Education reporter Angie Mason linked to a New York Times article today on the Cram Session blog, reflecting on a push for eco-friendly lunches.
I read her post and the article, and it reignited the battle in my mind over plastic wrap. I dutifully bring my lunch to work on most days, and I’ve been better in the past year about using reusable glass containers for leftovers, sliced fruit or salads. But I deserve a big fat F for my sandwiches and wraps, which consistently get covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. There have been debates over which is greener, but the fact remains that I throw away the sheet after I finish my lunch.
I’ve thought, off and on, about using a square of fabric instead, and closing it with a safety pin. My sandwiches aren’t particularly messy, and that way I could wash it when I’m done and reuse it. I could have a collection of five so I’d last the week.
But then the other half of my brain chimes in: “What if there is some chemical in your detergent that interacts with your food and makes you sick?” I suppose I could hand-wash them instead, perhaps with dish soap. But I haven’t made the jump yet.
And so I turn to you for some much-needed advice — have you found alternatives to plastic baggies, plastic wrap and aluminum foil? What do you use to pack your lunches?