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I'm looking for an environmentally friendly way to transport my lunch. here's my story:<br><br><br><br>
I have started liking to take tortilla wraps to work for lunch. I am having a bit of trouble transporting them. I used cling wrap for several days which worked great--they stayed tightly rolled and didn't dry out but I found it difficult to reuse the cling wrap more than one day and really--who wants to use more plastic? I can't recycle plastic here so i really don't want to use it.<br><br><br><br>
I tried rolling my tortilla, cutting it in half and putting it in my plastic reusable sandwich box but it came loose and was very dry by lunchtime.<br><br><br><br>
Any ideas? how do you keep the tortilla from drying out without cling wrap?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks. Spider<br><br><br><br>
PS A friend suggested I wrap the tortilla in a damp handkerchief and then put it in my plastic sandwich box but I must have had the hankie too damp because it was a big soggy mess by lunch.
 

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Possibly try putting the damn hankie in the box w/them, maybe outlining the bottom & put the wraps in the center, and to keep them together, maybe buy some good quality plastic toothpicks (so you can wash and reuse them) and poke them through to keep them from unwrapping. *shrug* I've never tried this before, thought I'd suggest it anyway. Who knows, maybe it'll work.<br><br><br><br>
There also might be some type of lunch bag good for keeping foods from drying out.
 

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You could try shoving a couple toothpicks through it before putting it in your container. Place it in the smallest container it can fit in to minimize rolling. As an alternative bring all the components of your wrap in seperate containers and make your wrap at lunch time.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Ludi</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
reuseable ziploc baggies, they last for years....</div>
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Exactly, that's what I use. I have a million plastic bags of all kinds because I keep washing them out, drying them and reusing them. I use this wooden bag dryer: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FPlastic-Bag-Dryer%2Fdp%2FB000E8OQNK%2Fsr%3D8-2%2Fqid%3D1153712974%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_2%2F104-4332058-2314309%3Fie%3DUTF8" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Bag-Dr...314309?ie=UTF8</a><br><br><br><br>
and yes it's a little expensive, but I figure I made the money back I spent on it by saving on plastic bags. I've thrown out very few of them in the last several years.
 

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Similar question... what about when covering dishes in the fridge, microwaving, etc?</div>
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When I cover things in the fridge, I use plastic sealable containers. Even though they're microwave safe, I never micro them to help prevent staining/etc, so that they last long. (I've been told to get stains out-especially spaghetti sauce stains-to soak them in epsom salt) When I microwave things, I place a napkin on top of them, and use the same napkin to wipe my mouth with.
 

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I've heard that it's dangerous to use plastic containers in the microwave because there are chemicals in the plastic that can leach into the food.<br><br><br><br>
I'd have to look into that a little more, but that's what I've been told.
 

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I've heard that it's dangerous to use plastic containers in the microwave because there are chemicals in the plastic that can leach into the food.<br><br><br><br>
I'd have to look into that a little more, but that's what I've been told.</div>
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I've also read this and believe it to be true. I never microwave anything in plastic containers or with plastic wrap for the same reason.<br><br><br><br>
I use a ceramic bowl or plate to microwave something on, then I invert another ceramic bowl or plate over it as a lid.
 

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this site sells reusable cloth sandwich wraps <a href="http://www.reusablebags.com/store/wrapnmat-set-of-3-p-137.html?osCsid=3ae1fef8cf5a935ee74b51ca18b208fb#" target="_blank">http://www.reusablebags.com/store/wr...b51ca18b208fb#</a>
 

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Thank you for posting the link, berrykat. I would have posted it myself. I actually bought those very sandwich wraps from reusable bags - they are awesome. I use them to bring sandwiches, veggie burgers, pita sandwiches and burritos to work. bring a plate to work for use for reheating things (do NOT reheat in the cloth wrap!)<br><br><br><br>
They are awesome. It seems expensive at first but it becomes savings over time because you aren't using the plastic bags, and its better for your health, too!<br><br><br><br>
I've been using them for about 3 years, I think. My husband and I get all sorts of compliments about them. It makes a great placemat too!<br><br><br><br>
While you are at reusablebags, you should also get some bags for carrying groceries - freedom from plastic bags is AWESOME.
 

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I like those sandwich wrap/placemats, but I don't really need them because I put my sandwiches in a sandwich-size plastic storage container, which holds it all together nicely. For wraps, I'd try to do the same thing-- find a cheap plastic container that's about the right size to cram the wrap in tightly so it doesn't come unrolled.<br><br><br><br>
Or I'd try going the sandwich bag route, but I'd roll the bag up tightly around it and secure it with a bit of tape so it doesn't come unrolled inside the bag.
 

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When I make wraps at the restaurant I work at the best way is to make sure the wrap is warm so it folds better and make it flat instead of round with the seam on the bottom of the container
 

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I've heard that it's dangerous to use plastic containers in the microwave because there are chemicals in the plastic that can leach into the food.<br><br><br><br>
I'd have to look into that a little more, but that's what I've been told.</div>
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Yep, but certain plastic outgasses anyway so we're already halfway screwed in the beginning. But yeah don't warm up food in plastic.
 

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how about aluminum foil?</div>
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Aluminum foil is pretty wasteful too.
 

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Thanks for the tips everyone. I am on holiday until September so i'll try these ideas when the school term begins again. I try to set a really good example for my students as far as being environmentally conscious so I want them to see me doing the right thing.<br><br><br><br>
As for cling wrap and plastic reusable boxes I NEVER reheat in them. I only use a microwave at school (we don't own one) and I'm trying to get more lunch ideas like these wraps that don't need reheating. I worry too much about plastic offgassing to reheat in one.<br><br><br><br>
As for foil--I can recycle foil here. So it seems a bit more "friendly" but it still is incredibly wasteful. The only reason I own cling film in the first place is I use it to cover my head when I put henna on my hair.<br><br><br><br>
I'm going to look for a tighter container so not so much air space around it try the toothpick thing. Maybe a lettuce leaf to keep the tortilla moist. If all else fails I can bring and assemble at school--but space is limited and i don't know where I'd stash a bag of tortillas.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for all the suggestions. Spider
 

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what about paper.. like baking paper/waxed paper ( not sure what they wax paper with?) But the waxed paper would probably keep it moist and with a quick wipe down could be reused? Perhaps?
 

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this site sells reusable cloth sandwich wraps <a href="http://www.reusablebags.com/store/wrapnmat-set-of-3-p-137.html?osCsid=3ae1fef8cf5a935ee74b51ca18b208fb#" target="_blank">http://www.reusablebags.com/store/wr...b51ca18b208fb#</a></div>
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That is awesome!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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