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