Every Bag Matters

Giveaway Alert!  I have two giveaways with this post and two winners compliments of graze organic and ReUsies!  See details for entry below. ECO-ngratulations Cinella and Tamara! Cinella just won the set of reusable bags from graze organics and Tamara won the set of reusable bags from ReUsies!  Watch your email for more information!

Go look in your kitchen and tell me how many boxes of plastic sandwich and snack bags you have!

(Yes, that was an order…go look now!)

(I’m waiting!)

My pantry has one box of sandwich size bags and I plan on having that box last me the rest of the year!  We are slowly breaking our baggie habit.  It’s much easier to break the habit with my kids and myself but I’m still working on the hubster!  Did you know that the average person uses 3-4 baggies per day?  Multiply that number by the number of members in your family and then multiply that by 365 days of the year and you have a really big number don’t you??  (Ok…I’ll wait as you write that down and do the calculations!  For me that would be 6,840 baggies in just one year!!!)  I’m almost positive you are not like my dear sweet Grandmother who washes her baggies and reuses them, are you?  No, you use them once and throw them into the trash (which in case you are wondering is probably still sitting in a hole in the ground not far from your house.) 

Well I have a solution for you!  Reusable fabric sandwich and snack bags.  I found 2 brands which I was very fond of and want to share these wonderful companies with you. 

set_5a The first is graze organic, a small business in California, that makes 100% certified organic cotton bags.  Available in two sizes (sandwich and snack size) these bags have no plastic lining, are printed with water based (non-toxic/PVC-free/no plastisols) ink right here in the USA!  graze organic sells their bags in sets of 3 and in a deluxe set of 5 bags ($24-38/set) perfect for your complete lunch!  My son’s favorite graze bag is the ‘Surprise!’ bag!  Even if something doesn’t require a bag he insists that I put it in one of his bags!  It’s actually quite adorable!  The graze bags seal using hook/loop velcro and is very easy to use.  They aren’t lined so you should use caution if you want to put watermelon or other ‘water’ substances into them!

You may be wondering how easy they are to clean!  I actually (depending on what I put into them) reuse them a few times before I wash them.  Just open and shake clean (empty the crumbs the mice have left behind) and they are ready to use again.  They are machine washable too.  To extend the life of the fabric (and be a little greener) you could always hand wash them in your sink and lay them out to dry!  I tend to just throw them in wash with the kitchen towels at the end of the week.  Very cute and very functional bags!  Our graze organic bags have become a staple in our school lunches and in Lil’ B’s diaper bag (great for puffs and cereal snacks!!).

The second brand of bags is from ReUsies, a small business from Seattle.  The ReUsies bags are 100% cotton (not organic) Baseball and lined with a leak resistant nylon.  Don’t worry…the nylon used is BPA-free, Lead-free, and Phthalate-free so they are safe for you and your family!  ReUsies are also machine washable but since they are lined are very easy to wipe clean between washes.  ReUsies also have Velcro closures.  ReUsies currently have over 25 different fabric patterns for girls, boys, and adults!  My son is loving his baseball bag in black!

ReUsies are sold individually at $8.75 for the sandwich size and $6.75 for the snack size.  That’s about the cost of 1-2 boxes of disposable bags and you won’t ever run out!  Just think how much money you will save by not having to keep buying bags to throw away!  Your pocket book will thank you!

Buy It Now!  Don’t waste any more money on those disposable bags!  Invest in a set of reusable bags for each member of your family today.  Whether you like the graze organic bags or the ReUsies I’m sure the Earth will thank you!  

Win It!  Both graze organic and ReUsies are giving away a set of reusable bags.  graze organics is giving away a set of 3 bags (one large, two small) and ReUsies is giving away a set of 2 bags (one large, one small).  I will draw 2 winners, one for each brand.  Contest open to residents in the US. 

MANDATORY ENTRY!  Visit both graze organics and ReUsies and tell me your favorite style/design from each brand.  Leave a comment below with your responses. 

EXTRA ENTRY #1!  Follow us on Twitter!  @TheEcoChic @grazeorganic @ReUsies.  Leave a comment below telling me you follow us all!

EXTRA ENTRY #2!  Tweet about this giveaway!  “Reusable sandwich bags are great for the Earth! Win a set from @grazeorganic @ReUsies from @TheEcoChic www.theecochic.com”  Maximum of 5 extra entries for this contest!  Leave a comment below with a link to your tweet.

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Remember to leave a separate comment for each task and the first one is mandatory before the extra entries will be counted! 

Contest ends on Friday, October 16th, 2009 at midnight (EST).

LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS HERE TO ENTER!

ECO-ngratulations! Cinella and Tamara are the winners of this giveaway! Watch your emails for more information!

 

A set of graze organic reusable bags and a set of ReUsies reusable bags were provided by the companies for this review. 





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33 Responses to Every Bag Matters

  1. Slee says:

    my favorite graze: i like the “because every bag matters”
    my favorite reusies: i LOVE the blue burst sandwich bag.

    fentonslee at gmail dot com

  2. Slee says:

    @fentonslee has followed all parties.

  3. Slee says:

    facebook friend.

  4. Lindsay says:

    Love these!

    favorite graze: “because every bag matters”
    favorite reusies: Animal Crackers or Such a Square – I can’t decide!

  5. Lindsay says:

    @Calebsmamma – I’m now following all three on twitter!

  6. Lisa says:

    I like the sandwich, veggie, and snack set for the grazers.

    For the reusies, I like the black baseball bag.

    (Please delete previous comment…Pressed submit too early.)

  7. Ruth says:

    I like the surprise bag from the organics and the Asian Blu bag from Reuzies. thanks! ruth dot gray at gmail dot com

  8. Ruth says:

    I follow you all on twitter! ruth dot gray at gmail dot com

  9. Cinella says:

    From Graze organic I like the “because every bag matters” bags and the Ocean wave from ReUsies.

  10. Cinella says:

    Following all of ya’ll.

  11. Cinella says:

    Subscribed via feedburner: vetsmom_rgv at yahoo dot com

  12. Cinella says:

    Subscribed to google reader & shared with friends on facebook

  13. Justine says:

    favorite graze: the sandwich, fruit and surprise bags
    favorite reusies: asian blu

  14. Jennifer S, says:

    OMG… what a clever idea… I admit it.. big… huge ziploc a holic here!

  15. @EcolabelFund following all of you!

  16. On Graze Organics…love the sandwich, surprise & fruit

    On ReUsies – Love the Asian Blue!

  17. Ina Rose says:

    I liked the reusies a bit better because you could order sandwich separate from snack. I actually have been using the Laptop lunch boxes for all 3 kids for 3 years and LOVE them. No plastic bags at all but on the weekends when I pack up for the whole family I use bags or tupperware. I think the Graze bags are cute though and like the surprise bag as well. Like the organic aspect. I ordered 5 of the reusies so I’ll let you know how the family likes them. Great idea. Ina

  18. Julie says:

    Love the Surprise bag on graze organic and the Lady Bug from ReUsies – So cute!!

  19. Tamara says:

    From graze, I love the deluxe set of 5 bags. From Reusies, I like the hide n seek sandwich bag.

  20. Tamara says:

    I’m subscribed via feedburner.

  21. From graze organic I like the surprise snack. From ReUsies I like the Personal Picasso snack. Thanks!

  22. Following you guys on twitter @momof3dolls.

  23. Subscribe as khrysdoll@yahoo.

  24. At graze I love the deluxe set of 5
    sandwich, veggie, fruit
    snack & surprise! Great for early literacy too!
    At reusies I love the Animal Crackers Snack!

  25. I’m following you all on twitter. I’m @MomMostTraveled

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