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Banishing Baggies

Banishing Baggies

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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  • Autumnkat By Autumnkat
    08.20.10  

    What a great idea and a clever new way to go green.

  • Redhedjewl By Redhedjewl
    08.20.10  

    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.

  • mainone22 By mainone22
    08.20.10  

    very clever

  • dac3365 By dac3365
    08.20.10  

    What a great idea, I will try them out!

  • aussiegirl By aussiegirl
    08.20.10  

    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??????

  • mnms1000 By mnms1000
    08.20.10  

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

  • Crystalparrelly By Crystalparrelly
    08.21.10  

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

  • DailyGrommet By DailyGrommet
    08.23.10  

    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!

  • liberalmommy By liberalmommy
    08.28.10  

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

  • darnold14 By darnold14
    08.29.10  

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

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