Single-use plastic wrap is one of the most common forms of plastic waste in households.
A 2018 survey in the US showed that whilst the average household used 1-2 rolls of plastic wrap in a six month period, 5.25 million Americans use 10 or more rolls! That's a lot of plastic wrap!
Plastic wrap is a significant problem in our environment because it never breaks down. It just breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces that enter the food chain after they're eaten by marine animals in particular.
The prevalence of plastics in our environment has been linked to many human health issues including obesity, early adolescence, infertility and cancer. Plastics are not just impacting our environment. Because we’re part of the environment, they’re impacting us too!
If you’re a user of single-use plastic wrap, be part of the change and switch to reusable alternatives. Here's three of our favourite alternatives for single-use plastic wrap.
Beeswax wraps are a versatile alternative to single-use plastic cling wrap. Made from 100% organic cotton with a coating made from organic beeswax, coconut oil, jojoba oil and natural tree gum products, they also have antibacterial properties.
To use, simply place over your leftovers and allow the warmth of your hands to mould the cloth around your dish or platter. The wrap will harden and stay stuck to the dish when placed in a cool refrigerator. They can also be placed in a freezer. Reusable Beeswax wraps are also great to wrap sandwiches and fresh produce.
To clean, simply handwash in the kitchen sink and allow to dry on a dish rack. With good care expect a set to last around 12 months.
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Fabric food covers are a quick and convenient way to cover platters and leftovers without the need for single-use plastic wrap. The elasticized sides fit over all sorts of dishes - even large platters!
If you're handy with a sewing machine you can easily make your own, or check out 4MyEarth reusable fabric food covers.
4MyEarth Reusable Food Covers are made from 100% cotton canvas and feature a food grade inner coating that helps keep food fresher for longer. They're perfect for covering leftovers and keeping fruits and vegetables such as rockmelon and butternut pumpkin fresh. They're great for the end of a cheese block too!
Reusable stretch silicone food wraps are a newer alternative to single-use plastic wrap.
Made from food grade silicone they can be easily stretched over bowls, cups and plates to keep food fresh. They're designed to go on clean, dry surfaces but work a treat on fresh produce such as pumpkin halves and sliced watermelon.
Because the can withstand a wide temperature range (-40°C to 230°C), they're freezer safe, dishwasher safe, oven and fridge safe.
It’s surprisingly simple to break up with single-use plastic wrap. By switching to reusable alternatives such as beeswax wraps, fabric food covers or stretch silicone food wrap, you’ll help create a more sustainable future for all.
Already broken up with single-use plastic wrap? Share what change you’ve made in the comments below!
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About the Author:
Laura Trotta is an experienced environmental engineer, award-winning sustainable living educator and the founder of Sustainahome. She’s dedicated over two decades of her life to the sustainability cause and her personal mission in life is to make green mainstream.
A passionate believer in addressing the small things to achieve big change, and protecting the planet in practical ways, Laura lives with her husband and two sons in Adelaide, South Australia.
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