Your Stickiest Problem – Plastic wrap

Is it time to break up with plastic wrap?

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.

Today, we understand that plastic wrap is a major global contributor to the pollution crisis; it’s difficult to recycle and has the potential to be harmful to humans and ecosystems alike. Even very common plastics like polyethene can be highly toxic when broken down or ingested. 

 

Slowly but surely, the world is catching on and adapting. 

 

As plastic bags are phased out of supermarkets, plastic straws are replaced with paper, and alternatives for a range of plastic products emerge across the market, the onus turns to us to invest in the planet and our children’s future by seeking safe, sustainable alternatives to plastic. 

 

The good news; there are many more options for food storage today than there were in the ’60s when Glad Wrap first made its way onto our shelves. If you want to be a part of the solution, then there are a number of practical, cost-effective steps you can take – starting today. 

 

The first is to switch to a reusable wax wrap, the method widely used to store food before plastic wrap was made commercially available. Whenever possible, you should also store your leftovers in glass containers, and cover them with aluminium foil or a wax wrap, rather than using plastic. 

 

It’s that simple. 

 

If you want to protect the environment and safeguard your children’s future, you can do your part today to usher in the next phase of sustainable food storage. 

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