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rice sack lunch bag

by Marty Stevens-Heebner
Handmade
Recycled
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  • the story

From Rice To Riches

Extend the life cycle of rice sacks while encouraging sustainable ways to pack your lunch with this repurposed bag made from salvaged rice sacks. Each pouch keeps sacks from being piled on over-packed landfills. Plus, its sturdy design holds and insulates your food until you're ready to feast. Colorful flower patterns decorate the exterior, while intricate stamps from the actual sacks line the interior. Rice sacks are salvaged from manufacturers, mills, printers and individuals in the Philippines. Due to the recycled nature of the materials, each may vary. The prints and colors will be as pictured, but the positioning of the prints on the bag may vary.

  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Item ID
20195
Made from
zipper, rice sack, low density polyethylene (insulation)
Measurements
13.5" W x 12" H x 3" D
Notes
Wipe off with a damp cloth.
  • the maker

Marty Stevens-Heebner

Marty Stevens-Heebner was called a "fashion outlaw" by one magazine editor because of the chances she takes in her designs, her life and her way of doing business. Marty's the creator of the award-winning Rebagz Eco-Chic Handbag line and president of Half the Sky Designs LLC, a 2009 California Small Business of the Year. Voted favorite eco-bag by InStyle magazine's readers, Rebagz are made from vibrant and colorful recycled materials.

Marty's eco-design and insistence on fair working conditions have their roots in her human rights work in Chiapas, Mexico amid the aftermath of the Zapatista rebellion. She was amazed by the inventiveness of the artisans in Chiapas, who lacked resources but more than made up for that with their originality and flare. It amazed her how resourceful the indigenous people living in the jungle were and how nothing went to waste. Everything not only had a purpose, but each and every thing had a second and often even a third purpose beyond that.

Following her humanitarian work--but prior to becoming a handbag designer--Marty had her own small but successful business creating original handcrafted jewelry. Her work wound up on the cover of Belle Armoire and was featured in Altered Couture and Jewelry magazine as well. She appeared as an expert crafter on HGTV's "Crafters Coast to Coast" and on the DIY network's "Craft Lab" and also co-authored the book, "Beading Vintage Jewelry Designs". Her latest book, "Altered Shoes: A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Your Footwear Fabulous," shows women how to recycle your shoes and become your own shoe designer in the process. Marty shares her home with three dogs who are all mutts and all rescues--and that means even her dogs are recycled.

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RICE SACK LUNCH BAG
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (9)
  • Easy to clean (5)
  • High quality (4)
  • Stylish (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Daily use (5)
  • Office (4)
  • Lunch (3)
  • School (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Packs lunch often (4), Comfort-oriented (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7), Yes (5)

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5.0

Lunch never looked so good

By 

from Fort Worth, TX

About Me Pack breakfast often

Pros

  • Convenient
  • Easy to clean
  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy
  • Well made

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Lunch

    Comments about RICE SACK LUNCH BAG:

    This bag is great. I was a little worried because a previous reviewer didnt care for the handle--but for me its great. It looks good and feels good. The fabric is sturdy and the construction is such that it stands upright on its own no problem. I'm thinking about ordering more.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    A plus product and shipping

    By 

    from Ohio

    About Me Health care community, Volunteer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Convenient
    • Easy to clean
    • Great color Very pretty
    • High Quality
    • Lightweight
    • Will buy one for myself

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Books and knitting

      Comments about RICE SACK LUNCH BAG:

      Shipping was fast and easy to track especially during this holiday season.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

       
      4.0

      Stand Out From The Crowd

      By 

      from Purcellville, Va.

      About Me Packs lunch often

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to clean
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Office

        Comments about RICE SACK LUNCH BAG:

        A pretty alternative to the usual luch bag suspects. Green friendly, too!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        sturdy and lovely

        By 

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Packs lunch often

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright and beautiful
        • Durable
        • Easy to clean
        • Lightweight
        • Zipper inside

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Lunch
          • School
          • Snacks

          Comments about RICE SACK LUNCH BAG:

          As a teacher, I'm always looking for a functional but fashionable school lunch bag (it gets the kids talking and brightens my day, too). This one will be in use this coming year but I like it already. However, the inside pouch isn't as roomy as the outside and the dimensions would lead you to believe and you can't put an upright water bottle in and zip it closed (i.e. for car trips). Overall, though, I'm excited to have found my school 'lunch box'!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Beautiful lunch tote!

          By 

          from Alexandria, Virginia

          About Me Packs lunch often

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to clean
          • High Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Office

            Comments about RICE SACK LUNCH BAG:

            Throw out those brown paper lunch bags and replace them with this beautiful lunch bag tote! Gorgeous colors, good size, and durable to boot!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            2.0

            Recycled lunch bag

            By 

            from Parkton, MD

            About Me Packs lunch often

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Bag was too bulky
              • Handle openings too small

              Best Uses

              • Lunch

              Comments about RICE SACK LUNCH BAG:

              I used this bag one time, just not easy to carry.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

               
              4.0

              Good lunch sack

              By 

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Career, Modern, Practical

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • School

                Comments about RICE SACK LUNCH BAG:

                It's really pretty and works well for a lunch sack, it's a little smaller than I was hoping for for carrying tupperware but it works.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                perfect gift

                By 

                from raleigh nc

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Stylish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Commuting
                  • Daily Use
                  • Office
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about RICE SACK LUNCH BAG:

                  a great gift for the artist-graduate who has everything and is also environmentally conscious.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  Cool bag

                  By 

                  from Richmond, VA

                  About Me Classic, Modern, Stylish

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • High Quality
                  • Lightweight
                  • Stylish

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about RICE SACK LUNCH BAG:

                    It has a lovely design

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Trendy lunch bag

                    By 

                    from los angeles, ca

                    About Me Comfort-Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • High Quality
                    • Lightweight
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                    • Color Not As Expected

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Office
                    • School

                    Comments about RICE SACK LUNCH BAG:

                    Great for a stylish way to carry your lunch or small novelties.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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