This idea may be obvious, but one way we have cut down on plastic baggie use is with information going back and forth to school.
Those of you with children in schools probably collect Box Tops as an ongoing fundraiser. Typically, we would send them into school inside homework folders in ziplock baggies.
Here are a few different ideas, since those baggies are simply thrown away as soon as the tops arrive at school to be counted.
This is a plastic sleeve from another product purchase (imagine a piece of cardboard stapledd to the top with something like Rainbow Loom bands inside the bag). It might not need sealing, usually the static cling keeps the bag closed until arriving at school.
This is an "envelope" from a gift card received at the holidays.
As long as it isn't overstuffed, close the tab and send them on their way.
Most often, I send them into school with a paper clip. What school couldn't use a few extra paper clips?
With any of these methods, you can't wait a whole year and send in several hundred labels with one paper clip (though, I've used black binder clips for bigger stacks). You have to send them in regularly, or every time a thoughtful family member gives you a stack.
Happy school fundraising!
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.