Today’s change — to abandon cling wrap in favour of parchment paper, cheesecloth or other more natural materials — was suggested to me last night by my mother, which is ironic, because throughout my childhood she would always use cling wrap when packing my lunch for school.
At the time, I couldn’t care less about the environmental impact of this but would instead complain that she’d wrapped my sandwiches too tightly. And it was true — whatever foodstuffs were between the two slices of bread would inevitably have an aftertaste of plastic. On top of this, it was often the case that a juice box or yogurt container would smoosh up against the defenseless sandwich, so by the time I got around to peeling off the Saran wrap the substance underneath would be more like a peanut butter, banana and petroleum flavoured slurry.
Of course, I can’t complain, because if it were left up to me I’d probably have eaten Nutella and Wonderbread every day and subsequently be all twitchy and malnourished (so thanks, Mom — you’re the best!).
But getting back to the subject: To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure how much more eco-friendly parchment paper is compared to cling wrap, but I’m pretty sure it’s better by the fact that it’s paper-based rather than plastic, and surely it has to be better than aluminum foil, too. I’ve also got some unbleached, organic cotton cheesecloth, which should work just as well with some twine or an elastic band to keep it in place.