After crunching the numbers and finding between $130 – $200 worth of savings just by eating at home last month I am now even more inspired to diligently pack my lunch each week. Although I was initially motivated by monetary reasons alone, I now realize that our homemade lunches also help us live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Since we pack our lunches or eat at home, I no longer need to leave the office to pick up lunch, not only do I use less gas each week but I also spend less money on transportation costs. It’s a win-win for our wallets and the environment.
But since I started packing my lunch I’ve been bothered by the amount of trash I accumulate with sandwich baggies and saran wrap. A few weeks ago I picked up a copy of Gorgeously Green and I must admit that I’ve become a bit paranoid about our impact on the environment. I started carrying my sandwich in a Tupperware container to avoid the extra plastic wrap, but the box is bulky and takes up quite a bit of room in my tiny little lunch bag.
After trying a number of different sized containers I ultimately resorted back to using sandwich bags. (I know I could buy a larger lunch bag to correct the problem, but I really like my current one.) Last week the universe must have known I was searching for an alternative, because while I was reading Body + Soul magazine I came across a blurb about the Wrap-N-Mat. I haven’t tried the Wrap-N-Mat out yet, but it appears to be a simple cloth material on one side and a phthalate free plastic on the other. According to the website you place your sandwich in the middle of the Wrap-N-Mat and then wrap the material around it, sealing it shut with a small tab of Velcro. The sandwich stays neatly wrapped and doesn’t take up any more space than tinfoil or saran wrap.
The wraps cost between $5.99 and $7.99, which seems a bit pricey, but a few boxes of sandwich baggies over the months could easily amount to that.