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Bazura Lunch Bags

by Tiffany in A Green Home

I have been a gig fan of Bazura bags for a long time and just look at them… they are so darn clever! There is nothing inherently cute about juice bags and plastic waste but when recycled into these adorable bags I think it just works. It become stylish and functional.

My daughter has been taking the mini lunch box to school every day. It is the perfect size for child’s school lunch and she seems to enjoy it as well. The regular lunch tote is actually quite roomy. We took it with us hiking this past weekend and it held egg salad sandwiches and some extra water for a little post hike noshing (served 3 easily). Since it is insulated I felt comfortable keeping the sandwiches in the trunk while we hiked. It was nice to have a rewarding little picnic afterwards.

We probably have more than enough lunch boxes… we seem to collect them along with water bottles, but I think these two are permanent additions.

More about Bazura Bags:

  • Made from recycled juice packs by a women’s co-op in the Philippines
  • Very durable and well constructed
  • Saves non-biodegradable juice containers from landfills
  • Every one is handmade, colorful, and totally unique.

They also have coin purses and shopping bags. Plus I think the lunch totes double well as purses. ;) These would make excellent Christmas gifts for the eco savvy folk in your life.

 

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

3 Comments

  • Jessica

    Hi, I’m a long time blog reader and I had to respond to this post.  I’m an American expat living in the Philippines, so I see these bags everywhere. 

    First, contrary to what Amazon is saying, these are NOT made from recycled materials. The woven bags are, but not the juice bags.  Although the juice pouches are actual juices here, the ones that are turned into bags have never been used for juice. 

    Second, those bags sell for about $4 USD here.  My concern is that whoever is importing them and selling them on Amazon is making a huge profit while saying that the money is going to the women’s co-op.  I would be surprised if the women’s co-op is receiving that $16 mark-up. 

    On the upside, they are cute and very popular here.  I just hate to see the false claims being made on Amazon.

    • http://www.naturemoms.com/blog Tiffany

      Hi Jessica,

      Good to know. I don’t believe that Reuseit (the site I linked to and the Amazon seller) is making any claims about sending money to the co-op. I think they are likely paying the retail price in the Philippines and then reselling here for a profit. Also, if the bags are not “used” perhaps they are defective or in some way unsuitable for juice and thus sold or donated for use in the bags? They would still be recycled, just not post consumer.

  • http://www.nontoxicnest.wordpress.com Meryl

    I used to see those bags everywhere when I was travelling in India too. What are they lined with? How food safe are they? They are kind of cute in a kitschy way but we are trying to reduce the volume of plastic in our house so would be a no go for us.