Brown Bagging In Style

Before we all suffocate in a sea of plastic, let’s give three cheers for Erin Kelly-Dill of Western Massachusetts. This inventive mother of three realized she was using more than 500 disposable sandwich baggies a year and vowed to put a end to it all by creating our Earth Day Grommet: snackTAXI. My daughter was the one who alerted me to these eco-friendly snack and sandwich sized bags. They’re cute, they’re reusable, they’re dishwasher safe, and now they’re in my kitchen at the ready for summer picnics, camp outs, road trips, and beach days. The bags, offered here in two sizes, are put together by a team of local sewers and they come in plain or printed fabric that can withstand the wear and tear of the lunch box crowd. SnackTAXI is a great idea for birthday gifts, teacher gifts, or for your girlfriend, who in these Spartan times, has become a die-hard brown-bagger.We give a big green light to snackTAXI.

snackTAXI

Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags

Brown Bagging In Style

Before we all suffocate in a sea of plastic, let’s give three cheers for Erin Kelly-Dill of Western Massachusetts. This inventive mother of three realized she was using more than 500 disposable sandwich baggies a year and vowed to put a end to it all by creating our Earth Day Grommet: snackTAXI. My daughter was the one who alerted me to these eco-friendly snack and sandwich sized bags. They’re cute, they’re reusable, they’re dishwasher safe, and now they’re in my kitchen at the ready for summer picnics, camp outs, road trips, and beach days. The bags, offered here in two sizes, are put together by a team of local sewers and they come in plain or printed fabric that can withstand the wear and tear of the lunch box crowd. SnackTAXI is a great idea for birthday gifts, teacher gifts, or for your girlfriend, who in these Spartan times, has become a die-hard brown-bagger.We give a big green light to snackTAXI.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Erin, Founder snackTaxi
    Erin, Founder snackTaxi

    Hi, everyone! I I invented snackTAXIs as a way to stem the tide of plastic ziplock bags that flowed from our house to the landfill when our 3 kids started school. We pack over 500 lunches every year, and had definitely fallen prey to the easy appeal of the ziplock bag. snackTAXIs are easy too -- really! They are made in our home-based workshop by talented (and fun!) local sewers, and we are committed to keeping our business local, and will never outsource our labor. I look forward to reading your comments and am happy to answer questions.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    4/22/2009 1:40 PM

    Great idea! I saw in the video Erin that you generally clean them my just brushing out the crumbs. But if I decide to give them a real scrubbing with soap and water, how long do they take to dry out? How about throwing them in the wash?

  • Lilly
    Lilly
    4/22/2009 1:40 PM

    How cute, and smart. Great Earth Day idea.

  • Erin, Founder snackTaxi
    Erin, Founder snackTaxi – Special Guest
    4/22/2009 2:24 PM

    Hi Lisa,

    When we want a more thorough washing, we usually machine wash and dry them. If they're really mucky, you can also stand them up in the sink and fill them up with hot soapy water- it drains out eventually, but by them the muck is more manageable!

    After a thorough soaking, they do take a bit of time to dry- we use a small drying stand meant for plastic bags. Overnight usually does it in terms of drying time.

    Happy Earth Day!

    Erin

  • PeonyJen
    PeonyJen
    4/22/2009 2:24 PM

    Love these. Great work!

  • Leah
    Leah
    4/22/2009 4:51 PM

    I love them! We have been using them for a long time now. I have not bought any little plastic bags in almost a year now because of them.

  • Daniel
    Daniel
    4/23/2009 7:54 AM

    We go through lots of Ziplock bags, not so much for lunch as for storing things in the fridge. Of course, you have to wash them, but we run the dishwasher most days so it doesn't sounds hard. And if all that's in them is crumbs, you wouldn't even need that. I'll try them.

    These could make good gifts, too!

  • emily
    emily
    4/24/2009 9:22 AM

    I LOVE the snacktaxi and will be ordering a few for my four children! No more plastic!

  • Jenny
    Jenny
    4/27/2009 12:46 PM

    Hello,

    I was just wondering how well the velcro enclosure holds up over time and repeated washings. Thanks!

  • brian
    brian
    6/15/2009 3:45 PM

    To good of a place for pathogens to live....I wouldn't risk it with kids.

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Grommet Team
    6/18/2009 6:10 PM

    @Brian, I can understand your concern about keeping eating supplies sanitary. The linings here are coated nylon, and easy to clean with warm, soapy water (just like our hands). You can also put these in the washing machine. I tend to re-use plastic baggies (which I do not clean between uses), so I think of this as equally clean. This is a great re-usable item.

  • Ann
    Ann
    6/25/2009 3:16 PM

    I am concerned about the polyurethane coating under the nylon. I really can't see how polyurethane is safe-even though you have had the bags tested. Are they FDA approved?

  • Erin, Founder snackTaxi
    Erin, Founder snackTaxi – Special Guest
    6/29/2009 9:22 PM

    @Ann, because this type of nylon isn’t generally used for this purpose, it hasn’t been tested for food safety. It has, however, been tested for safety in terms of a child putting it in their mouth, which, to me, feels good. I think I’d rather know it can safely be mouthed by a toddler.

  • Naan
    Naan
    8/25/2009 7:08 AM

    These things are cute and practical is suppose, but I do think i prefer a lunch box (+ elastic band). Velcro tends to wear off after a while, and I don't feel like having a backpack full off breadcrumbs because the Velcro didn't close up that good.

    They are probably harder to break than plastic lunchboxes are (you can step on them without breaking!) and will take up less space if you pack a small lunch, but I think your sandwiches might get mushed and it's easier to wash out a lunchbox every day than waiting for the thing to come back from the laundry. The mushy thing probably isn't that much of an issue for people that are now using plastic bags, but it would be to me.

    Thanks though, for trying to eliminate plastic!

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn
    8/4/2010 11:17 AM

    I think these are great, but I was really bothered by the gender profiling in the video. Girls or boys could like flowers or sports items--please be aware that such comments can be offensive.

    Can you give more information about the materials used? Where does the nylon come from? And who approves it as child safe?

    thank you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/4/2010 11:44 AM

    @Carolyn - thank you for that feedback. We are continually trying to improve our message and appreciate hearing from our community.

    Regarding your question, this is what snackTAXI provides as information: The exterior of a snackTAXI is comprised of 100% cotton, and the interior is lined with polyurethane coated nylon. According to the most recent information from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act's website (the CPSIA deals with the safety of items used by children), these materials have been found to be inherently free of lead of lead and phthalates, and therefore do not require testing. Our nylon has been tested, however, and confirmed to be lead and phthalate free!

  • Carla
    Carla
    8/27/2010 3:06 PM

    @Carolyn: I think making generalizations is fine since although boys and girls CAN like stuff intended for the other gender, MOST boys don't want flowery stuff at school. We'd all do better to be less easily offended. You can use whatever pattern for your kid.

  • Connie
    Connie
    1/3/2011 4:25 PM

    I think these bags are a great idea but I would be soooo worrried about bacteria forming. They do not seem too "washing" friendly. The demonstrator also mentioned that she very seldom washes it out. Are you not afraid of your child getting food poisoned? Many children get sick stomachs, vomiting and the like and people just figure it is the flu - wrong - it is things like this that cause a child to injest terrible bacteria which makes them quite ill.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/3/2011 4:40 PM

    @Connie: No need to worry, you can clean these in the washing machine, or the dishwasher, or by wiping with a cloth.

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

 

snackTAXI

Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags

Brown Bagging In Style

Before we all suffocate in a sea of plastic, let’s give three cheers for Erin Kelly-Dill of Western Massachusetts. This inventive mother of three realized she was using more than 500 disposable sandwich baggies a year and vowed to put a end to it all by creating our Earth Day Grommet: snackTAXI.

My daughter was the one who
alerted me to these eco-friendly snack and sandwich sized bags. They’re cute, they’re reusable, they’re dishwasher safe, and now they’re in my kitchen at the ready for summer picnics, camp outs, road trips, and beach days.

The bags, offered here in two sizes, are put together by a team of local sewers and they come in plain or printed fabric that can withstand the wear and tear of the lunch box crowd. SnackTAXI is a great idea for birthday gifts, teacher gifts, or for your girlfriend, who in these Spartan times, has become a die-hard brown-bagger.We give a big green light to snackTAXI.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Erin, Founder snackTaxi
    Erin, Founder snackTaxi

    Hi, everyone! I I invented snackTAXIs as a way to stem the tide of plastic ziplock bags that flowed from our house to the landfill when our 3 kids started school. We pack over 500 lunches every year, and had definitely fallen prey to the easy appeal of the ziplock bag. snackTAXIs are easy too -- really! They are made in our home-based workshop by talented (and fun!) local sewers, and we are committed to keeping our business local, and will never outsource our labor. I look forward to reading your comments and am happy to answer questions.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    4/22/2009 1:40 PM

    Great idea! I saw in the video Erin that you generally clean them my just brushing out the crumbs. But if I decide to give them a real scrubbing with soap and water, how long do they take to dry out? How about throwing them in the wash?

  • Lilly
    Lilly
    4/22/2009 1:40 PM

    How cute, and smart. Great Earth Day idea.

  • Erin, Founder snackTaxi
    Erin, Founder snackTaxi – Special Guest
    4/22/2009 2:24 PM

    Hi Lisa,

    When we want a more thorough washing, we usually machine wash and dry them. If they're really mucky, you can also stand them up in the sink and fill them up with hot soapy water- it drains out eventually, but by them the muck is more manageable!

    After a thorough soaking, they do take a bit of time to dry- we use a small drying stand meant for plastic bags. Overnight usually does it in terms of drying time.

    Happy Earth Day!

    Erin

  • PeonyJen
    PeonyJen
    4/22/2009 2:24 PM

    Love these. Great work!

  • Leah
    Leah
    4/22/2009 4:51 PM

    I love them! We have been using them for a long time now. I have not bought any little plastic bags in almost a year now because of them.

  • Daniel
    Daniel
    4/23/2009 7:54 AM

    We go through lots of Ziplock bags, not so much for lunch as for storing things in the fridge. Of course, you have to wash them, but we run the dishwasher most days so it doesn't sounds hard. And if all that's in them is crumbs, you wouldn't even need that. I'll try them.

    These could make good gifts, too!

  • emily
    emily
    4/24/2009 9:22 AM

    I LOVE the snacktaxi and will be ordering a few for my four children! No more plastic!

  • Jenny
    Jenny
    4/27/2009 12:46 PM

    Hello,

    I was just wondering how well the velcro enclosure holds up over time and repeated washings. Thanks!

  • brian
    brian
    6/15/2009 3:45 PM

    To good of a place for pathogens to live....I wouldn't risk it with kids.

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Grommet Team
    6/18/2009 6:10 PM

    @Brian, I can understand your concern about keeping eating supplies sanitary. The linings here are coated nylon, and easy to clean with warm, soapy water (just like our hands). You can also put these in the washing machine. I tend to re-use plastic baggies (which I do not clean between uses), so I think of this as equally clean. This is a great re-usable item.

  • Ann
    Ann
    6/25/2009 3:16 PM

    I am concerned about the polyurethane coating under the nylon. I really can't see how polyurethane is safe-even though you have had the bags tested. Are they FDA approved?

  • Erin, Founder snackTaxi
    Erin, Founder snackTaxi – Special Guest
    6/29/2009 9:22 PM

    @Ann, because this type of nylon isn’t generally used for this purpose, it hasn’t been tested for food safety. It has, however, been tested for safety in terms of a child putting it in their mouth, which, to me, feels good. I think I’d rather know it can safely be mouthed by a toddler.

  • Naan
    Naan
    8/25/2009 7:08 AM

    These things are cute and practical is suppose, but I do think i prefer a lunch box (+ elastic band). Velcro tends to wear off after a while, and I don't feel like having a backpack full off breadcrumbs because the Velcro didn't close up that good.

    They are probably harder to break than plastic lunchboxes are (you can step on them without breaking!) and will take up less space if you pack a small lunch, but I think your sandwiches might get mushed and it's easier to wash out a lunchbox every day than waiting for the thing to come back from the laundry. The mushy thing probably isn't that much of an issue for people that are now using plastic bags, but it would be to me.

    Thanks though, for trying to eliminate plastic!

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn
    8/4/2010 11:17 AM

    I think these are great, but I was really bothered by the gender profiling in the video. Girls or boys could like flowers or sports items--please be aware that such comments can be offensive.

    Can you give more information about the materials used? Where does the nylon come from? And who approves it as child safe?

    thank you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/4/2010 11:44 AM

    @Carolyn - thank you for that feedback. We are continually trying to improve our message and appreciate hearing from our community.

    Regarding your question, this is what snackTAXI provides as information: The exterior of a snackTAXI is comprised of 100% cotton, and the interior is lined with polyurethane coated nylon. According to the most recent information from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act's website (the CPSIA deals with the safety of items used by children), these materials have been found to be inherently free of lead of lead and phthalates, and therefore do not require testing. Our nylon has been tested, however, and confirmed to be lead and phthalate free!

  • Carla
    Carla
    8/27/2010 3:06 PM

    @Carolyn: I think making generalizations is fine since although boys and girls CAN like stuff intended for the other gender, MOST boys don't want flowery stuff at school. We'd all do better to be less easily offended. You can use whatever pattern for your kid.

  • Connie
    Connie
    1/3/2011 4:25 PM

    I think these bags are a great idea but I would be soooo worrried about bacteria forming. They do not seem too "washing" friendly. The demonstrator also mentioned that she very seldom washes it out. Are you not afraid of your child getting food poisoned? Many children get sick stomachs, vomiting and the like and people just figure it is the flu - wrong - it is things like this that cause a child to injest terrible bacteria which makes them quite ill.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/3/2011 4:40 PM

    @Connie: No need to worry, you can clean these in the washing machine, or the dishwasher, or by wiping with a cloth.

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