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Why toss all of those plastic sandwich bags when you can slide the goods into something a whole lot greener.

By Molly Jane Quinn
January 4, 2009
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Next time you're making your lunch, don't reach for that plastic baggie -- Grab a Happy Sack. These fabric-and-coated nylon pouches with Velcro closures ($6.95 for a 6 by 4 ??-inch bag, $8.95 for a 7 ?? by 6-inch bag) are handmade by Erin Kelly-Dill in the hills of Western Massachusetts, making it easy to eat locally-- and stow it locally, too. The mother of three dreamt up the reusable, dishwasher- and laundry-safe sandwich and snack bags after taking stock of the 500 or so school lunches she packs each year -- and the resulting pile of throwaway plastic baggies dumped in landfills. With a medley of colorful patterns to choose from, these playful pouches just made the path to eco-enlightenment a little bit snazzier. -- Molly Jane Quinn

Available at retailers throughout New England. For store locations and to shop online, visit happy-sacks.com or call 413-634-0253.

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