Banishing Baggies

   By DailyGrommet  Aug 20, 2010

Here’s a statistic that will spoil your appetite: Every day, more than 20 million sandwich bags from school lunches wind up in landfills in the U.S.

When three moms (aka 3greenmoms) in Maryland heard that number, they decided to take action. Kirsten Quigley, Cristina Bourelly and Jennie Stoller Barakat (in photo, left to right) set out to develop reusable snack and sandwich bags to take the place of single-use plastic baggies and aluminum foil in kids’ lunchboxes. Their invention, called LunchSkins, is fresh, colorful and totally earth-friendly.


Printed with cool graphics, LunchSkins are made from a food-safe cotton that the trio hunted down in Europe, where it’s used by patisseries and bakeries. The durable material can withstand exposure to heat, so you can pop LunchSkins in the dishwasher after use. LunchSkins are hand-sewn by a family-owned manufacturer in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Each set comes with one sandwich bag (6.5 × 6.5 inches) and one snack bag (6.5 × 3.5 inches).


Daily Grommet’s own Rita R. told us about LunchSkins, which are part of the daily lunch routine at her daughter’s house. The new school year is nearly here, and 3greenmoms makes it easy to be more green when you’re packing lunchboxes. Kirsten, Cristina and Jennie have kept 12 million plastic baggies from the landfill so far, thanks to LunchSkins, and their goal is 100 million. Let’s help them bag that goal!


Do you use a lot of plastic bags?

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eksb327 by eksb327 | PARKER, CO
Nov 28, 2010

Love these! We use at least 4 plastic bags per school day, so I'm excited to recieve the order I just placed. Yeah!

musicmomma by musicmomma | LONG VALLEY, NJ
Nov 02, 2010

We do use quite a lot of plastic bags. I am going to look into these for sure! Great idea! Thanks!

sarcastic1 by sarcastic1 | Dodge Center, MN
Sep 09, 2010

What a terrific idea! I already re-wash my baggies once or twice. It will be great to have a longer lasting product!

hstacy3 by hstacy3 | centralia, WA
Sep 09, 2010

These are awesome!!! I hate all the sandwhich bags they are such a waste!! This is an awesome idea! Kuddos to the threegreenmoms!

centrej by centrej | WALLA WALLA, WA
Sep 09, 2010

This is awesome! It's an American made product, even though the material is from Europe. What a great idea that is simple and everyone can use. These are great baby shower gifts. :-)

Chele13 by Chele13 | GILBERTSVILLE, PA
Sep 08, 2010

These are great. I tend to use palstic ware to cart my stuff around then wash that out but these seem much more space saving. I'll have to look into this a bit more thanks!

darnold14 by darnold14 | Quinlan, TX
Aug 29, 2010

Love the idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

liberalmommy by liberalmommy | ROUND ROCK, TX
Aug 28, 2010

I totally NEED these! Thanks for the helpful info and great video.

DailyGrommet by DailyGrommet | Lexington, MA
Aug 23, 2010

Hi! Thanks for your questions about the Lunchskins. @Redhedjewl Cleaning the corners is not hard. You can turn them inside out for easy cleaning. They can also be thrown in the washing machine and dryer or handwashed and air dried. @aussiegirl Not sure how many times they can be reused, but it is alot! This fabric is actually a food safe pastry bag used in industrial bakery and restaurant settings. We are even told that builders use the pastry bags for concrete and grout work! They are very well made with durable double-stitched seams, are lead-free, bpa-free and phthalate-free. Each set is $16.50 with free shipping on Daily Grommet. Just click on one of the Lunchskins links in the story about to learn more about Lunchskins and purchase them, if you wish! Thank you!

Crystalparrelly by Crystalparrelly | FARMINGTN HLS, MI
Aug 21, 2010

this looks so cool! but how much do they cost? and how durable are they?

mnms1000 by mnms1000 | Prattville, AL
Aug 20, 2010

What a "smart idea". I would like to try them out, if I can find them.

aussiegirl by aussiegirl | doylestown, PA
Aug 20, 2010

great idea!!! just wish I had thought of it. I just wonder how long the lunch skins will last, how many times can they be used before you see wear and tear on them and then have to replace them. Cost??????

dac3365 by dac3365 | BOISE, ID
Aug 20, 2010

What a great idea, I will try them out!

mainone22 by mainone22 | joplin, MO
Aug 20, 2010

very clever

Redhedjewl by Redhedjewl | Independence, MO
Aug 20, 2010

This is very cool - I just wonder how well the dishwasher would get up into the corners? I will have to see if I can find them and try them out.