Drop the Plastic Baggie Look With Lunchskins!

There’s no getting around it, packing a lunch is the frugal thing to do. Usually it’s the healthiest option too. But what about all those plastic containers and plastic bags? They aren’t economical, health-friendly or kind to the environment.

There are all sorts of alternatives out there. My favorite? Lunchskins. These brightly colored, U.S. made bags come in three sizes: snack, sandwich, and sub. They’re free of lead, Bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates. They can be reused hundreds of times and withstand the high heat of dishwashers, washing machines and dryers.

Our Lunchskin bags have softened after repeated use, just like a pair of jeans tend to do. We find they’re best washed inside out and can be personalized with permanent markers to avoid lunch packing squabbles. They’re also handy for packing non-lunch items.

The three busy moms who started the company estimate that sales of Lunchskins averted the use of 12 million plastic baggies in just one year. In 2011 they hope to prevent 100 million baggies from getting dropped in the trash.

Laura is the author of a poetry collection titled Tending and Free Range Learning, a handbook of natural learning. She lives on a small farm notable only for its lovestruck goose.