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I always send my son to school with his snacks in them. I'd like to sew up some bags to use instead but am clueless, does fabric matter in this case? do
 

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You could try making something like <a href="http://www.reusablebags.com/store/wrapnmat-p-2.html" target="_blank">these</a>, or buy a couple.<br><br>
I just bought one. I used it once and thought it was so-so, my DH used it once and he loved it. It needs a better closing option (like velcro in more than one place). For the record though, we each used a different kind of bread - his fit better. It's lined with some kind of plastic "FDA approved food grade PEVA" that is "certified by the manufacturer to be totally lead-free" . Don't know if you could find something similar to make at home.
 

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Are you wanting to get away from plastics entirely?<br><br>
I would think a heavier canvas would be best for snacks. I've seen stores that carry them, for storing spices and herbs in.<br><br>
Also, some small tins might work, or if your son is good with glass, some smaller glass jars with lids.
 

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A lot of schools don't allow glass containers for safety reasons.<br><br>
I never even though of making my own lunch bags and/or snack bags! Thanks for the idea!<br><br>
My biggest problem with most non-disposable lunch containers is that they're not fully washable, and they end up being "disposables" after a few months anyway once my kids spill something on it that I can't wash out properly. I bet I could make a few little drawstring "snack bags" and some larger "sandwich bags" and wash them frequently (maybe 2 or 3 per child so we usually can find a clean one?) Hmm..maybe I can get my KIDS to sew some of them!
 

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I'm also guilty of using plastic bags. I wash & reuse them several times, but I like the cloth bag idea very much. Do you think a sandwich would dry out in a cotton bag?
 

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would oil cloth work for this? it it safe for food?<br><br>
I mean the "new kind of oil cloth that is some kind of vinyl I think....
 

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I really am hoping someone can tell me if oil cloth would work and be safe ...
 

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i use "natural" wax paper bags i get at whole foods and compost them. they're probably a little spendy, but it doesn't add to the landfill at least.
 

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Oh, I love that idea!<br><br>
I do think that bread would dry out in a cotton bag.....<br><br>
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i've used these for packing snacks and they work well. For sandwiches I use regular wax paper-- works great.
 

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Okay, I know this may sound weird but I love to use wax paper. I love that crinkling sound!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
What a good idea to use for packing lunches, I get so sick of all the hundreds of plastic bags I use.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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i really like them. i was trying to wash out the plastic bags for a long time, but they were driving me crazy so the wax paper bags save me from having to wash and eventually toss and i can feel better about composting, too.
 

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well you can compost just about anything that will eventually degrade. wax paper might take a little bit longer, but it seems to work. we also compost all our paper towels (we use a lot of dishcloths, but still have some paper towels and the occasional paper napkins, too). you can compost newspaper, etc, too, but it just depends on how "organic" you want your compost to be. some people are real sticklers about what goes into their compost especially if it's going on veggies, but i'm not super strict about it. you could always use the compost with questionable ingredients on flowers and other ornamentals if you're worried about it.<br><br>
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