The first step in reducing your use of plastic wrap is the hardest: once your last box is gone, don’t buy more.
When you have no plastic wrap on hand, you are forced to find alternatives, which then become new habits. Let’s face it, people survived with plastic wrap (even Dexter would’ve found another solution…).
Here are the 4 products we use in place of plastic wrap and baggies:
1- Reusable baggies
These are great for packing snacks, both wet and dry. Apple slices, raisins, trail mix… the larger square pouches could even accommodate a sandwich. Just dump out any crumbs, rinse out the pouch and hang to dry for next time. (You can also throw them in the laundry if you really want to.) I hang ours to dry at the diaper drying station!
2- Silicone bowl covers
When I got rid of plastic wrap, my husband had trouble getting his pizza dough to rise with just a towel placed over the mixing bowl. These silicone bowl covers give the tight seal he needed. I also cover bowls of salad with them, and the smallest size goes on top of an undrunken (not a word, but I’m still saying it) smoothie.
Where to buy: I can’t remember where mine came from, but they have them at Amazon.ca.
3. Abeego Food Wraps
These are the newest tool in my no-plastic-wrap arsenal. Made of beeswax these rectangular sheets wrap around foods like cheese and the edges self-stick like plastic wrap! Seriously, they work! They are totally food-safe and fully reusable. I mainly use Abeego to wrap up blocks of cheese.
Where to buy: My aunt helps make these, and she gave me ours as a Christmas gift. You can find them via my affiliate link to Well.ca.
4 – Stainless Steel Containers
I like to make my salads in my stainless steel bowl with a clip-on lid. That way, I can easily store the leftovers! Stainless steel will last forever, and never, ever impart a weird taste on your food from the previously contained meal. (Nor will it turn a light shade of red after storing tomato sauce!)
Where to buy: You can find a wide variety of stainless steel containers via my affiliate link to Well.ca.
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