It may keep your sandwiches from leaking, but what is this toxic clinger doing to our planet?
Cling wrap leaches nasties onto your food, takes up to a thousand years to degrade and releases toxic greenhouse gases whilst sitting in landfill! Eeeek!
It’s time to break up with this single use ‘must have’ (pffft *rolls chin back into neck*) and try out reusable options that are good for you and the planet!
Here’s 5 waaaay better reusable, plastic free and toxin free alternativesto Cling Wrap that will be with you for the long run:
Perfect for wrapping: Cut up fruit, veg, sandwiches, wraps, cheese and more!
These reusable beeswax wraps are durable, water resistant and keep your food nice and freshhhhh. They are made from all-natural ingredients, including a blend of Australian Beeswax, Tree Resin and Certified Jojoba oil. You can cover a wide variety of items, including cut up fruit, veg, sandwiches, wraps & more! My mums favourite thing to store in them is blue cheese because it masks the smell. She also claims it helps her cut Avocados stay fresher for longer.
Did we mention they come in the cutest colours and patterns?!
Perfect for wrapping: Bowls, plates, baking dishes (they can go in the over) & half cut fruit
Silicone Food Covers are the perfect waste-free & plastic-free alternative to single-use cling wrap. They are extremely versatile (can fit over square, rectangle and round containers), naturally durable, resistant to bacteria, and contain no nasty toxins. Since they are made from food grade silicone they can survive varying temperatures and environments including the fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave and even the oven (up to 200 degrees).
Perfect for: Baking, covering bowls & wrapping food
These reusable baking and wrapping sheets are made from non-toxic and 100% food grade silicone. Not only are they a great alternative to cling wrap, but they can also replace aluminium foil and baking paper. Helping you save landfill waste and money at the same time!
Made for multiple uses, they are dishwasher safe and can withstand temperatures of up to 220 degrees Celsius. But that’s not all! Once these baking sheets have seen their final days, they can be recycled through Agreena’s Return 2 Reycle Program to help further reduce waste.
Perfect for: Storing produce, snacks & leftovers, lunches & frozen meals
These leak proof silicone pouches have no nasty toxins, are naturally durable, water resistant and hypoallergenic. These are perfect to store fresh and frozen veggies, meat, sandwiches, snacks and frozen meals (soups & curries). Not only can they be used for storage but are safe to use for cooking as well. They are suitable and safe for the fridge, freezer, dishwasher and microwave and can withstand temperatures of between -40 to 230 degrees Celsius.
Did we mention they make your fridge look super organised?!
Perfect for: Storing snacks, leftovers & lunches
These durable and plastic-free bento boxes are perfect for everyday snacks and lunches. Made with FDA approved stainless steel, this container will help keep your food fresh all day long. It is free from both the chemical and synthetic components found in plastic lunch boxes and can be used in the oven (max 180 degrees).
So there you have it, five sustainable and reusable alternatives to plastic cling wrap. For more ideas on where to continue on your zero waste journey, head to our blog 'The Beginners Guide To Reducing Waste'.
Thanks for being apart of our journey and choosing options that are better for you and our planet.
The GFZ team xx
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