Graze Organic's reusable, washable cloth lunch bags
My 13-year-old? She just wants something that looks cool.
So when I came home from the Renegade Craft Fair with Graze Organic's pretty zinnia lunch bag, shown above, my daughter snatched it for herself before I could explain that I had bought it for me.
Measuring 11.5 inches long, 7.5 inches wide and 5 inches deep, the cloth lunchbag is roomy. The sturdy cotton construction makes the bag easy to collapse, so kids can stash it in a backpack when lunch is done. And when it gets dirty or starts smelling funky, you just toss it in the washing machine.
The lunch bag that I bought endured a beating at my daughter's dusty horse camp last week. I was impressed.
Heather Jacobs and Leslie Sarracino of Studio City have been making the reusable lunch bags and sandwich bags since 2009.
On Thursday they launched "create your own lunch kits" just in time for back-to-school season. How it works: Kids and parents can go online and choose one of three lunch bag designs -- zinnia, robot or plain. The plain version can be personalized with permanent markers or paints. Next, add two snack or sandwich bags, shown above right, and a napkin of your choice. Total price for the set: $47.
The individual large lunch bags are $29.95 apiece. That may sound steep, but Graze Organic emphasizes that the bags are 100% certified organic cotton and are silk-screened by hand with illustrations made from water-based inks. The designs include no plastic linings, and presumably kids (and grownups) can use them for years to come. In keeping with the company's green spirit, the bags are made in Los Angeles.
Graze Organic sells exclusively online.
-- Lisa Boone
Photo credits: Heather Jacobs