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Replacing the plastic sandwich baggie

July 11, 2010

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I don’t know about you, but I depend on those little plastic baggies almost every day. I know they aren’t good for the world, and millions are discarded into our landfills daily. And yet, when I’m making my sandwich at 7am, it seems like there aren’t many alternatives. There is tupperware, but after hearing many stories about chemicals leaching out the plastic and into my food, that doesn’t seem safe. There is pyrex, a really good choice but seriously heavy to lug to work. And there are wax bags, but those also seem to be one-use (they don’t clean very well).

I recently came across another alternative, and it seems to be pretty good. They are called lunchskins by 3greenmoms, and they are thick cotton colorful bags with a thin interior polyurethane liner. They are safe for the dishwasher, and BPA-free even when under high heat. And the designs are pretty cool. They come in different sizes for whatever type of food you are carrying and they can handle moisture pretty well. What do you think of lunchskins?

Here are two of the designs, lunch bag (left) and snack bag (right):

images via lunchskins

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2010 9:43 pm

    Well, at least we’re all on the same page and trying to find an alternative to the ubiquitous plastic bag.

    Two specific comments:

    First, you seem to dismiss tupperware because it’s plastic, but then put your food into a plastic baggie? That’s doesn’t make sense. Besides that, the tupperware has a longer life (i.e., can be re-used more times than a bag) and the plasticizers that make some plastic containers dangerous are, as you allude to elsewhere in your post, only really a problem when exposed to heat. Your plastic baggie also has the pasticizers. Maybe not the same ones or in the same quantity, but they are there nonetheless.

    Second, the lining of the lunchskins is polyurethane, which is a type of plastic. You still haven’t found a way around your original problem. BPAs are not the only plasticizers you need to worry about, and polyurethane products are not really any safer than polyethylene (PET) products.

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  2. July 12, 2010 3:33 am

    And the plastic baggies are not good for health as well. but who knows these lunchskins may harm us like baggies do. scientists must first do some research on it to see does it affect the food inside in a way harmful for people, or not?

  3. July 13, 2010 4:32 am

    I don’t think a couple of hours in a plastic bag is going to poison your food–microwaving in the bag or container is another story.

    Lunchskins is a neat idea–a craft shop down here started offering them a couple of years ago. Glad to see they are catching on.

  4. camille permalink
    February 6, 2012 12:37 am

    Maybe try the stainless steel sandwich boxes from Lunchbots or Sanctus Mundo? They are lightweight enough, and of course easy to clean and no worries about chems leaching into food.

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