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Cling wrap is a single-use plastic item that ends up in landfills, as litter or roaming around the ocean. According to the World Health Organisation, when cling wrap ends up in landfills or incinerators, it can release a highly toxic chemical called dioxin. In the ocean, it poses a severe risk to fish and other wildlife; the clear plastic is mistaken for jellyfish, so when consumed, the indigestible plastic remains in the animal’s stomach.
Not only is cling wrap detrimental to our wildlife and environment, but it may also be bad for us as well. When heated up, the chemicals from the cling wrap may come into contact with our food and cause adverse health effects over time.
There are so many ways to keep food fresh without single-use cling wrap. Here at Flora & Fauna, we have a fantastic range of nifty reusable products to make the transition away from cling wrap super easy. Many of these products will serve you for life, resulting in less plastic waste in food preparation and storage.
Agreena 3 in 1 Eco Kitchen Wrap
The Agreena 3 in 1 Eco Kitchen Wrap is a team favourite - it can be used as a direct substitute for cling wrap, aluminium foil or baking paper – it can withstand temperatures of up to 220°C!
The 100% pure silicone wraps contain no petrochemicals, BPA, or lead, meaning it’s safe to use in the microwave and in contact with your food. When washed with warm soapy water and dried properly, it will stretch and stick to anything. The best part is that it’s 100% reusable, essentially saving you money in the long run and cutting out unnecessary plastic going into landfill.
Charles Viancin Reusable Food Covers
The Charles Viancin reusable lids will definitely brighten up your kitchen! The silicone food covers create an airtight seal on any smooth rim or surface, which eliminates the need for cling wrap and aluminium foil. They can also be used on pots and pans during cooking to retain steam or prevent splattering. The lids come in so many sizes and fun designs, resembling lilypads, poppies, watermelons, and citrus fruits. They’re also safe to use in the microwave oven and fridge!
Wrappa Organic Cotton Wraps
The Wrappa Reusable Food Wraps are made out of cotton and vegetable waxes; they’re perfect for covering bowls of food, sandwiches and snacks. You can even fold it to make a little bag for things like popcorn, nuts, and crackers (great for school lunch boxes). They come in so many fabulous designs to brighten up the food in your fridge and pantry! Love a bit of DIY? Why not try making your own reusable wraps using the Wrappa DIY Vegan Wax Mix.
4myearth Food Bags, Covers, and Pockets
The 4myearth products are available in so many beautiful designs. The bags and covers are perfect for reducing your reliance on single-use cling wrap. The bags are lightweight, freezer safe and made with food-safe lining. The covers are made from high-quality cotton canvas and have elasticated edges to fit over bowls and plates. The food pockets are made for snacks and other small items. All products last for years and are biodegradable, resulting in zero plastic waste!
Retro Kitchen Bowl Covers
This option is the simplest out of the top five we've chosen; simply stretch the cover to fit the bowl, and you're done! The Retro Kitchen Reusable Bowl Covers are made with cotton and a food-safe lining to keep moisture in and food fresh. They’re also handy for transporting food to gatherings or covering salads on the table until ready to eat.
Think you can’t live without cling wrap? Why not give one of these options a try and let us know how you go in the comments below!