Sandwich and Snack Bag Set

Banishing Baggies

Here’s a statistic that will spoil your appetite: Every day, more than 20 million sandwich bags from school lunches wind up in landfills in the U.S.

When three moms (aka 3greenmoms) in Maryland heard that number, they decided to take action. Kirsten Quigley, Cristina Bourelly and Jennie Stoller Barakat (in photo, left to right)
set out to develop reusable snack and sandwich bags to take the place of single-use plastic baggies and aluminum foil in kids’ lunchboxes. Their invention, called LunchSkins, is fresh, colorful and totally earth-friendly.

Printed with cool graphics, LunchSkins are made from a food-safe cotton that the trio hunted down in Europe, where it’s used by patisseries and bakeries. The durable material can withstand exposure to heat, so you can pop LunchSkins in the dishwasher after use. Each set comes with one sandwich bag (6.5 × 6.5 inches) and one snack bag (6.5 × 3.5 inches).

The Grommet’s own Rita R. told us about LunchSkins, which are part of the daily lunch routine at her daughter’s house. Each new school year, 3greenmoms makes it easy to be more green when you’re packing lunchboxes. Kirsten, Cristina and Jennie have kept 12 million plastic baggies from the landfill so far, thanks to LunchSkins, and their goal is 100 million. Let’s help them bag that goal!
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Cris

    My name is Cris Bourelly, and I am one of the founders of 3greenmoms, the makers of LunchSkins reusable sandwich and snack bags. While sitting around a kitchen table, my partners and I started talking about the disposable zippered plastic baggie. We were using dozens a day and wanted to change our wasteful habit. When we couldn’t find an easy alternative that fit with our busy lifestyles, we designed LunchSkins! These little reusable food baggies are tested food-safe, dishwasher-safe, colorful and perfect for all ages. We’ve been eagerly anticipating our “appearance” on Daily Grommet, and I am here to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

  • Jeff Cox
    Jeff Cox
    8/10/2010 12:17 PM

    Nice find Rita!

  • Stefa
    8/10/2010 12:23 PM

    Looks like a great nice....quick does it do with peanut butter sandwiches or tuna (perennial favorites in our house of four kids)....

  • Mary
    8/10/2010 12:26 PM

    Great idea Cris! I find myself rinsing out and reusing zippered sandwich and snack bags because I feel guilty about using them just once, I have been looking for alternatives. I'm curious as to how your cloth bags are at keeping sandwiches from drying out. Do they close with velcro?

  • Kimberly
    8/10/2010 12:26 PM

    I just bought lunch bags again for the school year and cringed when I did this. Last year we tried tuperware but then it did nto fit in the lunch boz. So this is perfect. My question is - does it fit any size bread. We use WW Arnold bread and it is a bit wider than a regular sandwich bag. Please let me know. Thank you, :)

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    8/10/2010 12:35 PM

    Thanks for your feedback, Grommeteers! As for closure - it is a velcro-like foldover.

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    8/10/2010 12:55 PM

    Here are a couple more answers - my kids like peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, and I can get it out of the LunchSkins pretty easily. The sandwich size LunchSkin is modeled after a sandwich size zippered plastic baggie. Can you get your WW Arnold bread into those?

  • Myrna
    8/10/2010 2:24 PM

    I would buy some if they were available in solid colors.

  • Jessica
    8/10/2010 2:45 PM

    What if you don't have a dishwasher? Can you hand-wash them relatively easily? Can you turn them inside out to get rid of all the gunk that might get into corners?

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    8/10/2010 3:17 PM

    If you don't have a dishwasher, you can certainly hand wash and air dry them. In addition, you can throw them in the washing machine and dryer. They will look "newest" if you wash gently (never scrub the outside where the designs are screened), but hold up awfully well for such a cute baggie! Remember, this fabric is used in industrial bakery and restaurant settings. We even had our German supplier tell us that he has heard of builders using the pastry bags for concrete and grout work!

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    8/10/2010 3:20 PM

    Sorry - I just thought that I would add that the baggies can be turned inside out for easy cleaning. Cleaning the corners is not hard - the only thing that I want to mention is that the fabric can stain, so I wouldn't use the baggies for raspberries and that sort of thing.

  • Joan
    8/11/2010 8:01 AM

    Have you thought of making larger bags to accommodate make-up, travel needs, storage of ..., any non-perishable?

  • Carolie
    8/11/2010 9:42 AM

    I think these are a great idea and just ordered a set. Have you thought of just some plain colors. I know I would use them for my husband but he would not be crazy about such happy designs. Thanks!

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    8/11/2010 11:10 AM

    Good morning everyone! We welcome this feedback about our designs and other types of bags (for makeup, etc.). We have lots of ideas in development - we've only been selling LunchSkins for about a year and a half, so I think there are lots of great things to come! Stay tuned.

  • Lisa
    8/12/2010 9:34 AM

    I have 4 pre-teen aged boy's...would deffinitely buy when some more boy design opptions are available. I love the idea of the product and the impact it will have in improving the enviroment. Will deffinitely share with friends with girls.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/12/2010 10:11 AM

    @Lisa - pre-teen boys definitely prefer an edgier, less whimsical, look! I think younger boys would do fine with many of these choices.

  • Sara
    8/13/2010 2:10 PM

    I love this idea and plan on buying several sets for my personal use at the office. I would like to see one size bigger for my lunch items that won't fit in a sandwich bag, I'd get a bunch of those in a heart beat. I can't wait to stop using the plastic bags!

  • Robert hardt
    Robert hardt
    8/22/2010 3:46 PM

    Great idea, but what about the chemical wastes from the dishwasher?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/22/2010 5:45 PM

    @Robert - I agree there are always pros and cons to weigh for every situation! You can wash these by hand, too. If you are already running a dishwasher, adding these to your load wouldn't increase any waste that is already occurring.

  • Melanie Adkins
    Melanie Adkins
    8/25/2010 2:48 PM

    This is a tremendous site BUT... the prices of these items are ridiculously high. You complain about how the alternatives fill landfills, but the reason is, they are CHEAP to use. Yes I know eventually the recycled would pay for itself, but for a budget family like mine, we can't wait that long. Going to the dollar store for the plastic bags is so much easier. Come up with an affordable alternative, then talk to me. I love your site, just can't afford it.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/25/2010 10:03 PM

    @Melanie, thanks for your feedback! We would love it if you have products that you value, that make your life easier, come from responsible companies and are at a good price, to let us know about them! Daily Grommet is a platform for ordinary citizens to have a say in the types of products they value and want to see succeed. Stick with us, we know that someday we'll feature something that matches your budget and needs, whether it's a meaningful present or something special for you. Thanks again for posting!

  • Jermaine
    8/27/2010 10:33 AM

    I embedded the video of the LunchSkins at my new blog and posted about it and referred visitors to here.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/27/2010 12:32 PM

    @Jermaine, that's great thanks! Good luck with you your new blog.

  • Tobi
    9/10/2010 12:24 AM

    I love these! I think they would be a GREAT fundraiser for schools!!! Have you guys given that any thought? It would be wonderful for PTA fundraisers or fundraisers for sports teams within schools. Not only would we be raising money but helping the enviroment as well as teaching our kids the importance of being Green! Please respond because I would seriously like to know if this is possible. Thank you!

  • Dina
    9/10/2010 1:41 AM

    I'm with "Tobi," and think it would be a fabulous idea if the product could possibly be bought in bulk and sold to schools for fundraising events. If you could put the school name or logo on the bags, I think our school would have them flying off the shelves! ( Or PTO table, but you get the gist! ) The kids in school now are so conscious of the environment and would happily convince their parents that this would be a "must have" item for school!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/10/2010 11:25 AM

    @Tobi and Dina - Great idea!! LunchSkins does have a fundraising program. I will contact each of you directly with more information.

  • Bonnie
    3/3/2011 2:18 PM

    @Katherine - Daily Grommet Community Team:

    I would also like fundraisinf information. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

  • Audrey J. Buck
    Audrey J. Buck
    8/13/2011 7:25 AM

    @Katherine - Daily Grommet Community Team: we are looking for a fundraiser for 4H , These eco friendly bags would be great. Can they be made in solid colors or with a 4H logo? Please contact me.

  • Valerie
    9/12/2010 3:57 AM

    Great product idea! I would also be interested in fundraising information for our PTA. Please let me know if this is possible.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/12/2010 1:02 PM

    @Valerie - I have sent you an email with more information. Thanks!

  • robyn gilbert
    robyn gilbert
    9/17/2010 8:39 PM

    We are an active duty military family stationed overseas, Yokosuka, Japan. I am interested in your product to present to fundraising chair. BTW, is the shark/Navy blue pattern discontinued? will you consider a school logo pattern if we order in bulk? looks like a great product, our school is one of the largest DODea elementary schools, Sullivan's Elementary.


  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/17/2010 11:02 PM

    @Robyn - thank you for your service to our country! I have sent you information about the LunchSkins fundraising program. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Jen
    9/23/2010 5:47 AM

    I was thrilled that my husband was willing to use the LunchSkins I purchased for our boys (he packs lunches 3 days a week, and it made me cringe how many bags he was using when we had a cupboard full of tupperware)! Go MD Moms (I got ours at Mom's organic market in Rockville MD)! I would be interested in finding out about the LunchSkins fundraising program, especially if the school logo pattern were an option.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/23/2010 11:33 AM

    @Jen - that's great that you were able to convert your husband to a non-disposable option. I have sent you information about the LunchSkins fundraising program. Thank you for posting!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/11/2011 12:02 PM

    We featured these popular snack bags a year ago and have carried over the conversation from the first feature. Laura from LunchSkins is on hand for any questions that you have.

  • Cathy
    8/11/2011 12:11 PM

    I don't see a response to Mary's questions about whether LunchSkins keep sandwiches from drying out, but I'd like to know, especially from someone who has first-hand experience with them.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/11/2011 12:21 PM

    @Cathy: I don't know how we missed that last time. I will have Laura respond.

  • Laura
    8/11/2011 12:54 PM

    @Cathy: Hi Cathy, I can tell you from first hand experience, as my daughter uses LunchSkins every day of the school year and has never complained of a dried out sandwich. We recommend that you make them the morning of as they are not made for long term storage. I hope this helps.

  • Rhonda
    8/11/2011 12:27 PM


    I'd also like to know whether sandwiches dry out or leak (wet tuna or egg salad), and if you can keep cut fruit or veggies in them without water/juices leaking out. We pack three lunches six days per week, so these would be great!

    I also agree about more design diversity...solids for my husband and 17 yr. old, or school logos. I would also like more information about fundraising.

    As to the person who said they are too expensive. I pay $4.59 for 200 plastic generic baggies (not on sale). I go through a box every month, so it would be paid for in three months.


  • Laura
    8/11/2011 12:49 PM

    Sandwiches should stay fresh for a minimum of 4 hours and generally longer. Although we are always working to perfect the Lunchskins baggies, they are held closed by Velcro and as such are not 100% leak proof . Velcro will maintain its ability to close and withstand the high heat of a dishwasher and dryer. Many other closure types we tested, would not. Food safety is of the utmost importance to us. We are always updating our styles, please check back with the Daily Grommet frequently to see new colors/ styles as they become available.

  • Cherrise
    8/11/2011 2:38 PM

    I'm involved in fundraising at my childs school as well as a private dance team. I would love info on your fundraising.

    I, too, would love to see some additional patterns, maybe some solid colors. Can we do a school logo yet? if so, what is minimum order # for that. thanks!

  • Laura
    8/11/2011 2:49 PM

    @Cherrise: Hi, Cherrise! We are changing styles from time to time and do take customers requests into consideration, I will pass your request along and thank you for it. Katherine will point you in the direction of fundraising with LunchSkins.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/11/2011 3:32 PM

    @Cherrise: I have emailed you the fundraising information. Thank you for stopping by today!

  • Jennifer
    8/11/2011 4:13 PM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the lunchskins- have been using them for going on three years now and they're still in fantastic shape! I add more every school year just to increase the supply. My husband, my son and I all use them to take our lunches. I have found it's easier to flip them inside out when I toss them in the dishwasher. Definitely a fabulous idea. Can you send me the fundraising information as well? Thanks

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/11/2011 4:18 PM

    @Jennifer : Thanks for sharing how these have lasted years for you. I will send you the fundraising information.

  • Tami
    8/12/2011 10:58 PM

    One thing that I did not see addressed was whether or not they kept food as fresh as Zip-lock bags! Could you please let me know and how it keeps food fresh.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/13/2011 10:23 AM

    @Tami: These are more for the short term use of sending snacks and sandwiches to school, on a picnic, or to work. For longer term storage, no, the LunchSkins will not keep things as fresh as a Ziploc bag.

  • sarah garrigues
    sarah garrigues
    8/16/2011 6:30 PM

    i work at, and my three boys attend, a small private school. we have a big emphasis on environmental ideals. i, too, would like the fundraising information.

    thank you,


  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/17/2011 12:15 AM

    @sarah garrigues: Great! We're glad this looks like a good fundraiser for your school.

  • Anita Brandon
    Anita Brandon
    9/5/2011 1:02 PM

    I would love the fundraising information.

    Thanks, Anita

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/5/2011 11:08 PM

    @Anita Brandon: I have sent it your way!

  • tee
    9/11/2011 6:36 PM

    Do you realize its over $16 for just a sandwich bag and a snack bag? You can easily reuse a plastic chinese take out container for sandwiches... or if you're worried about bpa, you can get a non-bpa or glass 'tupperware' container for half the price. It would also protect the sandwich from getting squished by anything heavier... like apples or drink container. Am i hater? I guess... but it just seems kinda crazy. I think its a great idea if it was like $4 a sandwich bag.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/11/2011 9:39 PM

    @tee: We think these go a step beyond a utilitarian solution and add a little bit of style to a lunchbox too. The solutions you mention are great options, too! We're glad that you stopped by today.

  • Jamie Harvey
    Jamie Harvey
    10/3/2011 9:12 AM

    I bought Lunchskins bags for two of my kids last year when they were featured on your website. I must share that I LOVE these bags. I have used them almost every day of the school year last year and this year. They are still in great shape. They are not stained, torn or faded. I throw them in the dishwasher and they come out good as new!! Thank you for featuring tested and true items that are a good value!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/3/2011 10:33 AM

    @Jamie Harvey: We are thrilled to have you come back after a year and report that you still love your Packits. We are glad that they have worked out so well for you.

  •  sean
    8/6/2012 12:49 PM

    Perfection. Brilliant idea. Will be ordering mine for sure. Great way to take another dent out of pollution in a fun, elegant, and easy way. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  • Laura
    8/6/2012 1:00 PM

    @ sean Thank you for your kind words and the LunchSkins family hopes that enjoy using your LuncSkins and pass along the word to others!

  •  Denise M
    Denise M
    8/29/2012 9:05 AM

    I purchased this and used the lunchskin for a couple slices of bread to take to work a few times. I was disappointed because the bread gets stale by lunchtime, one day I ended up taking the bread home and by then it was hard! I'm back to using ziplock sandwich bags. Sounded like a good idea anyway, the lunchskins.

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    8/29/2012 8:43 PM

    @ Denise M: I am sorry to hear that you've been disappointed by LunchSkins. We usually don't hear this complaint, so my advice is just based on personal experience using my own LunchSkins.

    My family often uses LunchSkins inside another bag - like a lunch tote or lunch box. This may provide another barrier layer for your sandwich. Have you also considered wrapping your sandwich in a reusable napkin that you can use later? This could also help. Finally, are you closing the bag tightly around the sandwich to minimize gaps?

    Please know that we have a 100% money back guarantee, so if you aren't happy with your purchase or can't use it for foods other than sandwiches, please return it and you will be refunded. I hope this helps!

  • Paul
    9/4/2012 12:24 PM

    ...great idea :)

    Any plans to sell through places like Trader Joe's or Whole Foods?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/6/2012 1:50 AM

    @Paul Tamaro: The bags are available in some Whole Foods. We would love it if you purchased them directly from us. The only way we make money to continue what we are doing is by selling the products we feature at our site.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.