ECO Alphabet: Week 16: Plastic Wrap

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

In 2018, about 5.3 million Americans used 10 or more rolls - that's enough to wrap Texas.

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Plastic wrap has so many great uses, but it also isn't so great for the planet.


This nearly impenetrable substance was originally a mistake in Chemistry, which them was used to seal airplanes in the military, and it is now like the duct tape of the food preserving world.


It is NOT recyclable because it can get caught in the machines.

It will either end up in a landfill where it will not degrade and leak toxic chemicals, or end up in the ocean where animals will eat or get caught in it.


To see how plastics affect the environment, check out my blog: Why should I care?


Here is how you can replace the use of plastic wrap:

  • Use reusable glass containers (Using plastic to reheat can release chemicals into your food, so use glass or ceramic)

  • Buy or make your own beeswax wrap: you can find DIY videos or instructions like this one

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