Cling film - how to replace it?


Cling film or plastic wrap is a thin plastic film which clings to itself or other smooth surfaces, meaning it can handily cover food without the need for any extra devices or fasteners. Cling film can be made from a variety of plastics, however the original and most popular material is polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Not only is there talk of this plastic being harmful to human health, it is also a single-use product, meaning it is ending up in landfill and in our oceans where it is causing harm to the environment and nature.


Like other non-recyclables, plastic food wrap ends up on landfill at best, and as litter on land and in the sea at worst. On landfill it will sit and possibly leach its chemicals for years, not degrading, and elsewhere it will do the same, whilst also being a risk to wildlife or fish who may get caught up in it or eat it.

How to replace cling film in the kitchen

Replacing cling film in the kitchen is easier than you might think. Here are some simple ideas on how to do it:

  • Use reusable containers with lids, reusable silicone lids, or beeswax wrap instead of covering plates and bowls with cling film to refrigerate food

  • Place sandwiches in lunchboxes instead of wrapping with cling film

  • Pour unused liquids into containers with lids or with pinch-lock seal instead of covering a pouring spout with cling film

  • Use ceramic or glass containers to reheat food in ovens or microwaves, and cover with a plate if required

  • Use a cake tin for storing cakes, muffins, biscuits, etc.

  • Prevent your dough from drying out while rising with vegetable oil

You can also create your own beeswax wrap. Check our blog post here.

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