A steady supply of snacks is always a must when you’re on the go with kids, but the waste of one-and-done baggies doesn’t have to be. If you’re hoping to make snack time a little greener, swap those plastic baggies for one of these functional snack bags that are both super stylish and eco-friendly.
If you’re not a fan of the zippers and cloth, these simple reusable snack bags mimic the traditional single-use bags pretty well. They store flat but feature a gusset bottom with plenty of room, and the air-tight lock top can even hold liquid. The bags are food-safe, BPA-free and can easily be washed and used again and again. They also feature a reusable label you can write on with a dry erase marker and wipe clean.
Available at amazon.com, starting at $6.99.
Looking to entice a picky eater? These adorable organic cotton snack sacks are sure to do the trick. Who can resist the cute, curious panda or the smiling toast that adorns the front of these reusable snack and sandwich bags? With several designs to choose from, the sack features a recycled polyester lining and velcro closure. The whole thing can be tossed in the washer for easy cleaning. Fluf Flip also has an equally cute zip-top version.
Available at amazon.com, starting at $7.99.
PackIt Freezable Snack Bag
How many times have you misplaced those freezable ice packs that help keep everything cool? If the answer is too many, you’ll love the PackIt Freezable snack bag. The reusable bag is made with a non-toxic gel liner that keeps the contents cool without any extra ice packs. Simply freeze it overnight, then pack it and go!
Available at amazon.com, $12.99.
Love the convenience of those no-mess pouches for your tots? Take those purees on the go without worrying about waste. These colorful reusable food pouches can be refilled again and again, so you’ll always have a handy way to feed your toddler away from home. Squooshi’s leak-proof, BPA-free pouches come in a pack of ten and are dishwasher and freezer safe.
Available at amazon.com, $9.99.
Personalized Snack Bags
This is an awesome option for storing snacks and making sure your reusable bag comes home every day. Get your child's name added.
Available on etsy.com, $11.
Fold-Over Snack Bags
Food-safe fabric makes up these fold-over snack bags. They come in tons of cute fabrics that your kids will love.
Available on etsy.com, $8.
These bags by Stasher may seem totally simple, but don’t let that fool you. They're extremely durable, non-toxic and are oven/microwave/freezer/dishwasher safe. They use a simple air-tight pinch-press seal to keep snacks fresh and come in several different colors and sizes.
Available on amazon.com, $11.99.
Smelly Proof reusable bags take back-to-school lunches to another level. Never worry about stinky foods lingering in that lunchbox! The smell-proof bags come in a variety of sizes and are liquid-, moisture- and puncture-resistant. No mess, no smells!
Available on Amazon, $6.99+.
Russbe offers a ton of different options when it comes to reusable snack bags (hello, these monster ones are too cute), and you'll get an entire set, which is perfect for all kinds of snacks and food.
Available on amazon.com, $13.99 for a set of 2 snack bags and 2 sandwich bags.
Never Too Much of a Good Thing
LunchSkins claim to be the world's first patent-pending, self-sealing, disposable paper bag. They’re 100% plastic free, recyclable, disposable, and sealable. They come in a bunch of fun prints and are perfectly sized for sandwiches and snacks.
Available on amazon.com, $4.99 for a 50-count box.
BooginHead has some of the cutest patterns around. Their Pack’Ems snack bags come in two sizes a pack, are easy to open and close with a Velcro Press-Lok, stand on their own for easy snacking and are dishwasher safe. They’re also environmentally friendly and totally affordable.
Available on amazon.com, $4.56 for a pack of two.
Bumkins Snack Bags
From your little superhero to your pretty princess, Bumkins snack bags have a print for everyone: Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Mickey Mouse and more. The small size is great for dry snacks, while the bigger size is perfect for sandwiches. Both sizes use a zipper closure, are machine washable and are eco-friendly.
Itzy Ritzy Mini Reusable Snack and Everything Bag
Send your snacks to school in style with these Itzy Ritzy mini reusable snack bags. Made from an FDA-approved food-safe lining, the bags are BPA, lead and phthalate PVC free. These adorable packs are made with a water-resistant lining and a zipper to keep snacks neat and tidy. Did we mention they're also machine washable?
Dozens of prints and designs are available at amazon.com, $7.35 and up.
Hunny Bee Beeswax Wraps
These organic beeswax wraps are made with ethically harvested beeswax and are a biodegradable alternative to traditional plastic wrap. With a six-piece set of three different-sized square wraps, you can securely wrap up anything from sandwiches to cut fruits and veggies with a secure, mess-free seal. Each wrap can be cleaned and reused for up to a year. Once they’ve lost their stickiness, you can even extend their lives as kitchen cloths.
Available at amazon.com, $18.98.
Art of Lunch Designer Lunch Bags
Perfect for mom, dad or the kiddos, these designer reusable lunch bags are made from a cotton fabric that is lined with BPA, PVC and phthalate-free food-safe polyester lining. The Art of Lunch has partnered with artists from around the world, such as Portugal, Indonesia, Sweden, the United States, Germany, Brazil and Israel, and many have pledged to give back to their community with profits from the sale of their products. Choose from 10 designs.
Available on amazon.com, $24.95.
Langsprit Pouch Cloth Snack Bags
These cute sets are made with washable fabric and feature zip closures and adorable, colorful prints.
Available on amazon.com, $7.99 and up.
Hello! Lucky x Boon Supply Snack Bags
This adorable set of three snack bags come with fun graphics and cute sayings, designed by Hello! Lucky, like "Stay paws-itive," and "It's cool!" The bags have a standard sandwich bag-like zipper closure and are larger than other reusable snack bags we've seen; you'll have no problem packing that favorite sandwich or other lunch ideas for kids. Plus, you'll be eco-friendly while giving back: Boon Supply donates 40% of all merchandise purchases to a cause of your choice. It's a win-win!
Available at boonsupply.com, $18.
For a budding artist, the EcoDitty Color Your Own Snack Ditty is perfect. Each is made with 100% Organic Cotton and comes with three non-toxic permanent fabric markers. They also offer Color Your Own Turtle and Color Your Own Earth.
Available at ecoditty.com, $14.40.
—Kate Loweth, Felissa Allard & Shahrzad Warkentin