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How to Make the most Eco-Friendly Sandwich Wrap EVER

eco-friendly sandwich wrap

Ever since my boys started school, I’ve been striving to reduce school lunch waste. I love to use reusable cloth napkins. Early on I made sandwich wraps out of recycled table clothes. They worked great, but I was concerned about the safety of the vinyl.  So with this project, I want to impress that the really important thing to consider when making eco-friendly sandwich wraps is that you want to be sure what you’re using is safe for food, because not all plastic or vinyl is safe for use with food.

Reusing food packaging to make an eco-friendly reusable sandwich wrapper

There are two food packages that I recommend for this project. Either a potato chip bag or the plastic bag that cereal comes in – it’s inside the cereal box.
For my demonstration, I’m using the clear bag that comes inside a box of cereal.

How to Make an Eco-Friendly Sandwich Wrapper

 

SuppliesDIY sandwich wrapper supplies

Cereal bag (liner); Sewable Velcro®; Scissors; Sharpie; Dinner plate to use as a template; Washi tape to decorate

Step 1

First take your bag and cut along the seams so the bag is opened flat in a single layer.

Step 2

Clean it thoroughly with mild dish soap and water.

EORsandwrap_traceStep 3

Trace your plate onto the cereal bag. I found that an 11″ plate works well for a full sandwich and a 9″ plate works well as a template for half sandwiches.

Step 4

Fold the circle so that the left and right sides meet in the center. Then fold the bottom up and the top down so that they overlap about an inch. Crease the folds.

Step 5

Sew the Velcro onto the underside of the top flap and the outside of the bottom flap. I made my Velcro a little longer so that I could adjust the closure depending on the size variations in my sandwich.

Step 6EORsandwrap_washi

Decorate! Because the bag is clear, it gives you blank space to decorate as you wish. I used Washi tape because it’s easy to apply and stands up to the cleaning process.

Why is this the most Eco-Friendly Sandwich Wrap EVER?

1. This eco-friendly sandwich wrap reuses something that you were going to discard

2. It reduces the waste and cost of disposable plastic baggies that you may have used otherwise

3. Because it easily wipes clean, you don’t need to worry about throwing it in the laundry like other reusable sandwich wraps.

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Below is a video of me using this process to create an eco-friendly sandwich wrapper out of a potato chip bag. 

Have you ever tried to rip open some of these chip bags? Especially the ones with a matte finish. They’re impossible. They’re so durable I need to open them with scissors. This was an instant sign that this material would hold up to multiple usages.


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Have seen or created any reuse and repurpose ideas for food packaging?

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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4 Responses to How to Make the most Eco-Friendly Sandwich Wrap EVER

  1. Joan Langford September 24, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    Very nice idea Cristin,
    Video made it easy to understand the process.
    The only concern I have is won’t this bag can be harmful if used for long?
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  2. Eve September 24, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    Yes, by all means my expertise is in creativity not food safety. The packaging that I used said the food expires in 8 months. Please share if you have reasons why the packaging would expire. Thanks for joining the conversation!

  3. Howard October 5, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    Three cheers for the environment – great idea, and saves money too.
    Informative article with enjoyable video.

    I think the packaging would be safe beyond expiry date.
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  4. Phillip@Briquette Maker October 18, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    How clever is that. I watched the video after reading the text and it all makes sense when you see a demo. I have always tried to reuse packaging and do use it for sandwiches but this is the first time Ive seen a reusable one with a neat Velcro fastening. Keep up the good work.

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