This guest blog is by Butterfly and Bloom
Find ways to use natural and eco friendly products instead of plastic to store food.
So you want to find a alternatives for plastic wrap in the kitchen? However, there are so many options to choose you don’t know where to start? Well, firstly congratulations. Just considering what product you want to swap to is an incredible place to start.
Plastic wrap is one of those products that has many options for making a more sustainable choice.There are so many ideas and products out there to help you make the swap to a healthier home – which is great! However, I think too many choices can sometimes lead to overwhelm or not really knowing where or how to start – or even worse, thinking you need to buy everything new to be truly eco.
And this is a debate that rages. Do you throw everything out that doesn’t meet your sustainable and eco ethos? When in actual fact, the materials to create that ‘old’ product, the energy used to make it, transport it would all be for nothing if you were to just dispose of it?
Is plastic really that bad?
Plastic isn’t so much of an issue when it comes into contact with food as the polymer molecules are too big to move from the container into the food; but it is the other products that may be in the plastic that is the issue. Polycarbonate can release bisphenol A (BPA) which is high on the avoid list and plasticisers (often phthalates and epoxidized soybean oil) which are also often added to plastic and can sometimes make up to 40% of the plastic material itself.
Both of these materials are believed to be endocrine disruptors that mimic the bodies natural hormones and can cause a range of issues – however scientific research is divided as to whether the amounts present in small storage containers can issues however there is certainly growing understanding that it most likely does.
Buying or using plastic / plastic containers that are BPA free is a fantastic start – however it still can be seen that frequent washing and heating can cause chemicals to leach out so this is best avoided.
So how can you get rid of plastic in the kitchen without major overwhelm?
I think first and foremost, use your current plastic containers for storage. Food storage (as long as you don’t reheat it), arts, craft materials, hair bands – all those annoying little things that gather around the house. Or donate them. I know this may sound bad but someone else will be able to use those containers if you really don’t want to, so help someone out rather than simply contributing to land fill.
However, if you are wanting some long lasting, sustainable alternatives for plastic wrap, here are our top recommendations.
Silicone Leftover Lids
These were one of the first products I purchased and I love them. I use them every day. Leftover lids are well worth the investment as they have multiple uses.
So easy to use, you pop them on top of the tin instead of plastic wrap. You can also use them to cover up food you have cut in half to seal it up and pop it in the fridge protecting it from air exposure.
Alternatively you can put the food into a container although I have found this tends to make it go brown as it oxygenates but overall, still a better choice then plastic wrap. Find Leftover lids from Little Mashies, an Australian Owned, female founded company here.
I started using some that my mother in law kindly purchased from the hospital for me. They don’t seal as well as you would expect from plastic wrap– you do have to have a little knack to mould and hold so you create a warm area for the wax to seal together but overall they worked well. I use them to wrap my cheese blocks and bowls sometimes. Since using these first ones I have found there is a difference in the type of beeswax wraps you purchase and found the Bee Buzzy Wraps and Co ones to be the best, The difference I can see with these is the use of natural gum resin – I can’t explain it, I just roll with it. Find their full range here
These food pouches are handmade foodsafe liner and easy zip. We use these for all of our snacks when we travel. They hold everything fresh for a good 12-24 hours depending on the product and can easily be washed out at the end and left to dry. I really prefer to use this compared to containers as I found them easier for the children to use independently (and anything that achieves that is a plus! Find our full range online here