If you cringe every time you pack a sandwich or snack into a plastic bag for a lunch or on-the-go munchie, get ready for some relief. Instead of guiltily knowing your plastic bags will end up piling in a landfill after a one-time use, you can feel good about using stylish cloth ones over and over again!
I have located cute patterned cloth snack bags from Plum Creek Mercantile which can be used for most lunch foods such as chips, pretzels, sandwiches, and veggies. If you need bags that can also hold fruit and other soft items that might squish into a liquid, try the snack bags from Etsy as some are actually waterproof. Both snack bag brands are said to be easy to open and perfect for kids.
Both the Mercantile and Etsy snack bags are extremely easy to clean and care for. Mercantile suggests either machine washing and drying them or washing them right along with your dinner dishes and hanging them out to dry overnight! Each Etsy vendor should state the best cleaning method for their snack bags.
Think about if you pack a lunch using two snack bags everyday for 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year- that’s 520 bags a year from one person alone! Switching to cloth snack bags is a fun and simple way to “go green” and avoid the otherwise never-ending purchases and disposal of plastic sandwich bags.