The best eco-friendly cling wrap alternatives
There are plenty of reasons to avoid plastic cling wrap in the kitchen. First up, it’s not biodegradable, meaning it often ends up landfill or being incinerated where it releases toxins like dioxin into the environment. Those toxins found in cling wrap can also leach into our food and pose risks to our health, particularly when heated in the microwave.
And it’s not just the chemicals in cling wrap that have us concerned. When not disposed of correctly, cling wrap can end up in our oceans and waterways and pose big problems for aquatic life if ingested. Plastic bags and wraps are notorious for looking like jellyfish when floating in the water and are easily mistaken for a tasty snack by fish, dolphins, turtles and other wildlife.
Luckily, there are lots of reusable and eco-friendly cling wrap alternatives that work just as well (if not better!) without the toxic overload or waste.
We think beeswax wraps like these from Apiwraps are the bee’s knees! They’re made by coating cotton fabric with beeswax and a mix of oils, so they become a tacky and can be used to wrap sliced food or containers just like conventional cling wrap. After each use you simply wipe clean and they can be reused for many months. Use them for covering bowls, jars, bread, cheese, sandwiches, fruit and veg... the options are endless.
If you’re vegan, there are wax food wraps that are made with plant-based waxes instead of beeswax, like Wrappa Vegan Food Wraps.
Silicone Food Wraps
If beeswax wraps are not your thing or you want a cling wrap alternative that’s even more long-lasting, silicone food wraps are another great reusable option. These sheets of thin silicone stick around food and containers when stretched and can be used hot or cold. They can even double as reusable baking sheets in the oven! Unlike beeswax wraps, silicone food wraps like these from Seed & Sprout are semi-transparent making it easy to see what food it’s covering.
Silicone Food Covers
Silicone food covers are perfect for storing leftovers in the fridge or transporting food in bowls without annoying and wasteful cling wrap. They come in a range of sizes - just choose one that fits the bowl and stretch it over the top to create an airtight seal. An easy peasy solution to keep your food fresh and secure at home or on the go! This set of 6 silicone food covers by Ever Eco contains all different sizes to fit everything from jars to bowls of soup.
You'll find reusable food wraps and many more eco-friendly and zero waste kitchen essentials by shopping our Eco Kitchen Products section!