I figured I’d take the momentum of having a new reusable lunch bag, and see what else I could do to reduce the waste involved in lunching away from home. First thing I did was make myself a set of Lunch Box Napkins like I have for my kids. Theirs are lemons, but I made mine cherries – to match the bag, natch.
I spent some time flipping through books and searching online to find eco-friendly items I could make to hold my sandwich and a crunchy snack, but after a couple of hours, I came to the conclusion that my best option is to continue using the Ziploc (or is it Glad?) containers I already own.
That’s not what a crafty girl wants to conclude! I had visions of sewing something in a fun red & white stripe. Or, better yet, polka dots! But, alas, it seems it is not meant to be. Here’s a sampling of what I found:
The book Sewing Green (fabulous book, btw) has a project for a sandwich wrap using polyurethane laminated fabric, also known as PUL. I considered that as a possibility, but the comments on this post had people questioning the food-safe-ness of PUL.
So then I read about this nifty snack bag project which uses ripstop nylon as a liner. Also a promising project, until the safety of nylon came into question in the comments there.
I poked around the internet all afternoon and never found confirmation either way on those two types of fabric. Nor did I find a miracle fiber that could keep air away from food and be unquestionably safe at the same time. I’m no scientist, and so it’s hard to know how many of the warning voices are completely paranoid, and how many are legitimately concerned. So I opted not to splurge on any questionable material, money being tight and all. These days I have to be absolutely sure about something before I’ll spend my pennies on it.
The cute factor of my Ziploc/Glad containers leaves a lot to be desired, but they are free of BPA and phthalates, and approved by the FDA for use with food. This means I have no qualms about using them to hold a sandwich and a handful of pretzels for a few hours. Plus I already own them. Looks like I’ll be sticking with ugly-but-functional for the time being. The good news is, aside from the soda can, my lunches are trash-free. (Not sure I’ll be able to pry that Dr. Pepper out of my soda-lovin’ fingers any time soon, but I probably should try…)
So how about you? Anything creative and green about the way you pack your lunches? Any ideas for adding more creative touches to my own lunch bag?
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