Up until 2006, most plastic cling wrap was plasticized (made flexible) with a chemical known as PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). However, due to this substance being connected to several health issues including breast cancer in women and low sperm count in men it was banned in the US.
Since 2006, All US manufactured plastic cling wrap is either made with PVDC (Polyvinylidene Chloride) or LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene). Deemed safe by the USDA in 2006, subsequent studies since then are starting to question these findings.
One of the most troubling endocrine disruptors is a common ingredient in plastic called bisphenol A (commonly called BPA). BPA is another potential Endocrine system disruptor that can mimic hormones found naturally in the body, thus disrupting your body’s hormonal balance. The problem is that BPA migrates from the plastic into food, water, and saliva. Heat, contact with acidic and alkaline substances speed up the process.
Another alarming fact is that US manufacturers are not required to label the chemical ingredients used in plastic manufacturing. Further, be aware that PVC is still used in plastic wraps manufactured in other countries. So be weary of that cheap 99 cent plastic wrap! Also, all plastic wrap manufacturers agree that plastic wrap should not be used with heat and/or the microwave at any time!
AN ECO-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE TO PLASTIC WRAP
Bee’s Wrap, an eco-friendly substitute for plastic wrap, made in Vermont from organic cotton muslin that’s been coated with beeswax from sustainable hives, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin, is washable, reusable and compostable.
Re-use is step one in making more environmentally friendly food storage choices.
AND beeswax and jojoba oil have antibacterial qualities that help to keep food fresh and keep the wrap functional again and again!
Here’s how it works: The heat from your hands molds the fabric into place over a bowl of leftovers, a block of cheese, half a lemon, a loaf of bread, fruits and vegetables (it’s not recommended with meats).
Simply use soap and water to clean the Bee’s Wrap, and when it finally wears out—it’ll last for an entire year!!—you can compost it. How cool is that?!
Where to buy: You can buy Bee’s Wrap, a non-plastic food storage option you can feel good about using, at this amazing company called MightyNest, Located in Illinois.
MightyNest, an online store stocking a plethora of sustainable and environmentally friendly products, is on a quest to help people create a healthier home and planet.
Simply put, they are passionate about living simply and purposefully and choosing natural solutions over synthetic goods with harmful chemicals, helping families live with less waste and, most importantly, fewer toxins.
Now that’s a mission we can get behind!
Other Tips with Plastic dangers:
- Purchase Meat from a Butcher: Don’t by that meat that has been sitting in plastic wrap for days or even weeks. Instead buy directly from the butcher and always ask for paper wrapping (which is standard in butcher shops).
- Use Plastic wrap loosely: If you must use a conventional plastic wrap, drape it loosely over food/dishes. Also, try to avoid fatty foods with plastic wrap (such as cheese) which tends to absorb the chemicals in the plastic more so than other foods.
- Never Microwave Plastic: Never put food in a microwave using plastic wrap or dishes. Always transfer food to a glass or ceramic dish before heating (this includes Tupperware as well).