We’ve gotten things all tangled up and the wrong way round.
Our grandparents would buy a product ONCE and use it over and over.
We use a product once, throw it away and buy it over and over.
And then wonder where all our money is going.
Cling wrap is a brilliant product if you’re in the cling wrap business. Keep ‘em coming back for more is a profitable business model.
There’s no doubt it’s very convenient for us, the consumer too.
So what can we use instead? Are the cling wrap alternatives just as convenient and hassle free?
The answer is yes!
Here are six ways to reduce your reliance on plastic in the kitchen.
6 Smart Alternatives to using Plastic Wrap
1. MAKE THE MOST OF CONTAINERS
We have a mixture of Tupperware-like containers of various brands that we use for fridge, freezer and pantry storage. They are convenient, inexpensive, almost unbreakable, and dishwasher safe.
To use what you already have on hand, clean milk containers, empty yoghurt containers and takeaway containers, old bread bags and frozen pea bags are the frugal alternative.
2. CROCKERY – THE OLD-FASHIONED SOLUTION
This is how our grandparents used to do it.
Stack bowls over plates, plates over bowls and baking trays over rectangular dishes.
This method of covering food – either on the bench or in the fridge – is easy and it works. It’s also stackable (something you can’t do with cling wrap).
3. BOWL COVERS – CUTE AND FUNCTIONAL
Containers are fine, but what if you want to store something in the actual serving bowl?
Bowl covers make great reusable alternatives to plastic wrap. They’re like shower caps for bowls!
Covers are made with a cotton/canvas top and a biodegradable interior coating. They are washable by either the dishwasher, machine or hand wash.
For wrapping food, a hemp food wrap is a great alternative to cling wrap.
4. SANDWICH BAGS FOR A WASTE-FREE LUNCH
If a child takes their lunch in a sandwich bag every day, they will throw away at least 280 sandwich bags a year. And that doesn’t include waste generated by little lunch!
My son’s sandwich goes nude to school in his lunchbox. While that certainly reduces plastic, the problem is the bread dries out pretty quickly.
The solution is a reusable lunch bag, that can be washed each night in the dishwasher.
5. BIODEGRADABLE BAGS FOR WHEN YOU JUST NEED A ZIP-LOCK BAG
I’ve tried all the alternatives, but I always come back to zip-lock bags for freezing because they freeze flat, taking up less room in our tiny freezer.
These biodegradable bags, while not a perfect solution, are at least an environmental solution than their regular ol’ plastic counterparts.
Another alternative is to use regular zip-lock bags and use them over and over by hand washing them in hot soapy water. We don’t do this if there’s been meat stored in them, but for less messy foods, we reuse these bags over and over.
6. RECYCLED GLASS JARS – THE ULTIMATE STORAGE SOLUTION
Recycled glass jars are the ultimate frugal storage container. They’re glass, so you don’t need to worry about plastic contamination, they’re free, making them the frugal choice, they’re reusable, and they are transportable.
You can even use glass jars to store food in the freezer – we store soup and stock in recycled glass jars. Just be sure to leave some space at the top of the jar because liquid expands as it freezes, so you don’t want any exploding jars!
Hi. My name is Melissa. And it’s been over 10 years since I last used plastic wrap.
Living without glad wrap is certainly achievable, and it’s a lot less inconvenient than you might think.
Have you given up glad wrap? What are your alternate solutions?
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.