Long ago I abandoned the regular use of cling wrap. As well as the environmental impact, I was concerned about the leaching of harmful chemicals into our food. I prefer to store food in lidded glass bowls, or in a bowl topped with a plate. I do have a selection of BPA-free containers - originally bought for lunchbox use, which are often used. But right now, I am loving beeswax infused cloths to wrap food.
|The eggplants are also huge at the moment - I used a smaller beeswax wrap for this.|
The beeswax wraps help to cut down food waste too. They still let the food breathe but slow the rate of decomposition. Beeswax has been used for centuries to seal preserved foods, to wrap cheeses - it is one of nature's natural preservatives and has anti fungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties.
Other ways we have decided to reduce plastic wrapping is to avoid buying pre-bagged fruit and vegetables - for example bags of potatoes, apples or carrots, especially avoiding anything in cling-wrapped trays. It's just as easy to take a basket and select individual items. Buying directly from growers at farmers markets or through a box scheme can help to reduce packaging too.
I'm being very mindful of what items we are buying in and seeing if we perhaps could grow more in our own garden or substitute it for something else. Our local farmer grows the best un-bagged carrots - they're huge! I'm happy to support his amazing efforts, but we definitely need to grow more potatoes and garlic.
|Beautiful local carrots - and these are just the baby ones! The tops of carrots are totally edible too.|
Little by little we will reduce the waste going into our bins and therefore into the environment, and reduce our reliance on energy intensive production of plastics. Each step along the way is bringing so many more benefits too, such as wasting less food, buying less processed food, saving money, and eating more healthily. I think this is a really worthwhile household challenge.