At the time, I made a vow to myself that I would never again use the stuff.
You know what?
This has been one of the easiest "green" promises I've ever kept! It was so easy that I don't even think about the horrible plastic stuff any more.
Why would I want to buy that?
I don't miss plastic wrap at all. These days, we store most of our leftovers in Pyrex dishes that have rubber seal lids.
We're looking at replacing our Tupperware (selling it, as it is too expensive to just toss) for glass jars with rubber seals. And we eat off ceramics anyway.
Plastic bags - an icon, but only one piece of the problem
Plastic bags have become a symbol of all that is wrong with our consumer society. You know - you shove something you bought in it, and then get home - or maybe even just to your car - then dump the bag, and never use it again.
Total useful life span of a plastic bag = 5 minutes.
Total life span of a plastic bag on our planet = Hundreds of years, possibly.
However, plastic food wrap is almost as short lived in its usefulness, and arguably less necessary to our lifestyles. I mean, at least plastic bags are useful for hauling stuff around! And you can make them into this:
But plastic wrap is not only destined to go into landfill - or worse, into our oceans - for the next few hundred years, there are serious doubts about its safety as well.
The FDA says, on the one hand, that cling wrap is safe, and poses no threat to human health, while on the other hand recommending that the wrap does NOT come into contact with food when being heated in the microwave.
Sounds to me like it's safe - sort of, kind of, maybe, NOT!
The FDA makes rulings - but who rules the FDA?
It must be remembered that the FDA, and similar bodies, are under a barrage of continued lobbying by powerful companies that want to market their products with as few restrictions as possible.
While I am not an advocate of conspiracy theories, our marketplace has a history of products not being recalled until long after the damage is done, and case after case of injury has been proven. My belief is where any doubt exists on the safety of a product, it is best to avoid that product.
Five great reasons to NOT buy plastic food wrap
Overall, "disposable" plastic wrap and similar products:
- Benefit no-one but the companies that sell them,
- Are a costly way to keep food safe,
- May not be particularly effective at keeping food sealed if not used correctly (and how many people actually READ the instructions on a pack of cling wrap?)
- May be hazardous to human health,
- Present a serious pollution and disposal problem for our planet.
Our world has a big problem with plastics.
While I don't think we are anything close to eliminating the use of non-essential plastics in the immediate future, I think we, as citzens, need to stop buying products that hurt our planet, are a waste of resources, and may be harmful to us.
This blog post was inspired by Eco Yogini's thoughtful post, A plastic documentary must-see!.
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