Cling film is a type of plastic commonly used for sealing food to maintain freshness. It is also called plastic wrap, shrink wrap, Saran wrap, cling wrap or food wrap.
Clingfilm is made of a plastic called PVC, this plastic wraps around food creating a seal. It simultaneously keeps moisture in and out. As the name suggests one of the main features of cling film is that it really clings to items, making it perfect for wrapping around bows of food you want to store in the fridge. Cling film is sold in rolls that come in boxes. Once opened the box acts as a dispenser. It usually comes with a cutter for ease of use.
If you want to use it as a cover in the oven or the microwave it is best to check the packaging first.
Cling film alternatives
The major downside of cling film is that most of them are non-recyclable this means it usually ends up in a landfill, as litter or even in the sea. Thankfully there are many eco-friendly options that are just and effective and may end up saving you money!
Tupperware – a good option, not only does it look good stacked up in your fridge but you only have one upfront cost and they last for years! is also very portable, meaning you can take more food as a packed lunch!
Beezewax cloths – another eco-friendly option, the cloths can be used to wrap around bowls and wrap up food like sandwiches. Downsides are they can’t wrap meat or fish and they have to be washed by hand as the melt in hot temperatures.
Using a plate as a cover – simple but effective, if you are in a real pinch just place a plate over what you want to cover! Simple as that!