Plastic sucks, regardless of what “The Graduate” said 40+ years ago. Yes it’s everywhere and we all use it. It’s pretty much inescapable in modern life. And even with “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” it’s still here forever and ever. The key is to purchase less of it. One way is to hail a snackTAXI!
I pack two lunches a day for my kids. It didn’t take me long to realize that, even with just ONE Ziploc bag in each lunch, I’d be approaching nearly 400 bags over the school year. And that’s just two kids! Buying plastic containers to shuttle food to and fro is better (still plastic but at least it’s reusable), however there are even better alternatives. snackTAXIs are sacks of varying sizes, made of 100% cotton, and all materials used are lead, phthalate, and BPA-free. (Plus, they’re manufactured in New England, which is local for me!)
Snack and sandwich sacks run between $8.00 and $9.00 each and can be used again and again. Very importantly, they are easy to clean (hand-washing is recommended). We’ve used our original sacks for three years now and rarely have a need to purchase plastic bags. snackTAXIs are colorful and fun too, and my favorite rock band (Wilco) even sells one in their merch store … really!
Rice cakes, pretzels, chips, and crackers fit the snack sizes, and sandwiches, bagels, and wraps fit perfectly in the larger sacks. Both are equally good for carrot or celery sticks too. We use them for picnics as well (snackTAXIs work weekends).
Yes, you’ll need a container to transport that cut-up cantaloupe, leftover spaghetti, or yogurt, but we can all save a portion of the BILLIONS of bags thrown away each year by giving the extra effort. Your kid using them may just start a revolution at their school: “Mom, I wanna cool snackTAXI, too!”
Important Note: Make sure the little ones understand that the taxi comes home! We did lose one before the concept sunk in.
Also, this is not an affiliate link post for snackTAXI; it’s just the brand I use and am a fan of. There are many companies who produce reusable snack and sandwich bags. Find a product you like and start using it so you can spend zip on Ziplocs!