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Cristina and Kirsten

Cristina and Kirsten

Cristina Mendoza Bourelly and Kirsten B. Quigley are the two inventors of LunchSkins reusable sandwich and snack bags. They were neighborhood friends and in 2008, they became partners on a mission to reduce plastic waste. After hearing a staggering statistic while sitting around a kitchen table - more than 20 million plastic baggies from school lunches go into U.S. landfills every day - they leapt into action. With a combined total of seven children using dozens of plastic baggies daily, they set out to design a food-safe, convenient and stylish replacement to the plastic baggie. A year later, their eighth labor of love - LunchSkins - were born.

Three years later, LunchSkins have saved an estimated 120 million plastic baggies from entering the waste stream. They are made from a dishwasher-safe, European fabric which has been tested lead-free, BPA and phthalate free. LunchSkins are hand-sewn in the United States and are screened with colorful, mod designs which appeal to the kid in us all. Since the two moms launched their company, LunchSkins have been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, US Weekly, Parents, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food, Parenting, Family Circle and All You Magazine, and on The CBS Early Show. The co-founders have been interviewed by The Washington Post, and appeared on the Bill Handel radio show. In March of 2011, the press voted LunchSkins one of three best new products in the Best of the West competition at the Natural Products Expo West show.

Co-Founder Cristina has three kids, ages 12, 10 and 8. She is a graduate of Duke University and Northwestern University School of Law. In her down time, she enjoys being outside hiking, horseback riding, skiing or hanging out on the beach or in the mountains with family and friends. Her favorites include olives and salsa music. Stanford grad Kirsten has four kids ranging in age from 13 to 7. During her free time, you can find her pulling weeds in the garden or on her bike with any one of her active kids. Favorites include frogs and thunderstorms.

You can find more information about LunchSkins, and plastic pollution in general, at


Blog Posts by Cristina and Kirsten

  • Nature-Deficit Disorder

    Nature-Deficit Disorder

    Dr. Andrew Weil argues convincingly1 that we, as a nation, are suffering the ill effects resulting from a disconnection from nature.  Apparently, there are a wide range of behavioral problems in children, but also emotional and physical ailments in adults, who don’t spend enough time outdoors.

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  • Homemade Foods - Healthier for Your Kids and for the Planet

    Homemade Foods – Healthier for Your Kids and for the Planet

    As back to school shifts into full gear, a recent study examining the relationship between   commercially prepared foods and the rise in childhood obesity concerned us. The findings concluded that away-from-home meals contained more calories than meals made at home.

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  • Future Leaders

    Future Leaders

    Yesterday, we were asked to talk about leadership to a group of middle-schoolers.  Specifically, we were asked to address how we used leadership skills to develop and run and a business. 

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  • Green Teen

    Green Teen

    Recently, I was talking to the LunchSkins team about raising our kids green, and the challenges of doing so with teenagers at home.   As my oldest is about to enter adolescence, I recognize that there may be be societal pressure to “conspicuously consume.”  

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  • You’re Not Getting Older, You’re Getting Better

    You’re Not Getting Older, You’re Getting Better

    My first child was born almost 13 years ago.  I breastfed for a year, but I also used plastic baby bottles.  I didn’t shop organic, and was so proud of myself for having plastic zippered baggies for all of her little needs – snacks, wipes and pacifiers. 

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  • Consider This

    Consider This

    Next time you reach for a plastic baggie, or use a plastic bag at the store, think about this. When we first started our research a few years ago into the effects of plastic pollution, we heard about a massive patch of floating plastic held together by swirling currents in the Pacific Ocean.  Incredibly, we […]

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  • Grow a Little Greener

    Grow a Little Greener

    Three moms.  Nine busy kids.  One startup company. Why did we set out on a mission to reduce plastic waste three years ago?  Well, it didn’t start that way.  We used to laugh about being born in the ‘60s, but not being hippies.

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