You recycle, reuse, and even remember to take your own bags to the
grocery store. But before you pen that acceptance speech for Greenest
Parent of the Year, don’t forget about the nasty habit you have every
day when you fill the kids’ lunchboxes. You know, when you tuck the
sammie and baby carrots into those evil little plastic sandwich bags
that are a pollutant to our environment. Sure, you tell the kids to
bring them home to use again, but it never happens.
This is the guilt trip Becky Harper and Karen Whorton had, and when they realized they were each throwing away about 10 bags a day, they knew they needed to right a very bad wrong.
In 2009 the two West Seattle moms created ReUsies Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags that are 100 percent cotton, lined with leak-resistant nylon, and secured with Velcro closures. They can be machine washed or
even washed in the dishwasher. The two sizes sandwich ($8.75) and snack
($6.75) — come in a variety of colors and designs (including sport themes
for your little sports fan and flowers for your girly girl). Get a10
percent discount on orders of three or more ReUsies, and orders are
shipped within 3 to 5 business days.
Harper and Whorton say that each ReUsie has the potential to eliminate
thousands of plastic bags. Given that the Environmental Protection Agency
estimates that plastic bags make up over ten percent of debris found on
U.S. coastlines, using ReUsies really could make a difference in the world
and in your own life.