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Reusable Sandwich Bags Found!

by Michele Zipp on May 21, 2009 at 11:00 AM


Photo from Wrap-N-Mat

Jennifer Wilson Orr, contributor to Ideal Bite's Mama Bite is here for a guest post!

Finally, after months spent training myself to bring reusable bags to the grocery store, I was ready to tackle the next plastic culprit in my home: sandwich bags.

Kindergarten started last fall, and Little Miss Persnickety only eats PB&J. I thought finding a reusable lunch container would be simple enough, but the ones I tried were either too hard for her to open or wouldn't fit in her sweet Hello Kitty lunchbox. And so the dreaded plastic sandwich bag entered our house. Fine, I thought. I'll just wash and reuse them. Looking back, I chuckle at the sight of me leaning over the sink, furiously scrubbing melted peanut butter out of a ridiculously tiny plastic bag. Uh...yeah...that didn't last long.

As luck would have it, one of the catalog companies didn't believe me when I told them, no, I really don't want you stuffing my mailbox with needless paper, and sent me another catalog anyway. Thank goodness, because I found it in one of those catalogs! The Wrap-N-Mat!

It was a little piece of reusable wrapping paper for your sandwich (I have a thing for wrapping paper...I know, not very eco of me, but I'm working through it). I was instantly sold and ordered two right away. They have been the best purchase I've made since the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (yes, I know, not eco either...sigh).

The Wrap-N-Mat is made of thick, reusable, BPA-free plastic on one side and fabric on the other, with a Velcro closure. It satisfies all my requirements: fits in Hello Kitty, easy for little fingers, and only requires a wipe with the sponge to clean. I'm so delighted with it that I almost forgot the best part: See ya plastic sandwich bags! Now if I could just find an eco replacement for the Magic Eraser...

How do you pack your child's (or your own) sandwiches? Do you use plastic or paper?

Filed Under: green guide, lunch


  • FIVEH...


    May 21, 2009 at 11:30 AM


  • absmama


    May 21, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Rubbremaid has the perfect size containers for sandwiches.  And of course, other things fit in those too.  So my son goes to school with his lunch box full of rubbermaid containers.  One for the sandwich, another for the veggie and yet another for the fruit.  The 3 of them fit perfectly in his regular sized lunch box/bag.

  • teamq...


    May 21, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    My kids don't take lunch often, they actually like school lunch....I know weird.  But these sound great.  So post a link for us.

  • Lumin...


    May 21, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    some of the cafemom etsy moms make reusable sandwich/snack bags... check out Batik Bags, they are great!

    and also check out Georgia Rose Bags, she makes reusable washable oil cloth lunch bags.

  • Cafe...

    Cafe MicheleZ

    May 21, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    If you click above in the article, the words Wrap-It-Mat it will take you to site.

  • Torri...


    July 5, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    I also make these reusable bags :)  Come on by my ETSY shop at

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