Back to School Giveaway: Eco-Friendly Lunch Bags From Recycled Reflections

Recycled Reflections bags

This week, you could win a selection of 12 colorful, eco-friendly bags from Recycled Reflections. But first, let me tell you about the inspiration behind these wonderful bags.

Brooke Harris on Happy Simple Living

Brooke Harris

Brooke Harris is a 4th grade teacher and mom in upstate New York who is making her mark against the environmental perils of plastic, one bag at a time.  Brooke and her students are working to eliminate our use of plastic snack and sandwich baggies. “We were learning about the garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean and the horrendous negative impact that plastic bags have on animals (100,000 marine mammal die each year from ingestion and entanglement!) and wanted to make a change for the better,” Brooke writes.

Garbage in the Pacific Ocean

Garbage in the Pacific Ocean

“During my research I discovered glassine bags.  They are 100% biodegradable, recyclable and reusable – glassine is paper that has been pressed very thin and is translucent.  I began using glassine bags when I needed containers for snacks, sandwiches and classroom treats.”

“The reader/teacher in me was inspired by their smooth, blank surface and I began writing my favorite quotes from children’s books using colorful markers made from food coloring.  The bags have added a little love in my daughter’s lunch, encouraged my students and brightened my day with their messages.  While it’s not a perfect solution for the planet, I feel good about eliminating plastic baggies from my life!”

Recycled Reflections bags

“When you’re done with the bags, stick them on your fridge, refill and pass them on to friends or add to your paper recycling (glassine is thin, but durable, translucent paper). The quote is written with nontoxic food decorating pens made entirely from food coloring. Reuse, recycle or put the ties out to help the birds with nest building.”

Bag from Recycled Reflections

Brooke has generously donated a selection of 12 of her wonderful bags to one lucky Happy Simple Living reader in the U.S. or Canada. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below and answer this question:

What’s your favorite thing to pack for lunch?

Whether you’re making school lunches for your kids, taking a picnic in the park, or bringing your lunch to eat at the office during your lunch hour, what makes your heart sing when you open the bag? The giveaway is open through next Thursday, August 15, at midnight MST.

Thanks so much to Brooke for sponsoring this giveaway, and you can order her bags on her Etsy page and learn more about her on Facebook.

Hugs,

The signature for Eliza Cross

P.S. This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Susan at Lil Bit of Mama Time, who won the bags. Thanks again, Brooke!

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

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  • These bags sound great! I love making turkey cranberry roll ups for my daughters lunch. Thank you so much for this giveaway! Susan

  • We’re a bit far away but this is a nice idea. Although back to school is quite a long time – not until early September!

  • Joyce

    I have not bought any kind of plastic bag in years. I reuse the bags from bread, tortilla chips, cheese, and cereal boxes. I have bought Snack Taxis (I don’ t know how to link to it but you can google it.) They work great for the same purpose and last for years if you hand wash/dry.
    I would love to win these bags to give to my sister for her children as she is still a “bag buyer”.
    My favorite thing to pack for lunch is a salad that I make that will last a few days. Each day I add something different so it’s not the same old salad every day.
    I love your blog btw. !

  • Belinda

    What a great idea!!! And I have been making Greek yogurt since I read about it and found your blog, it is so easy and I eat it almost every day and also make my own granola to sprinkle on top. Add some fresh or frozen fruit and that is my favorite thing to pack in my lunch! Haven’t tired of it yet!

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