Youngest Daughter takes her lunch to school everyday. Because her backpack is already so full, she does not want to take big plastic containers. She has a small lunch box and prefers to pack things in zippy bags. Towards the end of the last school year I was shocked to realize how fast we went through a box of zippies. When talking about lunch for this year she told me about someone she knows that brings reusable bags to school everyday. What a great idea! I went straight to etsy.
Poking around on etsy I found many reusable lunch bags. Most of the bags had cutesy cartoonish fabric. Not going to work for a high school senior. Most of the bags had velcro closures. I am not a big fan of the velcro, it is noisy and difficult to clean. Most of the bags also used a fabric in which one side is coated in a waterproof plastic. A little research told me that the plastic probably contains BPAs. Then I found Ever Sew Clever.
Over 150 fabrics to chose from. Zippers! No BPA.
I ordered some bags right away. After a week of use I could not be happier. Instead of having one layer of plastic coated fabric, the bags are two layers, one of colorful prints, the other white nylon ripstop. This means the bags are not going to hold liquid, but I would not expect any bag to hold liquid while bouncing around in a backpack. The first day of school Youngest Daughter put cut strawberries in a bag. I was pretty sure that was a bad idea, but let it go to see what would happen. As expected the berries were too juicy and leaked, but it was not bad and the bag washed up easily. Peanut butter sandwiches, trail mix, carrots, grapes, cheese and crackers...its all good.
Because the bags are two layers it is easy to pull them apart and rinse off the inner layer. The inner layer dries in a snap. Flip them inside out and bread crumbs brush right off. I have ordered a couple more sets so that she can forget to empty out her lunch box as soon as she gets home and still have clean bags to use in the morning.