How to avoid cling wrap

There was probably a time when the invention of cling wrap was out of this world and served its purpose.

But now, there's a much greater purpose... and that is reducing waste!

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When adjusting to a more sustainable and waste free life, there are things, that before would have seemed so common, that we now need to eliminate from our lives. Cling wrap, one of the most common household items, is used once and thrown away. It's probably a huge contributor to your daily waste.

Try these different ways to wrap food and get one step closer to a plastic and waste free life

Aluminium Foil:

Aluminium foil can be used in the exact same way as cling wrap, but it is recyclable! It is also very easy to reuse. For efficiency, label the foods you wrap up so you know what is what when looking in the fridge


Try using reusable containers, make each one specific for certain foods e.g. specific for half an avocado. Clear containers work well so you know which container have which foods in them.

(Soy Derived) Wax paper & Parchment paper:

You can use parchment or soy derived wax paper to wrap your sandwiches for your packed lunch instead of baggies or plastic wrap.

Two Plates:

The two plates trick is the easiest. Put food on one plate and use another plate to cover it. No waste at all.


Place fabric over food in bowls and hold it down with an elastic, you can wash the fabric and reuse it. Simple and effective.

Glass jars:

These work for smaller items and foods and maintains the transparency of cling wrap!

Don't make as much food:

Be conscious about how many people are eating and how much food to make, the less food left over the less you need to keep it in the fridge!

Try these ideas out. They are easy and will benefit your waste reducing goals. Let us know your tips in the comments too.

What you can do

Say 'NO' to wasteful packaging, plastic bags and bottled water

Reject or cut back on these bad-for-the-environment items: over-packaged products, non-recyclable packaging, plastic bags and bottled water when tap water is available.

1,923 Tonnes of CO2
savings pledged
Pledge to do this!

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