• How to Break Up with Plastic Cling Wrap this Christmas

    December 11, 2017 • EAT, GUIDES, HOME

    Break Up with Cling Wrap this Christmas - Zero Waste Food Storage Ideas

    If there is an ideal time to find less-wasteful, safe alternatives to plastic cling wrap, Christmas is the time. With all the plates of food, leftovers, and transporting delicious spreads to parties and picnics, we need a hygienic way to cover and contain our food. So why not do so zero waste style? At Biome, we have all your reusable food covers, well, covered – including non plastic food wrap alternatives.

    Alternatives to Plastic Cling Wrap

    Here’s our top ideas on what to use instead of plastic wrap:

    Beeswax Non Plastic Food Wraps

    Break Up with Cling Wrap this Christmas - Zero Waste Food Storage Ideas

    A popular substitute for plastic wrap, beeswax wraps can cover most things – sandwiches, veggies, bowls and plates. The beeswax preserves moisture to keep food fresh, is naturally antibacterial, and can be easily cleaned by wiping gently in cool (not warm) soapy water.  To use you simply wrap items or press the wrap around a bowl using the warmth of your hands to mould and seal.  This eco friendly alternative to use instead of plastic wrap is also easily mended by melting beeswax onto worn areas. With proper care, most wraps can be reused for a year, and the ones we stock are completely compostable.

    Browse our beeswax wrap varieties here >

    Vegan Wax Wraps

    Break Up with Cling Wrap this Christmas - Zero Waste Food Storage Ideas

    If you’re vegan or allergic to pollen and honey, these vegan wraps make great beeswax alternatives. Made with plant-based candelilla wax and soy wax, their benefits are the same as beeswax, without the antibacterial property. However, as candelilla wax is two-times denser than beeswax, this may alter pliability and durability. But both options keep food fresh, reduce plastic waste and are zero waste.

    Buy our vegan wax wraps here >

    Reusable Silicone Wraps

    Break Up with Cling Wrap this Christmas - Zero Waste Food Storage Ideas

    A longer lasting alternative to wax wraps, these are made from food-grade silicone that can be used for years. It can stretch, wrap, stick and seal to anything, and is BPA, PVC and lead free. Although silicone is not household recyclable, Biome will happily take your old silicone wrap and give it to a commercial recycling scheme.

    Buy our silicone wraps here >

    Silicone ‘Suction’ Food Covers

    Break Up with Cling Wrap this Christmas - Zero Waste Food Storage Ideas

    A great invention, these covers create airtight seals as soon as they’re placed on a smooth-rimmed surface (like a glass cup or a ceramic bowl). This seal means preserved freshness, no spills or leaks, and retention of hot and cold temperatures. As seen below, they also comes in a variety of sizes.

    Don’t take our word for it – see how airtight these covers are with our YouTube video!

    Buy our silicone food covers here >

    Cotton Food Covers

    Break Up with Cling Wrap this Christmas - Zero Waste Food Storage Ideas

    These food covers are made from food-grade cotton canvas, with a biodegradable interior coating to keep food fresh. This means a low waste product (as the elastic may need to be binned). It can also be washed in the dishwasher or with clothes! Ethically made in India and PVC, BPA and Phthalate Free.

    Buy 4MyEarth cotton food covers here >

    Glass Containers & Lids

    Glass food and drink storage are impermeable, non porous and eliminate chemical leaching and stains. Glass is also extremely durable, so it may last longer than food covers (unless you drop it!).  All our glass containers are BPA and toxin free, can be reused endlessly making them great value for money.

    Buy our glass containers here >

    Christmas is a time for family, fun, and food and giving thanks to our planet’s resources.  Our alternatives to plastic cling wrap are less wasteful, can actually save you money, while being good for the environment and safe for you.

    One Response to How to Break Up with Plastic Cling Wrap this Christmas
    1. Janine
      December 19, 2017 at 10:04 am

      I haven’t used cling wrap for 30 years. Can’t imagine why I would ever need it now!

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