ReUsies Review: An alternative to plastic sandwich/snack bags

ReUsies just made lunch and snacking a little greener. What does this mean for you? Well, I’ll be completely honest, I am not a greenie. I am not anti-green but I do not seek environmentally safe products, especially if it will cost more. I’m more of a light green kind of girl. So, the idea of getting rid of my convenient plastic baggies was not so tempting. Oh please, pick your jaw up off the floor, I am not the only one to succumb to the disposable and convenient.

One day I happened to find the ReUsies website. Curious to see what new green product had hit the market that I would surely never buy, I clicked on the site. I saw the product and agreed that it was very cute. I loved all the different designs and immediately could think of a hundred uses. Then I clicked on the “Learn More” button. Thinking I would learn more about the product, I was surprised to learn more about the effect plastic has on the environment. I did not know that plastic takes 1000 years to breakdown and in doing so forms into a more toxic substance. So, just maybe ReUsies had a point, right?

In a bold move, I contacted ReUsies to review their product. I figured if I can think of 100 ways to use this product then I must be using more plastic bags then I care to think about it. Besides, appealing to my less green side, that’s a lot of money to throw away!

I have to comment that ReUsies customer service is fantastic! They are helpful, friendly, and genuinely care about their customers.

My ReUsies arrived just in time to test it with goldfish for my daughter’s diaper bag. The snack size is 6’w by 5’h. This is the perfect size for crackers and little snacks for the kids or yourself. The bag is made of 100% cotton and lined with water-resistant 100% nylon. No worries this product is BPA, Lead and Phthalate free. They use Velcro closures to ensure your snacks stay put. The sandwich size bag has all the same features except it is 7.5’w/6’h. Plenty big for sandwiches or other lunch items. The bags are machine or dishwasher washable or wiped clean with soapy water. So how did it hold up?

For good measure, I used both bags to carry different items. The snack bag for my daughter’s Goldfish and the sandwich bag for my other daughter’s PB&J. The food stayed put in each bag. The bags being made of cotton hold up much better than plastic baggies. There were no broken Goldfish or a smashed sandwich and I didn’t take too much care when throwing them in the diaper bag. Later that evening, I simply put the ReUsies on the counter with the dishes to be washed. Since I am without a dishwasher (if you care to donate to that fund see me later) it takes no time at all to wipe down these bags. And if truth be told, my number one concern was how much of a pain it would be to wash them. No pain! It was so easy that even if I had a dishwasher, I’d just wash them by hand.

So, environmentally safe, kid safe, food safe, dishwasher safe, and saves you money. What more could a product do for you.

When reviewing a product I ask myself several questions:

Would you buy this item?


Would you recommend this item to a friend?


What is the downside?

Well, the only downside, in my opinion, is that the bag does not zip. Now, the food stays in place. However, when I used it for cheese puffs (organic low-fat, aren’t you proud?) the puffs were not so fresh by the end of the day. The bag is not airtight nor does it claim to be.

Does the downside cause me to give pause before buying?

No, not really. ReUsies served it’s purpose for lunch or a long car ride, trip to the doctor’s…even for toy or make up storage to be honest. ReUsies have many uses that will benefit you and the in turn the earth.

There’s the skinny on ReUsies from this light green mean mama. So, even if you like me and not always in the market for green products, still consider ReUsies for your sandwich and snack needs. This green product will save you green in the end.

Product for review was provided by ReUsies in exchange for an honest and fair

Copyright © Richele McFarlin, Moms of Faith, All Rights Reserved


  1. Katie @ Imperfect People on January 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Good to know. I was thinking of switching to those.

  2. Dawn on November 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Hey, why do I find the exact same review (word-for-word) posted on someone else’s website a couple days before this review was posted? Seems suspect.

  3. Faith_Mom on November 5, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Nothing suspect.. :) The writer, Richele, owns the blog mean mama reviews and posted it here as well awhile back. :) Thanks for looking out though!

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