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6 green alternatives to plastic sandwich bags

posted by Sarah on July 29, 2013 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • MommyMaggie

    I totally need to get on the ball with this. I’ve thought about it many times. Although my kiddos aren’t in school yet, I do pack a lunch 3 days a week and my hubby 5. I’ll start on Etsy. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Marnie

    We’ve been using these for a few years now, and absolutely love them: http://www.etsy.com/shop/simplypractical

    The hold up fantastically; sometimes I simply wipe them out, other times I throw them in the laundry.

  • Suzy R

    wow this is really neat. Apparently I live under a rock and have never seen anything like this. Question though – for these bags that don’t have a plastic liner, just how do you keep the food fresh (like the sandwich bread from getting stale)?

  • SarahButtonedUp

    @disqus_JdGrSyIvv7:disqus – they ARE great! 🙂 You will love them. Bags without liners do a remarkably good job at keeping the food fresh. You just can’t leave them in overnight. So if you pack the night before & put lunches in the fridge, you should definitely go with the lined bags. Otherwise they do get a little stale and pick up scents of other food items in the lunchbox. At least that has been my experience.

  • Suzy R

    Thanks for the quick reply Sarah! These are adorable-I’m def getting some. Now the torment of choosing which ones to get :O

  • Suzy R
  • SarahButtonedUp

    Wow! Amazing. 🙂

  • sueb262

    Looking at these designs, most of them look like they’d be hard to get clean, especially the zippered ones. I’m the last person that could be labeled a germ-o-phobe, but these all look like breeding places. I’d like to see a design that folded completely flat so that there were no internal corners and that the bag could be laid open for air drying, etc.

  • laki

    I have to disagree fully with this article. Yes they are cute but not cheaper for us. Considering I would have to wash this and that costs detergent compared to the $1 we have to pay at the dollar tree or the 50 or so cents a box we find at local places. Cute but not exactly worth it for us personally.

  • mirage1440

    I bought sandwich wraps from Kids Konserve. They have a great lunch kit and a variety of stainless steel containers that are awesome! I love the wraps for sandwiches because 1) they also act like a placemat, covering the table and catching spills, 2) they open up flat so they are easier to clean than the bags, and 3) they can be used over and over and over.

  • http://www.thethingswellmake.com/ TJ
  • SarahButtonedUp

    Actually the ones that have nylon lining are really easily wiped down – including the Itzy Ritzy ones with the zipper closure. The velcro ones are probably hardest to get clean – but I just turn them inside out and put them through the washing machine & they come out fine.

  • SarahButtonedUp

    I don’t do a special wash for them – they go in with the regular laundry. So I’m not using (or adding) additional detergent or running an extra load. Never had an issue tossing them in with the other laundry items! Totally understand your point of view, but wanted to share that detail as it does make a difference.

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Cool! Thanks for sharing. Sounds like they are well worth checking out.

  • SarahButtonedUp

    🙂 Awesome – thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  • Sussie

    I really dont get this. Dont Americans use plastic lunch boxes? Keeps the food fresh as it is airtight, food will not get squeezed and the cleaning is super easy by hand or in dishwasher. why would you need a bag for sandwiches?

  • Sharon Maus

    No… Americans mostly just use plastics and disposables. The convenience is more important to most…

  • dAWN

    The problem with many of these plastic-lined pouches is that while they may be BPA-free, there are many other plastics in use today that are equally harmful to our health.

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