Jumping on the Green Bandwagon

My Earth Day Post

On my last two visits to Quizno’s I noticed they have changed the way they wrap their sandwiches for carry-out. Normally this kind of thing wouldn’t garner a second thought from me, but the new way they are wrapping their sandwiches is somewhat annoying to me. So I looked into it and discovered Quizno’s is trying to “be green.”

I happen to be something of a sandwich lover. Turkey sandwiches to be specific. So you will regularly see me at Subway, Togo’s, or as in the case today, Quizno’s. And since I eat said sandwiches at my desk I like to have something to open up and use as a sort of placemat. The new wrapping is contains “significant amounts” of post-consumer materials and supposedly uses less paper. Post consumer materials is good, it’s the way they designed the “less paper” I find issue with.

With this new wrapping I now have to carefully tear open the cute little sleeve the sandwiches come in to have a flat and somewhat larger place to put the sandwich down between bites. (I don’t like to work for my food.) And once the paper is flat it isn’t all that much smaller than the old school style Quizno’s used to have. Add in the glue, which I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure is not environmentally friendly, and I’m not sure this isn’t more than a marketing gimmick; Quizno’s attempt to capitalize on a recent trend toward being “earth-friendly.”

Now don’t get me wrong, I am all about helping the environment. I recycle as much as possible and get e-bills from those I can so I don’t waste paper. But when your efforts as a service company (the service of offering convenient food) to go green impede the very service you are offering, that’s where you need to take a second look.

Okay, maybe I’m just being picky. I like my sandwiches and I want to enjoy them without hassle. Is that too much to ask? This may may make me rethink Quizno’s the next time I want a turkey sandwich. What do you think? Leave a comment with your thoughts.

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Comments: 4

  1. khittenheart April 23, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Were you able to discover in what way these new wrappers were supposed to be better for the environment? Are they made of recycled materials? Are they supposed to be smaller than the previous style? Where’s the “green”?

    From your description, they just sound annoying, not environmentally friendly!

    • JWil April 23, 2010 at 8:38 am

      I have updated my post to include the ways in which Quizno’s says they are being more earth friendly. It is about using “less paper in the production.” (Quoted from their website)

  2. khittenheart April 23, 2010 at 6:47 am

    …. so odd, the comment count didn’t update when I posted….

    • JWil April 23, 2010 at 10:10 am

      Has it updated in the past when you posted? All comments are moderated, but I’m still so new at this I’m not sure what that looks like or what happens from the commenter’s perspective.