Each year, many interesting products come across my desk for review, but it’s not often that I see something that addresses the huge burden of landfill waste caused by Ziploc baggies and other plastic containers. Erin Kelly-Dill has come up with a solution to that problem that’s both fun, stylish, and environmentally friendly – the snackTAXI. The snackTAXI is a sewn cloth container that can be used for any munchable thing you would normally put in a plastic bag.
Considering that 20 million plastic bags go to landfills each year, many of them killing wildlife in the process, using reusable containers is important; the creator of snackTAXI snack bags, Erin Kelly-Dill, estimates that her sales of the snackTAXIs have removed 430,000 pounds of plastic from the waste stream so far. I met Kelly-Dill at the Mother Earth News Festival in Seven Springs this year, and had a chance to chat with her about the eureka moment when the snackTAXI concept was born.
“I had three kids in school and was using a lot of Ziploc baggies in their lunches…that added up to a lot of waste, so I figured there should be a better way.” After tinkering with several designs, Kelly-Dill came up with a workable model that is washable, reusable, cute, functional, and holds the snacks kids love. “Our mission here at snackTAXI is to make high quality, affordable reusable bags that empower everyone to reduce waste, while embracing business practices that respect our community, environment, and Earth.”
The exterior of a snackTAXI is comprised of 100% cotton, has a polyurethane coated nylon, and can be machine washed and dried. All materials are lead, phthalate, and BPA free. Kelly-Dill has plans for an organic cotton version as well, and is sourcing recycled nylon for greener future designs. Snack and sandwich sizes are available, as well as fabric lunch, produce, and bread sacks, and napkins. The fabrics are colorful and sharp, and all bags are sewn together by Massachusetts workers. The product has even been profiled on Oprah.
If none of the fabrics please your eye (which is doubtful – there is something for everyone on their website), you can even create your own snackTAXI. Any grade-schooler will tell you that cookies taste better when they’re from a custom decorated bag, so you do exactly that; you can draw your own designs on a set of four snack sacks that come with non-toxic markers for that custom decorating experience. They also have bulk discounts, which comes in handy for group crafts, and large families.
If you’ve ever wanted to make a big environmental impact in your own humble way, snackTAXI is a good step in that direction. You can save the planet and support an American small business, and your kids will have the snazziest snack bags in town (use the code "spooky31" to get 31% off yours until October 31st!).
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