Thank you to snackTAXI for their participation in the Goodie Goodie Gumdrops Earth Week Event!
In an effort to save money, my husband and I have cut back on eating out for lunch. This means taking the time to pack healthy, homemade meals and snacks to bring to work or take on the go. Sounds great, right? It is...until I pull out the Ziploc bags. I feel so wasteful using those disposable, plastic pockets. Did you know that just one reusable bag has the potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime?!
snackTAXI was the invention of Erin Kelly-Dill back in 2003 as an alternative to the plastic baggies that head straight of the landfill after just one use. snackTAXIs feature a 100% cotton exterior and waterproof liner made of nylon with a polyurethane coating. Extensive product testing reveals that snackTAXI materials are free of heavy metals, phthalates, PBBs and PBDEs. Not only are snackTAXIs reusable and safe, but they are ultra-convenient. They can be machine-washed with an unscented detergent or simply rinsed with water and air-dried. snackTAXIs are made in a home-based workshop in MA by local sewers, in a variety of fun colors, prints and sizes. You can feel good going green and supporting local business!
snackTAXI kindly sent me a waste-free lunch starter kit including a sandwich sack, snack sack and cloth napkin to review.
I was immediately impressed with the high-quality construction. You could tell these bags were not going to fall apart after a few washes. And the vibrant prints were cute and eye-catching, appealing to kids and adults alike. Unlike hard Tupperware containers that are bulky and oversized (and may contain BPA), snackTAXIs are perfectly portable and fit easily into a lunchbox, purse, or bag.
The sandwich sack (ARV $8.95) was a generous 7.5" (w) x 6" (h). I had more than enough room to store my tuna salad sandwich on white bread for a family picnic at the park. With its adjustable velcro closure, it could easily accommodate a bagel, donut, 6" sub, or piled-high sandwich - probably even those made of thicker, Texas toast-style bread. The twice-as-nice napkin (ARV $3.95) is actually two napkins in one, with two coordinating prints on each side. It is thick and durable and measures 8" (w) x 14" (h) so it can protect your lap from drops and spills or simply blot messes from the corners of your mouth. It could also make a great burp cloth!
The bag that has come most in handy for us has been the snack sack (ARV $6.95). Measuring 6" (w) x 4.5" (h), it is the perfect size for nearly any snack. Pretzels, chips, puffs, you name it. The velcro closure is easy for my 20-month old to open himself, making it a great option for Grandma's house or other travels. Because Nate is still quite young and thinks it is a fun game to dump the contents onto the floor, I prefer spill-proof containers for his more crumbly snacks. But I've found the snackTAXI snack sack is great for larger treats like apple slices, baby carrots or celery sticks. Once he gets a little older, I'm sure he'll be better equipped to handle the bag independently. For now Mommy will just have to keep an eagle eye on him - when she isn't using it for herself!
We like our snackTAXIs so much, I'm already eyeing more prints. Like the Egg Beaters and Cuppa sandwich sacks and Tea For Two, Edgy Veggies and Apples & Pears snack sacks.
Bottom line: With their affordable prices and sweet, environmentally-conscious designs, everyone should hail themselves a snackTAXI.
BUY IT: You can purchase snackTAXI products at www.snacktaxi.com. They also make lunch and produce bags!
DELICIOUS DISCOUNT: Receive 20% off your purchase with coupon code "EDAY2010" through April 23!
WIN IT: One lucky reader is going to win their very own sandwich sack and snack sack (company's choice of print)!
MAIN COURSE (MANDATORY ENTRY): Visit the snackTAXI site and tell me your favorite print. Remember to please leave your email address in your comment if it isn't visible on your profile to prevent disqualification!
SUGAR ON TOP (BONUS ENTRIES): To maximize your chances of winning, you may do any or all of the following. Be sure to complete the above mandatory entry or your bonus entries will not count! Remember to leave one comment per entry.
1.) Follow my blog and/or subscribe via reader or email. If you already follow and/or subscribe, that counts! (1 entry each)
2.) Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this contest. You can do this daily! You may use the following tweet of come up with one of your own:
Pack an eco-friendly lunch with a cute, handmade sandwich and snack sack set from snackTAXI @kris10chumley http://bit.ly/aTZIUx
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Giveaway will end on May 4, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Open to U.S. only. Winners will be chosen via Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to congratulatory email or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.
Disclaimer: As mentioned above, I received a lunch starter kit from Erin at snackTAXI. I was not compensated in any other way for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed in my post are solely mine. Your experience may differ.