Clingfilm - What's all the fuss about and why use reusable beeswax wrap instead?
Cling film has got a bad (w)rap lately because of its earth-destroying qualities… what’s the big deal about cling film?
When cling film was first introduced to the market in the 1950s, it was revolutionary. Gone were the days of having to balance a saucer on every bit of left-over food, there was a new kid in town and you could cover your food with it to keep it fresher for longer with very little effort.
However, the most popular material used in cling film is polyvinyl chloride (otherwise known as PVC), which is nigh-on indestructible and is turning our oceans and waterways into one big polluted mess. In fact, a staggering 32 per cent of single-use plastics make their way into our oceans each year. This is the equivalent of pouring an entire rubbish van’s worth of plastic into the ocean every minute. Clingfilm starts life as tiny plastic pellets called nurdles. Millions of these are spilled during factory production every year and are washed into our water courses via storm drains. Fish and other marine life often mistake these tiny nodules for fish eggs and ingest them, with harmful consequences to their health. The toxins remain in their stomachs and then enter the food chain. Check out this link to find out more about the damage these cause https://www.nurdlehunt.org.uk/whats-the-problem.html
Whilst cling film may have had its uses 70 years ago (back when the planet was still relatively plastic free) there’s little excuse to use it today.
Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives that are equally effective at keeping food fresh and that you can get multiple uses out of - easy on the environment and on the wallet. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Bee Green Wraps - our beeswrap is entirely plastic free!
A great option to avoid using cling film - our beeswax food wrap is made from 100 per cent natural products: just beeswax, organic jojoba oil, dammar tree resin and cotton. Thick, organic cotton coupled with sustainable dammar tree resin makes our wraps different to many others out there - it is easy to keep clean and you won't experience the 'bobbling' you can find with some other bees wrap.
The fact that they come in various designs makes them fun to use, too. Try out the family starter pack if you’re not sure what sizes you’ll need... this isn't just a sales pitch, anything we can do to reduce the scourge of single use plastic has to be good for you... and for the planet.