Whether you call it Glad Wrap or Cling Wrap, the slick transparent film typically used to store food has been an Australian household staple for decades.
Nine out of ten Aussie households report using a plastic wrap product, and it’s easy to see why; it’s portable, water-resistant, and relatively cheap. It keeps your leftovers fresher for longer.
For all these reasons, nationally, the plastic wrap industry is worth more than $50 million.
In recent years, however, we’ve come to better understand the health risks, environmental impact, and the availability of safer alternatives. In light of this, we should be willing to take another long, hard look at our widespread use of plastic wrap.
Plastics barely existed seventy years ago – But a boom in synthetics after World War II saw chemists bring us a new world of pesticides, herbicides and plastics. But since then, we have furthered our knowledge of plastic pollutants, and as a result, the time to move on from plastic wrap might be coming sooner than we realise.