Even though plastic food wrap is technically recyclable, you're supposed to clean it AND let it dry before putting it in the recycle bin. To me, this seems like a lot of work and wasted time for something that's disposable and you'll have to buy again next month when you run out.
Also, each new box of cling wrap uses up more resources for production and transportation and there's no guarantee that the used up pieces will actually make it to the recycling facility being that the thin, clingy plastic is hard to clean and dry. The trash sorters will send any dirty or damp wrap to a landfill and the piece could also contaminate the rest of the recycling that it was found in, creating even more waste that gets dumped.
So, what if there was an alternative to plastic food wrap that you only had to buy once a year (at most), didn't have the potential to leak harmful chemicals into your food, was completely biodegradable at the end of it's use AND looked insanely classy? Enter, beeswax wrap. It works basically the same as cling wrap and meets all of these specifications. These are my favorites, made completely out of naturally-safe materials and re-usable for about a year:
Wrap food exactly how you would with plastic wrap (avoid directly touching raw meat or pineapple), and then simply hand wash with mild soap when you're done with them. After about a year, if the wraps are no longer usable, just toss them in the compost bin or your own compost pile to biodegrade.
Also, thank god for no more awkward battles with cling wrap dispensers and accidentally cutting myself on the serrated edges?
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