Seattle Met, May, 2013
"...Every time Becky Harper packed her kids’ lunches, she cringed as she imagined used plastic baggies clogging a landfill. So in 2009 she designed a line of reusable bags to cut down on costs - to the environment and her wallet. Harper’s cotton ReUsies (based in West Seattle) are hand sewn and lined with leak-resistant nylon. Plus they can be wiped clean with a soapy sponge. . .
ReUsies, February 1, 2013
SEATTLE -- Feb 1, 2013 -- ReUsies, a Seattle-based small business that creates eco-friendly, nontoxic and fun sandwich and snack bags, is developing a customized gift bag for each attendee of WestSide Baby’s Benefit Tea to be held Sunday, February 10, 2013. ReUsies’ custom bags will serve as gift bags that will hold all the swag from other WestSide Baby Benefit Tea’s sponsors. ReUsies will also offer an ongoing donation opportunity to its web customers.
ABC News, August 16, 2011
"...Back to school season is second only to the holidays for consumer spending, so you might very well be concerned about the costs of sending your little one off on the bus with a backpack full of must-have items.
Have no fear.
"Good Morning America" workplace contributor Tory Johnson appeared on "Good Morning America" this morning with eight exclusive deals for "GMA" viewers that will help you save big on the extras that add up.
Ashley Koff Approved, July 31, 2011
Ashley Koff Approved (AKA): THE stamp of quality nutrition for optimal health. The AKA stamp canNOT be bought, it's earned.
Whether it's a product, menu, recipe, or gadget, the AKA stamp confirms that it has been evaluated and approved by [Ashley Koff], as a better quality and healthy choice. More specifically, it means that the product does not contain any nutrition "no, no's," (artificial stuff, too much of something, not enough of another..), its marketing message is truthful and it fits into a nutrition plan for optimal health.
Parent Map, March 13, 2011
#85. Ditch those dreaded sandwich bags and get some washable containers or bags. We love ReUsies. Created by two Seattle moms, these washable cloth sandwich and snack bags are made in Seattle!
Two years ago, Karen Whorton was using about a dozen plastic sandwich bags a day. "I was packing lunches for my two kids and husband," says Whorton, at the time a stay-at-home mom in Seattle. "It bothered me that the bags weren't recyclable." So she talked to her friend Becky Harper, a nurse's assistant who knew how to sew. The two headed to a fabric store, where they each spent $100 on clearance remnants ("Some of them were really ugly!" Whorton says). The result: ReUsies, cloth bags lined with leak-resistant nylon. Not only are they reusable, but you can even toss them in the washing machine when they get soiled.
Whorton and Harper sold their first ReUsies to friends who agreed to give feedback. With those comments in mind, they experimented until they produced the ideal bags: with Velcro on the front and back, ReUsies could be tightened to the size of the snack inside...
December 15, 2010
"Amp up the "wow" factor when giving gift cards this holiday season. All it takes it a little creativity -- and a personal touch...
...Fold your gift card up in a Reusie, a reusable alternative to sandwich bags which is also the perfect size for a gift card, and your recipient will have a colorful way to "brown bag" it at work or school."
Red Tricycle [Seattle]
"For a fun, eco-friendly way to wrap up some goodies, why not stock up on ReUsies snack & sandwich bags? These reusable fabric bags (they come in multiple patterns and colors) are perfect for storing little stocking surprises like action figures, play jewelry, felt food, lip gloss, or Christmas candies. Be sure to save them for your snack/lunch box needs!"
August 27, 2010
"..Around back-to-school time in 2008, we did the math on a number of plastic bags we used to pack lunch and snacks - up to 12 a day for each family! That's when the idea struck: Wouldn't it take about two seconds to make a reusable sandwich bag?
We dusted off Becky's sewing machine and got to work. It actually took about a onth to create the first ReUie - not two seconds. A lot of thought went into the materials, how to fold and close the bag so food stays in place and how to clean it..."
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May 27, 2010
What: Two Seattle moms designed the 100 percent cotton, nylon-lined Ziploc alternative, stitched in a range of patterns and colors.
Why: No more plastic bags.
When: Picnic time.
Red Tricycle [San Francisco]
If you’re looking for durable alternatives to Ziploc bags, look no further than the cloth-lined leak-resistant Seattle-based ReUsies for your sandwiches and snacks. Just pack the sandwich/snacks, close it with Velcro and send it to school...
One teeny ReUsie can eliminate hundreds of plastic baggies when you're packing your child's lunch bag. We love the bold kid-friendly designs, too, like pirates, retro space ships, paper dolls, and the very cute "Howdy Bunny"...
Make lunch boxes waste-free. ReUsies™ is an alternative to plastic sandwich and snack bags. These 100% cotton lined, water-resistant nylon bags are secured with durable Velcro closures that make them easy to open, yet hard for food to fall out of...
Pack sandwiches in bags that can be used again and again, like these ReUsies, an alternative to plastic sandwich and snack bags. This cute Brown Bird sandwich holder is 100% cotton lined. The water-resistant nylon bags are secured with Velcro closures that make them easy to open, yet hard for food to fall out of. They come in both snack and sandwich sizes...
Mom Magazine, Summer Issue, 2010
Better Brown Bags: Lunch has come a long way from plain grocery sacks and Snoopy lunch boxes.
June 25, 2010
"Say goodbye to plastic bags..." ReUsies are a recyclable, plastic-free alternative to sandwich and snack bags. They feature cheerful patterns, Velcro-adjustable closures, easy-to-clean inner linings and are made in the USA..
June 17, 2010
Roberta Modena, of World of Green, talks about her online resource for some of the best eco-friendly products on the market.
Evening Magazine/King5 Television
April 22, 2010
Many of us have changed our habits over the years to help the environment. We use travel mugs and cloth bags instead of disposable alternatives on a regular basis. Now, two Seattle mothers think they have created a permanent alternative to all those plastic baggies that end up in the trash after just one morning in a lunch bag.
Becky and Karen have now sold around 26,000 ReUsies. They're available at Bartell's, Metropolitan Markets, or you can bag a couple online at http://www.reusies.com/.
KOMO News, March 23, 2010
Becky Harper and Karen Wharton found they make a whole lot of peanut butter sandwiches for their husbands and kids each week.
And that meant a whole lot of plastic sandwich baggies.
"It was that guilt that we felt," says Harper. "It was August of 2008. Karen Wharton, my business partner, we both pack lunches for a husband and two kids.”
Woman's Day Magazine
"When my son, Jack, said he felt bad tossing out plastic sandwich and snack bags from his lunchbag after just on euse, I was glad to find an alternative: ReUsies (reusies.com). They're made of cotton lined with leak-resistant nylon, have Velcro closures and come in lots of cool patterns."
Ideal Bite, August 10, 2009
"Starting the back-to-school countdown? Ready your kiddies' lunch for takeoff with ReUsies, a reusable alt to endless purchases of disposable plastic baggies. Created by two Seattle moms, these dishwasher-safe, cotton sandwich- and snack-size bags come in about two dozen colorful designs for each size. They're Velcro sealed and lined with water-resistant nylon (no sketchy chems like BPA, lead, or phthalates found in some vinyl and plastics) - good for apple slices and even messier stuff like PB&Js. Small step for you, giant leap for Mama Earth. ..."
Daily Candy, August 10, 2009
"If you had a nickel for every plastic sandwich bag you’ve sent packing, you’d be Bill Gates. This fall do your part for the environment (and save some dough while you’re at it) with Seattle-based ReUsies reusable lunch bags ..."
Seattle Times, August 2, 2009
"As you get ready to send your little greeniuses back to school, here are some Northwest companies or branch stores that promise their products will promote the new Three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle:
• West Seattle moms Becky Harper and Karen Whorton, tired of tossing out plastic sandwich bags, designed ReUsies — nylon-lined cotton bags with Velcro closures — and field-tested them on the kids at Lafayette Elementary School..."
Just Cause Magazine, July-August Issue (Just Shopping/Home & Garden Section), 2009
"Little plastic bags have become as much a part of our culture as refrigerators. While we're still fans of refrigerators, the plastic bag thing is a bit of a bummer. Especially since, a lot of times, we toss them even though there was nothing wet or messy in them. If you're packing snacks or lunches on a regular basis, you really ought to be packing them in ReUsies. These incredibly cute and efficient reusable "bags" were the brainchild of some Seattle moms, and we love them. They come in two sizes, lots of colors and can be used over and over again — and yes, you can wash them if they get peanut buter or tuna or anything else in them."
Seattle Moms Deal Finder, June 9, 2009
Two Seattle moms were sick of throwing out so many plastic baggies everyday, and tried to figure out a new way of packing their kids lunches without all the garbage. Then ReUsies were born! These plastic-free, reuseable alternatives to plastic bags are absolutely adorable and come in many different prints. Made of 100% cotton lined with leak-proof nylon (BPA, phthalate & lead free). From skulls to cupcakes, you'll be sure to find the right style for your child...
King5 Television, May 27, 2009
Many of us have changed our habits over the years to help the environment. We use travel mugs and cloth bags instead of disposable alternatives on a regular basis.
Now, two Seattle mothers think they have created a permanent alternative to all those plastic baggies that end up in the trash after just one morning in a lunch bag.
Karen Whorton says she was always bothered by the volume of plastic baggies her family went through every week...
West Seattle Blog, May 27, 2009
You may have heard about ReUsies, cloth sandwich bags invented by West Seattle moms, now making a splash nationwide. KING5 has a story about them today - and the story notes that ReUsies are selling so well, they’ve “hired a manufacturer in Tukwila to help them keep up with demand.”
Parent Map, May 1, 2009
If you’ve ever heard my baggie tirade, you know how happy I was to come across these pretty little bags. Made by two Seattle moms who are similarly sick of plastic bags, waste and pollution, ReUsies are sturdy, nylon-lined cotton envelopes with Velcro enclosures. Pack ‘em with sandwiches, chips — whatever! — then just toss ‘em in the wash and reuse them. $6.50–$8.50.
West Seattle Herald, April 20, 2009
Two West Seattle women have joined together, with the help of many friends to launch a unique product with a decidedly "green" bent.
Called "ReUsies," the reusable cloth bags for snacks and sandwiches are the brainchild and product of Becky Harper and Karen Whorton. So far they have sold more than 700 of them and now have their Web site set up and are on the verge of choosing a manufacturer.
Up to now they've all been made by hand by Harper in her basement using a sewing machine and serger.
"I approached Becky because she knows how to sew," said Whorton.
Both women came up with parts of the design and evolved the concept over a three month period...
Red Tricycle, May 12, 2009
"You recycle, reuse, and even remember to take your own bags to the grocery store.
But before you pen that acceptance speech for Greenest Parent of the Year, don’t forget about the nasty habit you have every day when you fill the kids’ lunchboxes. You know, when you tuck the sammie and baby carrots into those evil little plastic sandwich bags that are a pollutant to our environment. Sure, you tell the kids to bring them home to use again, but it never happens..."
Pack It, Snack It, ReUse It... Thanks for doing your part!