5 of the Best Alternatives to Cling-Wrap

Kira Simpson

Plastic cling wrap, it’s a staple in most kitchens, and while it may save your sandwich, it’s also an environmental nightmare.

Being thin and flimsy, cling wrap is really difficult to recycle, it often contaminates recycling, and can clog up machines. And once the plastic film ends up in landfills or incinerators, the PVC and PVDC can release a highly toxic chemical called dioxin.

Then there’s the issue of contributing to a larger plastic pollution crisis when the plastic wrap ends up in our waterways and oceans. Plus there’s the problem that plastic never biodegrades, it just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, where marine animals and fish mistake them for food.

It’s time we ditch the cling-wrap for something more sustainable and eco-friendly.

Image via Stasher

Plastic Free Alternatives Cling Wrap

Fortunately, there are so many fantastic alternatives to plastic cling (saran) wrap available, so let’s use them! Keep scrolling for my picks.

plastic free cling wrap alternatives

1. Wax Wraps

Wax wraps are arguably one the most versatile cling wrap alternatives. They come in an array of sizes and can be used to wrap sandwiches, cheese, most solid foods, also cover bowls, or folded down to create a little pocket or pouch for snacks. Beeswax is traditional wax used but there are also vegan-friendly options available.

Wax wraps are a great low waste option because they can be re-waxed or composted in your home compost at their end of life.

My picks:

I own and love this wax wrap set from Biome, I’m on year two and they’re only just starting to lose their stickiness

These Wander Lightly DIY kits are a great way to get the kids involved in your low waste efforts.

 

 

 

best silicone pouches

2. Silicone Pouches

Your plastic zip lock bag replacement – only better! Silicone pouches seal airtight so they can be used for chopped up food, leftovers, dry foods, and even storing liquids. They’re heat safe so can be used in warm water to defrost food in the microwave or hot water, and they’re dishwasher safe.

I use mine to freeze just about any fruit or veg that’s going bad – food saver tips here – I also freeze meat and store stews and curries in the fridge and freezer.

I also like to use them for buying dry food at the bulk store when I don’t want to take a giant bag of heavy jars.

My picks:

Sustomi is my go-to brand – they come a variety of sizes and they offer packs to save a little bit money. Use the code thegreenhub for 10% off your first order.

I haven’t tried them yet, but I’ve heard good things about Stasher.

 

 

Silicone Food Huggers Seed Sprout

3. Food Huggers

Exactly as the name suggests, these little guys hug your food. You pop them on the ends of fruit and veg like half lemons or avocados. The silicone cover seals in the natural juices and protects it from air exposure.

My picks:

I own this set from Seed & Sprout but they don’t appear to stock them anymore. To be honest, every brand I’ve come across are comparable quality wise. You can find them at Kmart and even Bunnings.

 

Biome glass bamboo containers

4. Containers or Jars

You can’t go past a trust old container. The most sustainable item is the one you already own and my 10+ year Systema containers from Woolies are still going strong. I also use any jar I can get my hands on, old peanut butter jars are pretty great for spring leftovers.

Though if you are trying to avoid plastic glass containers with bamboo lids are a bit pricier but good quality and long-lasting alternative.

My picks:

Biome has an impressive and affordable selection of glass storage solutions.

I also own this rectangle stow set from Seed & Sprout.

 

home compostable cling wrap

5. Compostable Cling Wrap

The most affordable of the bunch, sometimes only cling wrap will do, so why not make it compostable. It’s important to note here that you should check the label to ensure that it’s home compostable.

Biodegradable and degradable or commercially compostable mean it will only break down in certain conditions at a very high temperature. So there’s no point chucking in the backyard compost bin.

My picks:

I use this one from Woolies and Great Wrap do rolls in different sizes.

 

Kira Simpson

Kira Simpson is an environmentalist and sustainability educator. She started The Green Hub in 2015 and has since grown to become one of Australia’s largest education platforms dedicated to helping people live a more sustainable life, talking about the big environmental issues like climate change, plastic pollution, and fast fashion – showing people how they can have an impact through their own small daily actions and how to be part of the bigger environmental movement.