Today, I’m going to review Reusable Lunchskins bags. You can purchase them off Amazon (https://amzn.to/2RRzeNk Amazon Affiliate) or their website for about twelve dollars.
I’m reviewing this product today because they help you lead a sustainable life because the company claims it can replace about 500 plastic zip bags in its lifetime. They are reusable, dishwasher-safe. They are BPA, Phthalates, and lead free. They are made out of quick-drying, durable, and lightweight plastic fabric. They can be used for sandwiches, nuts, crackers, vegetables, really anything that needs to be you know encased but not sealed up. So, no liquids. You can write a name on them if you have kids or you want if you want to label what’s inside.
So, all those things are great about lunchskins, but the real reason for using something like this over zipbags is that single-use plastic is a huge problem right now. And if you are not in the habit of cleaning and reusing your zipbags over and over and over again like us, then you are part of the problem. If you use one of these bags once and throw it away, that is even a bigger problem.
It is said that the use of single-use plastic has increased 20-folds over past 50 years, and it’s continuing to rise. And by 2050, plastic in the oceans will outweigh fish. And I believe that, because there’s already about 165 million tons of plastic floating in the Great Pacific garbage patch, right now. That is 25 times heavier than the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Now you might be asking the question, “Aren’t lunchskins plastic too?”
Yes, they are plastic. But the cool thing about Lunchskins is that you can send your old bags that you don’t want anymore back to the company and they send them to SCRAP PDX. SCRAP PDX using the old bags to make crafts with kids that are signed up for their programs. The program teaches kids about how to reuse materials and about environmentally sustainable behavior with these crafts. So, by re-purposing your bags and sending to this SCRAP PDX you are reducing waste that is sent to landfills and incinerators. Lunchskins also sends you a coupon for 35% off your next order.
So, it’s the whole cycle of purchasing items that just don’t go to the landfill and die. It’s creating a cycle that loops back around that makes things sustainable. Plastic zipbags eventually find there to the landfill, or to an incinerator, or to the ocean. Lunchskins like these can have a better life. The company, Lunchskins, also have sealable paper sandwiches bags that are recyclable. I haven’t tried those out, but those look pretty fabulous.
Those are positives about the Reusable Lunchskins bags. There are just a couple negatives that I can think. One is that the bags can have a weird plastic smell to them. My husband doesn’t like to put soft things in them like cookies because the food can then taste like the plastic smell. And the second negative might for some people be the cost of the bags. Twelve dollars for two sandwich bags is kind of expensive. But at the same time, you are making an investment in your future and in your sustainable life. You are reducing plastic in the world by using these in place of plastic zipbags.
Thanks for reading and hope to see you next week.
Take care of yourself <3
Business Insider: By 2050, the oceans could have more plastic than fish - https://www.businessinsider.com/plastic-in-ocean-outweighs-fish-evidence-report-2017-1
Lunchskins: We Repurpose - https://www.lunchskins.com/pages/repurpose