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Plastic-Free School Lunch Guide: Alternatives to Ziplocs, Foil & Plastic Wraps

August 25, 2016
By: Doorae Shin, Waste Reduction Coordinator, Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation

As we work towards reducing single-use plastics from our daily lives, we can look to the plethora of alternatives to Ziploc and other plastic bags for packing lunches and snacks. See some of our options below, and take note that these convenient reusable bags can be used to hold non-food stuff, too, including pens, keys and more!

Check out these cute & effective reusable bags and wraps that can help your family go zero-waste at home, work and school! All products listed are BPA-free, phthalate-free and easy to wash.

Reusable Food Wraps:

Meli’s Wrap: This Kauaʻi based company is up top because it’s made locally. These convenient wraps are reusable, and the beeswax in them helps the wrap stick to itself to seal – how cool! You can simply rinse these with water and hang them to dry. Keep your food fresh & plastic-free! Price: 2 for $20+

Bee’s Wrap: Similar to Meliʻs Wraps, Bee’s Wraps are made of beeswax, plant oil & tree resins to create an easy-to-use design that comes in many different sizes. Whether you want to wrap a loaf of bread, a sandwich, or fruits/veggies, either of these companies have a cool product for you to try! Price: $5.80+

Reusable Sandwich bags:

StasherBags: Stasher bags are made of food-grade silicone making them waterproof and long-lasting. They have a small and regular size and various designs. This company was started by a mother looking to reduce plastics in her kids’ lunches. Price: $9.99+

LunchSkins: These bags can be used to hold keys, headphones & of course, snacks! LunchSkin bags come in different sizes and cute patterns, and you can choose from velcro-sealed bags or ones with zippers. Price: $4.99+

BumKins: BumKin lunch & snack bags have cute patterns with a zipper on each. They come in either a small or large size, which are the same sizes as most Ziploc bags! These bags can be washed with your dishes and hung to dry or even put into your washer and dryer. Price: $4.95+

Itzy Ritzy Bags: These bags are great because they have many designs, and a PVC free waterproof lining. You can wash em with your dishes or in the washer! Price: $20 for a set of 3 bags

BlueAvocado ReZip Bags: These bags are clear if you like to see what’s inside, and they have a double-lock seal, making it leak-proof for snacks, sandwiches, travel, home & organization! Price: $20 for a pack of 5

Please note that some of the websites above have a pop-up screen asking for your e-mail address in exchange for a 10% or 15% discount on your first order!