The Problem with Cling Film

By now you should already know all about the perils of plastic pollution, and how single-use plastic is wreaking havoc on our environment. (If you haven’t, you’ve really been living under a rock. But, just in case you have, you can read about it here, here and here.) So we thought we would start by talking about how to reduce plastic use here on NN, and we’re going to begin with…. CLING FILM.

Cling film is that ubiquitous, transparent, sticky film, typically made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), that you pull out from a roll to wrap around your food.

There has been some talk recently about how cancer-causing chemicals can leach from plastics into foods, especially when scratched or heated, however it seems the evidence is just not there. BUT, the fact is that this plastic stuff can’t be recycled, and hence it really is just a waste of our planet’s precious resources. Furthermore, cling film is made from nurdles, which are little plastic beads. Every year, billions of nurdles are spilt into the ocean due to mismanagement and they are slowly polluting our ocean. So for these two reasons, it would be good to try to reduce our reliance on cling film.

Over the next few days, we will give you some alternatives to using cling film at home. We hope you’ll follow along. 🙂

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