Breaking Our Plastic Baggy Addiction

This year on Earth Day I resolved to curb our reliance on plastic baggies:
Breaking Our Plastic Baggy Addiction
We started using plastic sandwich baggies several years ago when we joined Costco, where they are cheap and BPA-free, and found them to be incredibly convenient.

I tried to bury my feelings of guilt over the waste of natural resources and money; guilt over sending hundreds of baggies to a landfill where they’d take hundreds of years to break down.

Ugh. I feel a little sick just thinking about it.

Time for a change.

Now instead of reaching for a sandwich or snack baggy:

Breaking Our Plastic Baggy Addiction

When we open our baggy drawer, we grab a LunchSkins Reusable Bag (BPA, pthalate, lead-free and dishwasher safe):

Breaking Our Plastic Baggy Addiction
Breaking Our Plastic Baggy Addiction

We also have glass Pyrex containers (with BPA-free lids) and bell jars topped with BPA-free Tattler reusable canning lids in the cupboard.

A friend recommended these stainless steel snack containers and I’ve been eyeing these Lunchbots containers to supplement our container storage (especially since we can’t bring glass containers to the pool and we plan to swim all summer long).

I hope to sew these washable container covers reminiscent of shower caps. (My mother-in-law has washable plastic ones like this that work great with leftovers, especially during the holidays.)

Do you have any tips or product suggestions for us? We’re excited to jump back on the plastic-free bandwagon again.

4 thoughts on “Breaking Our Plastic Baggy Addiction”

  1. The lunch baggies do look great! I have been trying to get away from plastic at least somewhat – I love the pyrex glass containers too. One I haven’t gotten yet, but I think sounds great is: Beeswax infused fabric for wrapping…

    I wonder if it would be functional to sew snack/sandwich baggies from PUL? I have some leftover from making wetbags for dirty clothes and diapers. I haven’t researched to see if the laminate has nasties you don’t want on food.

  2. Plastic is hard to get rid of. I recycle plastic bags from bread or when I forget my green grocery bags grocery shopping. I haven’t bought any of the cloth snack bags yet but have a few patterns to make them. We have a bunch of little hand sized snack bowls with lids for trips or overnight stays to Meme’s house. I also reuse good-sized jars from spaghetti sauce or salsa to hold grains or dried beans.

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