Does anyone really love packing lunches?
Besides getting your kids to eat what you send (see last week’s blog here), what you send it in has become an environmental concern too! A single person can use, on average, 540 plastic sandwich bags in a year, and it takes about 100 years for those bags to not even decompose, just break down into microscopic pieces of plastic. That Domestic Chick likes to be environmentally friendly, so this week’s post will review reusable bags.
I went on Amazon and looked at the price of reusable bags. There are some synthetic bags that have a zip-seal that look great and probably wash well and have great reviews, but I wanted to pick a bag that I wasn’t familiar with and cheaper, to be honest. Paying $11 for a Stasher silicone sandwich bag is, in my humble opinion, really expensive! So I looked around for alternatives and settled on an Amazon’s Choice, reusable sandwich and snack bags from a company called Nordic by Nature.
I had already read about how these bags are food-safe, non-toxic, phthalate-free, lead-free, and BPA-Free. I have to mention that you get a LIFETIME WARRANTY and a percentage of profits goes to Save the Children! I also got to pick a pretty print! (There’s lots of great options for adults and kids, by the way.) Loved loved loved the pattern I picked right out of the box. But here at That Domestic Chick, we value skills and talents. So I put these bags through some tests of everyday usage.
First test I used was The Fresh Test. I wanted to see how long food would stay fresh in a bag with a zipper. The website says try to eat foods within six hours, but I wanted to find out how long food would stay fresh. So I loaded up a snack bag with 1 ounce of potato chips and pulled the zipper shut. At the six-hour mark, still very fresh. At 12 hours, still very fresh. 24 hours later, still very fresh. 48 hours later, they had slipped to fresh, and at 72 hours (3 days), the chips were a little stale.
After the Fresh Test, I put the bag in the top rack of my dishwasher to see how THAT was going to go down. I wondered if the bag would be heavy enough to stay in the rack or if I’d find it in the bottom of the dishwasher after the cycle was through. That would be gross and I’m not doing that. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find it still in place after the cycle, and mostly dry on the inside after the heat dry. After an overnight on my drying rack, it was dry on the inside.
The handle and the zipper are super easy to use and I would trust it opening for even preschool hands. The sizes I received in this multi-pack are a 8″ x 7.5 ” big sandwich bag, (2) 7″ x 6.5″ regular sandwich bags, and (2) 7″ x 4″ snack bags. All five bags were $14.99, and I have Amazon Prime, so no shipping costs. (The website for Nordic by Nature is currently advertising free shipping within the US, fyi. And they have more and cuter patterns on the website than on Amazon.) Since it is a zipper closure, it is NOT leakproof, but viscous solids like bbq sauce and mayo will not leak out. I even enlisted my husband to help me do The Zipper Test, and we sat on the couch and zipped and unzipped bags unmercilessly for quite a while. Each bag passed with flying colors! I also have to mention that you never run out of bags. That’s a win in my book, after having run out of sandwich bags and packed a handful of pretzels or whatever in a quart size freezer bag more times than I care to admit.
My conclusion is this: if you are concerned about how much plastic you and your family will consume this school year, and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for silicone bags, these bags from Nordic by Nature are an excellent alternative. Note: I did not receive any product or compensation from Nordic by Nature, I just like them a lot. If you are interested in buying these bags, the company website is www.nordiclunchbags.com or search Nordic by Nature on the Amazon website.
Beautiful, creative, organized, people-lover – I am two or three of those things every day. I am also the wife of an amazing husband, the mother of three adult children I am very proud of, and would love to have a Corgi one day. I love to help people by bringing order to chaos, show hospitality through food and planning events, and I’m learning calligraphy and hand lettering. Other favorites include cheesy cheese pizza, re-purposing home decor, using the crevice tool on my vacuum cleaner, and talking to people wherever I go.