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The best alternatives to plastic wrap

Say goodbye to cling wrap with these clever planet-friendly options

It’s no news flash that single-use plastic is one of the greatest threats to our oceans, waterways and our planet, but tearing ourselves away from our love affair with cling wrap is something many of us struggle with. Like any journey toward becoming more sustainable it’s about aiming for improvement and not perfection. Change your habits bit-by-bit starting with these plastic wrap alternatives.

Beeswax wraps

Beeswax wraps are one of the simplest and easiest cling wrap swaps you can make. They come in a range of cute prints and sizes, and all you need to do is rinse them and wipe clean so they’re ready to use again. They typically last 12 months if you care for them properly. You can even make your own with a DIY kit.

4MyEarth, food cover set

These cotton/canvas covers can turn your bowls and plates into instant containers. They’re a great vegan alternative to beeswax wraps, are biodegradable at the end of their lifecycle and food-grade safe.

Agreena, reusable silicone food wraps

Wrap and seal with this reusable silicon sheet. We find they’re great for bigger fruit and veg items like watermelon or pumpkin. Another good vegan alternative, they’re freezer friendly and can also be used in the microwave or oven. Agreena also have their own recycling initiative specifically for their wraps.

Stasher, silicon pouch  

Stasher is a little more expensive than other reusable bags but they’re really durable and best of all, leakproof. You can use them to cook, they’re oven proof, dishwasher safe and will stand up to the freezer. They come in a range of sizes from snack to XL. The company is also BCorp certified.

 

Onya life, reusable sandwich wrap

These handy little reusable sandwich bags are made from recycled PET bottles and come in a great range of colours. Don’t be fooled by the name, like all good zero-waste solutions, they’re not just for sandwiches, but can hold a range of fruit, veggies and other food items. The easy clean lining is made from food-safe PEVA, simply wipe it clean or hand wash and hang it on the line to dry. Genius!

Full Circle, zip tuck bags

BPA, PVC and phthalates free, these little Ziploc bags are great for leftovers, sandwiches and snacks. They’re particularly useful for school lunches with the printed range appealing to little ones.

And if all else fails, simply cover it with crockery

Arguably the best and most simple option of all. Forget bags, covers or containers, leave leftovers on the plate or in the bowl and cover with another plate or bowl and pop it straight in the fridge.

 

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