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Making the Switch: How to Ditch Cling Film

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Cling film: great for leftovers, terrible for the environment. Is there a better alternative?

The problem: In the UK, we use 1.2 billion metres of cling film every year. That’s enough to wrap around the planet 30 times.

Unfortunately, cling film is hard to recycle because it clogs up recycling machinery used, and to do so effectively is actually more expensive than creating it from virgin materials. The best case scenario, is that it ends up in landfill, where it leaches harmful chemicals whilst taking hundreds of years to decompose. The worst case is that ends up in the oceans, where it’s acts as a net for harmful bacteria that ocean life then consume.

The solution: switch to a reusable alternative such as:

  • Silicone stretch lids. These reusable stretchy lids fit snugly over a range of container sides, keeping your food fresh. They also look cleaner than cling film, and are strong enough to be able to stack things on top of.
  • Beeswax wraps. Handmade from locally sourced British beeswax, these brilliant self sealing wraps keep your food fresh for longer. They are reusable for up to a year, and they’re compostable and biodegradable at the end of their life.

So, haven’t we had enough of losing the end of the cling film roll?