Goodbye, Ziploc…Hello, Graze Organic Reusable Bags

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carole rosner90BY CAROLE ROSNER

Brown-bagging a meal for your kids or yourself requires all sorts of supplies—waxed paper, plastic wrap, tin foil, paper napkins and plastic baggies. More often than not, these kitchen staples are used once and thrown away—not very smart for the environment or your budget.


Friends and business partners (l-r) Leslie Sarracino and Heather Jacobs Photo: Carole Rosner

A few years ago, friends Heather Jacobs and Leslie Sarracino got to talking about all the trash associated with their kids’ homemade school lunches. With two kids apiece, Heather and Leslie realized they were wasting about a dozen plastic bags each day.

These crafty, resourceful and business-savvy Studio City moms knew there had to be a better way for their families and their planet.

“Because every bag matters” is not just a tag line for Graze™ Organic, it’s a reason for being. Heather and Leslie state that using organic and eco-friendly materials in every step of the manufacturing and packaging of their products has been the driving force behind all their decisions and choices.


The bags areprinted with fun graphics for easy identification—there’s a bag for a sandwich, a vegetable, a fruit, a snack and one labeled “surprise.” Photo: Courtesy Graze Organic

Simple, modern and very “green,” Graze Organic reusable sandwich and snack bags entered the marketplace this past July. These certified 100%-organic cotton bags are hand-silk-screened with water-based inks and stay shut with Velco-type closures. With their emphasis on all-natural materials, Graze Organic bags don’t have plastic inner liners. However, use common sense here—very messy things should be wrapped before putting them in a cotton bag. Heather recommends biodegradable waxed paper.

Although the artwork on each bag is designed to help early learners with word recognition, the bags appeal to all ages. (Even my teen daughter was excited about using them). They’re printed with fun graphics for easy identification—there’s a bag for a sandwich, a vegetable, a fruit, a snack and one labeled “surprise.”


100% organic napkins

In addition to food storage bags, Graze Organic also offers a line of very cute 100%-organic cotton napkins. All these products are machine-washable and don’t require any special handling.

All products are machine washable

All products are machine washable

These “no trash, no waste” products are currently sold online at as well as Green and Greener in Valley Village and Big Sugar Bake Shop in Studio City. Due to their popularity, expect to see them sold nationally very soon. Prices: Bags — Set of 3 ($24), Set of 5 ($38). Napkins — Set of 4 ($24).

Carole Rosner is a native Valley Girl who has lived in Studio City for the past 11 years. She is a strong supporter of her local public schools and an active volunteer in her neighborhood. Some of her favorite things to do in Studio City are to celebrate 4th of July at CBS Radford, walk along Ventura Blvd. and browse through the racks at Crossroads Trading Company.

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Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.

  • Lisa

    WOW! Brilliant!

  • Dorian

    These “Graze Organic” food bags are UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    I’m so glad you’ve done an article on this company. I have been using them since the beginning of the school year and I am thrilled with the quality, durability and style of them! They can be thrown right into the laundry (after a few uses) and whether you lay them out to dry or put them thru the dryer, they come out better than new!

    I sometimes wrap some cut fruit in a piece of wax paper and add one of those little refreezable cooler packs into the “Graze Fruit” bag. There’s even one organic bag marked with question marks!!! My kid loves to see what the surprise snack is every day!

    I can’t wait till xmas to send sets off to my all nieces and nephews on the east coast!!! It’s a great affordable birthday gift idea as well!!

    They are truly a brilliant way to send a snack or lunch items off to school and to do our part to help save this planet with our kids.
    Thank you Leslie and Heather!

  • Catherine

    I’m obsessed with my Graze Organic bags. Where ever I take them (basically everywhere), people ask me about them. No more plastic and wash after wash, they’re just like new!

  • Alison

    This is wonderful! Wish they’d been around when my daughter was in school. I put a cloth napkin in my daughter’s lunch bag every day!

  • Tim McGrath

    Great job sister. If you two want to open a Hawaiian Branch I;m your man.


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