You will need to have a few bags, so that you have time to get them washed and dried before their next use.
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Sandwich Bags (ribbon)
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Snack Bags (Velcro)
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Easy to use - The bags and wraps are designed to be easy to use. To clean them you can simply run it through the washing machine with your teatowels and other laundry.
Great for kids - Easy for young children to open, colourful to make lunch times fun, and helps teach them to be aware of the environment by not producing waste.
For Mum & Dad too! - Not just for kids, adults can take their lunch to work in these too. The lunchwraps also act like a placemat once opened, so you can eat lunch at your desk without leaving crumbs behind!
Encourage Healthy Eating - Because these wraps are colourful and fun, food inside them seems less boring, even healthier food alternatives can be exciting. It can also allow you to make more foods at home, rather than purchasing prepackaged snack foods.
Great for Picnics - Now you can pack sandwiches and know instantly whose sandwich is whose! Let the kids choose which wrap/bag will be theirs while you are making their lunch, and you`ll never have to open up sandwiches to find out which ones they are again.
The Evils of Plastics - Many people do not like the idea of food touching any plastics at all (including "gladwrap" and plastic lunchboxes). The all-cotton Sandwich Wraps and bags can allow you to wrap foods that will be placed in a lunchbox, to avoid food coming directly into contact with the plastic. Some of the Lunch Wraps and Snack Bags contain PUL - a plastic coasted fabric, but have the plastic side away from the food, so that it does not touch the food.
The Lunchbags come in 2 sizes - designed to be useful for Sandwiches (larger bag) and a smaller "snack". There are also occasionally "bitesize" bags available, suitable for a handful of nuts etc.
Cotton Wraps/Bags - These are made from only cotton fabric. Suitable for those who do not want any synthetics touching their food. These do not have the moisture-proof properties of other kinds, but do still block out some of the airflow that makes bread/cake go hard. Ideal for muffins, cake, crackers, dried fruit, popcorn etc. If using these for sandwiches or crackers, and the person eating the lunch is fussy about having very soft bread or very crisp crackers, then you may wish to use these inside a plastic lunchbox, or use one of the other styles of wrap/bag, as these types of foods may dry out or go a little stale if left in the bags/wraps for a long time.
Nylon lined Wraps/Bags - These are made from a cotton outer, with either a ripstop nylon lining, or with cotton lining and the nylon behind that (so that it does not touch the food). While the nylon is not completely moisture-proof, it does help provide an extra barrier that an all-cotton bag/wrap doesn't have. This means that bread and crackers will stay a little bit fresher than in an all-cotton bag/wrap. With the 2 options for this type of bag/wrap (having the nylon exposed or not), you can choose if you would prefer a more "wipe clean" surface, with the nylon exposed, or if you would prefer to have cotton touching the food and have the nylon hidden inside. You may prefer an exposed nylon lining if using the bag for stickier dried fruits, home-made "LCM" bars etc.
PUL lined Wraps/bags - PUL is a fabric that has been laminated with a thin film of plastic. These are made from a cotton outer and a PUL lining, with the plastic side of the PUL between the layers, so that only the fabric side touches the food. This style has the advantage of being much more leak-proof than the other styles, useful for "wet" foods such as orange wedges, salad sandwiches with mayonnaise, carrot and celery sticks etc.
Open the bags and turn them inside out for washing, to make sure they are fully cleaned on the inside. Bags and wraps with velcro closure can be turned inside out or "backwards" and the velcro done up, to help prevent it snagging other items in the wash (or use a lingerie bag to wash them in).
If you are using these with someone who is used to throwing away plastic wrap or plastic/paper bags, then you might like to try using these reusable wraps/bags inside a lunchbox. Because the lunchbox is not thrown away, it should be easier to remember not to throw the wraps away. Reinforce that they are going to be reused, and must be brought home. If your child eats their lunch or snacks outside, these wraps should be able to fold up and be put in their pocket.
Because they are brightly coloured, they should be obviously not disposable. Using an iron on label to add your child's name should also reinforce to anyone who sees it, that it is not a disposable item.
If you are looking to avoid plastics, then I would recommend using only an all-cotton wrap/bag. While the PUL lined wraps and bags have the plastic on the side that does not touch your food, it is still in close proximity to food, so you may wish to avoid these and use one of the nylon lined or all cotton wraps/bags. The PUL is offered as an option for those who request this material for the extra moisture-resistance, as it is very effective. If you are concerned with contact with food, you can also wrap the food in a cloth before using the PUL or nylon wraps/bags to limit contact with those fabrics.
Here are some healthier food ideas and recipes you could use in the lunchbags and wraps.
Not just for sandwiches (although there are a multitude of sandwich options you could try), also try things like homemade pizza or quiche slices.
If you are worried about oozy things like mayonnaise, try putting that in a little plastic container and spreading that on when you go to eat the sandwich. You could bring hot soup or stew in a thermos, and a buttered bread roll in your lunchbag/wrap!
Snack Bag ideas
Things that you can buy in individual packages, try buying in bigger packs and putting a handful in your reusable bags. Things like chips, popcorn, small biscuits and crackers.
Bake your own homemade muesli bars, mini muffins (sweet or savoury), biscuits, pancakes/pikelets (you can cut these out with cookie cutters to make them more interesting), crackers, scones, cake, mini apple pies, homemade "LCM" bars. Try making mini pizzas, quiche or frittata
For a healthy snack, try some nuts, fruit slices, dried fruit, carrot/celery sticks. You could thickly slice some block cheese and cut shapes from the slices with cookie cutters, then pack some cheese in one bag and some crackers in another.
I have a foody blog as well, so I've linked below to some recipes you might find useful.
Cinnamon, Cardamon and Sultana Scrolls
Guilt free fruitcake
Banana & Cinnamon cake
Strawberry Yoghurt & Banana Muffins
Rolled oat Bars
Sneaky Vegie Pizza
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