At home we ran out of plastic lunch bags a week and a half ago. Instead of purchasing new bags I grabbed a box of soy wax lined paper wraps from The Earth Smart Store. www.earthsmartstore.com and decided to see for myself if it was possible to live without ziplock sandwich bags in my lunch.
I can honestly say after ten days that it feels pretty darn good to be able to wrap virtually everything needed in my lunch with the soy based wrapping paper. When I used brown bags, I would crumble everything up at the end of lunch and toss it in my compost bin. On the days where I used a re-usable lunch tote it was just less compost waste.
The bottom line is that the following wrapped up just fine with no problems:
Sandwiches - the bread stayed very moist with no issues. PB & J was which spilled out of the bread was well contained by the wax paper.
Cookies - The corners of the wrap were pulled up around the cookies and the ends were twisted around each other. Cookies stayed fresh and there was little or no damage.
Crackers - Same technique as above and no issues.
Grapes - Worked like a charm
If I wanted to have soup I could use a compostable PLA lined paper container and lid and small portion cups could be used for applesauce and other sauces.
At the end of ten days I saved approximately 25-30 plastic ziplock bags which would have gone to the landfill and was able to compost all of my waste. That’s approximately 780 bags per year for one person. Imagine if a large group of us started doing this? I’m sure Glad wouldn’t be happy!