You might have already read what I think about wasteful lunches. How easy it is to fall into zip bag heaven to wrap up fruit or convenient snacks we buy in bulk for our kids. Last night I bagged up 49 Valentine’s day “treats” for my kid’s classmates along with a little card. As I finished the last treat bag, I thought to myself: “this is ridiculous! I can’t believe I am going to write about ‘greener’ ways and here I am wasting this many.”
Another of my pet peeves is the amount of tupperware containers I use up to package up my kid’s lunches. The top rack of the dishwasher gets filled up in no time! To top it all off, I think: how clean is the table where they are going to be eating? (I know, I know…but I can’t help it!)
A while back, I found a Wrap-N-Mat at the container store and loved the idea of having a clean surface to eat anywhere! The sandwich size one is 13×13 inches and fits even a “salad stuffed” sandwich (you know, the ones that have like 3″ worth of lettuce and tomatoes.)
In my case, I love to use it for my kid’s bite sized sandwiches. They open their Wrap-N-Mat and they can eat their sandwich on a clean surface and not one freshly wiped with Lysol. Once they get home, I just have to wipe it clean or hand wash it for the next use.
The Wrap-N-Mat Pouch is great to include snacks in their lunch and it opens the same way; pulling the velcro open to provide a clean surface to eat the snack. I mostly use it for sliced apples, grapes, carrot sticks, crackers and pretzels. Between these and another re-usable pouch I use, I save about 2-3 zip bags a day for each kid; or about 25-30 a week!!
This is a back view of the Wrap-N-Mat Wrap (left) and the Wrap-N-Mat Pouch (right). All Wrap-N-Mat products retail between $7.50-$9.50 for their standard sized Wrap-N-Mat and $10 for the “grande” sized mat (17″x14″) You can buy Wrap-N-Mats at http://www.wrap-n-mat.com/ and other local retailers.
Wrap -N-Mat has many fun patterns for kids and solid colors for adults. I think these Wrap-N-Mats are great for adults who sometimes have to eat their lunch at their desk. Yes, our desks are filled with germs.
Thank you Wrap-N-Mat for providing these two great samples to try out for my “green-up your lunch” series. My kids love it; and so do their teachers at school because they don’t have to wipe their tables clean after!
I was not compensated to write this product review, but I am grateful to Wrap-N-Mat for providing these great samples to try out. The opinions written above are my own.