It’s no secret that cling film is harmful to the environment, clogs up our oceans and more recently, was accepted as a health risk to humans. It’s cheap, widely available in every supermarket and is the go-to solution to keep your food fresh outside of the fridge. So how do we ditch it? Well, we’ve become quite fond of its natural alternative here at EcoVibe, beeswax wraps!
Why is cling film harmful to the environment?
Let’s have a little look at why cling film is harmful to the environment. Just like every other non-recyclable plastic product, cling film isn’t compostable, so ends up in landfill sites across the globe, on our streets, in our parks and in our oceans, on an alarming scale.
In fact, a staggering 1.2 billion metres of the stuff, roughly 740,000 miles of it is used by every home in the UK every single year! That’s enough stretchy, slow-to-break-down cling film to wrap its way around the entire circumference of the earth 30 times over!
Now you can probably imagine why you see it discarded everywhere, and can envision it piled high in your local landfill site.
Cling film is made from something called nurdles. These little terrors are what make up every sheet of cling film and what make up most of our plastic items today in some regard. Nurdles are small plastic pellets roughly the size of a lentil, unfortunately, they almost always find their way into our oceans on a mammoth scale. They pollute the waterways of the world and poison our wild and marine life when mistaken for food. As cling film breaks down and degrades, we end up with billions upon billions of microscopic nurdles afloat in the seas of the world.
Nurdles washed up on a beach.
These fragments of plastic never really go away, they just break down further and further into smaller pieces, until they become a microscopic menace that no one can see.
Why are beeswax wraps a good alternative?
There are many ways you can reduce your use or exposure to cling film, but in terms of a like-for-like alternative and replacement, reusable beeswax wraps are your best bet!
Beeswax food wraps are made from a few completely natural ingredients, including; organic cotton, hemp, beeswax (of course!), tree resin and organic jojoba oil. Indeed, they are completely plastic-free, so there’s no transference of harmful chemicals that leach into your food through traditional cling film. They are reusable, which is fantastic. All you need to do after you have finished using a beeswax wrap, is hand wash it in cold soapy water and it’s ready to go again!
Beeswax wraps keep your food, sandwiches, herbs and vegetables fresh and, what’s more, the wraps are completely breathable, ensuring your fresh food isn’t stifled in any way. In addition to this, with the proper care, one wrap can last up to a year of regular use.
If that’s not enough, when you think your beeswax wraps have had it, they are completely compostable, there really is no waste involved throughout the lifecycle of this product!
With the growing problem of plastic polluting our oceans and our planet on a colossal scale, removing an every day product like cling film from your household can make a real difference to our precious planet.
How else can you replace cling film?
There’re a few other ways you can be a bit savvier in the kitchen and remove cling film from your food prep. You can use reusable plastic or glass containers with lids in the microwave instead of covering your meals in cling film. An even easier way is to simply not use it, instead of wrapping your sandwiches or wraps in cling film, simply place them in your lunch box unwrapped instead.
You could use stretchy silicone lids to cover bowls instead of cling film, and simply cover food with a plate in the microwave. Plastic tubs are also a great storage alternative to cling film, although we advise against as much plastic as possible, reusing durable plastic and ditching single-use plastics can really help you reduce the amount you waste.
A little bit about EcoVibe
At EcoVibe, we’re passionate about helping people find everyday alternatives to harmful, single-use plastic. We carefully select products that are ethically and responsibly sourced that we think will be really useful to anyone looking to cut down on the amount of plastic they use. For top tips on reducing plastic, visit our eco-blog, or have a quick look at our plastic-free collection!