I’m crunchy enough to feel guilty every time I throw away a plastic bag. Yet, I’m not frugal enough to wash them out especially when I consider all the water and soap used to get them clean. So, i’ve been looking for an alternative, especially after I read Replace plastic bags with reusable sandwich containers at Mom Central Goes Green.
Recently, the Family Review Network had a review opportunity for LunchSkins, reusable fabric sandwich and snack bags in designs that will appeal to both adults and kids. The bags are available in three sizes – snack, sandwich and sub sizes.
LunchSkins are made with a thick cotton fabric that is used in European commercial bakeries and restaurants. They are completely dishwasher and washing machine safe. The bags are lead-free, bpa-free and phthalate-free. Prices are $7.85 for a snack bag, $8.95 for a lunch bag, and $10.95 for a sub bag.
LunchSkins sandwich bags
I was sent a sandwich sized bag in the bud logo design in pink for my daughter, Lucie, to have to replace the hard plastic sandwich container that we’d been using for most of the school year. (I dropped it enough times that it broke.)
When I received the bag in the mail, Lucie immediately put her name on the front with a permanent marker. (Idea for LunchSkins – create plain white lunch bags that kids can decorate and customize themselves with permanent marker.) She’s seven and was very good about making sure her sandwich bag wasn’t thrown out after lunch. Most days I’d hand wash the bags in warm, soapy water and dry it on a baby bottle rack. Once a week, I’d put it in the dishwasher for a more thorough washing.
After several weeks of use, the bag is still in great shape. The Velcro closure is holding up well, the fabric isn’t cracking, and the double-sewn seams are holding up well, too.
LunchSkins are better for the environment, practical, budget-friendly, fashionable and safe. I will be buying another bag for Lucie to keep snacks inm two bags for Nathan to use in his lunches, and maybe a few more to have on hand just in case for picnics and car trips.
LunchSkins can be purchased online at Lunchskins.com or at a number of retailers nationwide – check here for locations. You can also purchase them at ReusableBags.com with a flat rate of $4.95. However, they only carry the sandwich bags in limited colors.
Disclosure: Family Review Network sent me one sandwich bag to review. The opinions are my own.