As part of my drive to reduce plastic use in our house, I bought stainless steel water bottles from Onya to avoid using plastic bottles or having to buy water when I'm out. Onya is a very innovative brand and although it has not been around for long is has already made a name for itself because the products are so durable and also stylish. A lot of people don't realise it but 'Onya' is named so because the products are all designed to carry 'on ya', which massively reduced the need to consume new bags or bottles.
I was going to buy a BPA-free plastic lunchbox for my little girl, but I wanted something compact that wouldn't take up a lot of space in the nappy bag I carry around whenever I go anywhere with her. So when I saw the Wrap n Mat on the company's website, I decided to order one to give it a trial run.
The Wrap n Mat is a compact square of cotton and polyester that can be folded to wrap around 2 sandwiches or a other food items. It has hardy lengths of velcro sewn onto it to keep the food well wrapped. In my experience it as never leaked or opened, and I have used it successfully with a combination of different foods now, including dried and fresh fruit, and wraps (the edible kind).
The inner lining of the mat is made of a plastic-like lining which uses no chemicals like normal plastic does. It is easy to wipe clean after every use and is also handy for using as a mat on your lap as you eat. The whole mat is washable and it dries really quickly too, I'm not sure how this works but it really is a fantastic feature! I always had to hand-dry plastic food containers, in the past.
The Wrap n Mat Wrap comes in different colours. I chose a plain blue one as my husband now takes it to work with him, and I have ordered some more funky colours for my little girl. It cost £4.70 including postage when I bought it on Amazon, and I have since bought more. When I ordered 2 in my next order, the company sent me a free bag to go with them! The wraps are also made to fair trade standards.
To sum up, this wrap is not only safer for your health and your children's health, and much more durable than a lunchbox that is liable to break and then leaves an empty bulk in your bag, it is also cheaper than buying plastic tupperware, and better for the environment.
People are always seeing me with the Wrap n Mat and watching it in awe, saying how useful it is, and then going off and buying them for themselves. I cannot recommend this product enough.. Once you have a Wrap n Mat, you will wonder how you ever survived without one, before!
I regularly take sandwiches to work, but I hate wrapping clingfilm around them. I find clingfilm makes my sandwiches feel squashed and I can't be buying grease-proof paper all the time to wrap them up in. So I was on the look out for a solution and I found it with the Wrap n Mat Wrap.
Basically, the Wrap n Mat Wrap is a re-useable sandwich wrap (though you could use it to wrap other snacks) that simply folds out to reveal your sandwiches. As the name suggests, one you've unwrapped your sandwiches you can then use the Wrap n Mat as a placemat to keep all the crumbs etc in one place.
The outside of the wrap is made of a cotton & polyester blend, with the inside being made with a PEVA food-safe lining which is really easy to wipe clean. The wrap is fastened closed with Velcro, so you can be assured your sandwich is secure. The whole thing can be hand-washed and air dried, which I tend to do at the weekend unless I've got something on the outside of it during the week, otherwise I just wipe the inside of in clean in-between use.
In today's world of being green and recycling things etc, the Wrap n Mat Wrap is an ideal product as it provides you with re-usable sandwich/snack packaging which can be used time & time again. You simply fold the sides around the sandwich/snack and fasten shut with the velcro tab. It keeps your sandwiches nice and fresh, even if you've made your sandwiches the night before.
The Wrap n Mat Wrap comes in various colours and patterns (printed with. I chose the red gingham one and bought it from Ecohandy via Amazon. I paid £4.25 plus P&P for mine and I think it's well worth it. I've been using mine for a while now and it's handy for work as it saves my desk from getting covered in crumbs and any of the sandwich filling that might fall out, as well as keeping my sandwich nice & fresh.
I'd definitely recommend wrapping your sandwiches up in one of these rather than using clingfilm or grease-proof paper.
I first saw the Wrap n Mat Wrap on ebay when I was searching for something recyled or reusable for my husband who abhors wastefulness. As he took a packed lunch to work everyday I thought he might like this instead of using clingfilm for his sandwiches. It is basically a conveniently shaped piece of cloth with a plastic lining which folds up neatly and fastens with velcro. The Wrap n Mat acts as both a sandwich wrap and a placemat. It folds out flat and is easy to wipe clean after use, unlike a bag which is more fiddly and has to be turned inside out.
They are available in lots of different colours and prints. There are now two sizes available. I have found the size to be the only problem, as the original wrap, (33cm by 33cm), will fold around an average sandwich with two slices of bread perfectly, but if you want to take more then your lunch will either get squashed, or you need another wrap or clingfilm/plastic bag. This is why my husband didn't use it every day - because he took different sized bread such as buns, breadsticks etc which didn't fit. However it does get used, and over time it should pay for itself by replacing much of our clingfilm usage. I've seen them on ebay today for £4.50 with free UK postage and there is a website with more info about them at www.wrap-n-mat.com.
They are manufactured in China, apparently fairly traded, use vegetable dyes for the prints and a non toxic food friendly lining called PEVA, (polyethylene vinyl acetate), which is is said to be less environmentally harmful in its production than PVC. The company claim they are eco friendly, although I wonder if that's truly the case if you take into account all the earth costs involved?
I would say this is probably worth buying if you know you will use it every day.
Re-usable sandwich wrap.