KITCHEN

Cling Film

ISSUES / CHALLENGES

  • Cling film is often used for sealing bowls and wrapping food. Used once, the film is thrown away, contributing to landfill trash. Made from petroleum sourced PVC or low density polyethylene to make it clingy and stretchy, it cannot be recycled.
  • Though the waste caused by cling film is fairly slim in comparison with water bottles, or indeed thrown away food, a huge amount of the product is used every year. In the UK alone, more than 560,000 tons of cling flim is used each year.

DATA SOURCES (LINKS)

EFFECTS

Wastes Resources

Landfill Waste

DO

  • Measure film accurately for use.
  • Use a clear shower cap and seal tight with a rubber band. This can be reused indefinitely.
  • Use unbleached parchment paper that can be reused and recycled.
  • Use reusable containers with lids instead of covering plates and bowls with cling film. Liquids can also be stored in the same manner.
  • Use (and reuse!) a brown paper bag or sandwich tin/bento box to pack lunch and sandwiches.
  • If no reusable containers are available, just cover the plate or bowl of food with another plate!

BENEFITS

Saves Money

Increased Item Life

Reuseable

Recycleable

LEARN

  • This is how cling film is actually made in a factory

MEDIA FORMAT

Video

Website

GET

  • Consider using silicone lids. These come in many sizes and can be stretched for an airtight seal. They are reusable, washable, and durable.

BENEFITS

Reuseable

Saves Money

Environmentally Friendlier

Less Waste

Compostable

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