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)
- Measure film accurately for use.
- Make your own beeswax wrap and use it as a food bowl cover.
- 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!
- Here are some more useful tips and alternatives to cling film.
Increased Item Life
- This is how cling film is actually made in a factory
- Consider using silicone lids. These come in many sizes and can be stretched for an airtight seal. They are reusable, washable, and durable.
- Cotton bowl covers are also an excellent long-lasting solution
- Carry your sandwiches with you in these stylish reusable and durable food containers