Not being much of a Suzy Home maker I have hardly ever in my life bought cling film. Rather glad now I’ve found out that PVC is added to most food wrap film  to make it more clingy. Though there are some films that do not contain it such as LDPE cling film.

PVC clingfilm contains Phthalates. These are added to make the plastic stretchy.

They have also been linked to possible birth defects and asthma and other nasty things.

And it gets better. PVC is known as the “poison plastic”. Toxic chemicals are used in its creation. One of those is vinyl chloride monomer (VCM). VCM is a gas and a known carcinogen causing cancerous tumors in the brain, lungs, liver and various tissues in humans.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is  a chlorinated plastic 2011-22.7 changmai 2 (49)

Dioxins are unintentionally, but unavoidably produced during the manufacture of materials containing chlorine, this includes halogenated plastics, i.e made from chlorine or fluorine.

Burning these plastics can release dioxins.

Dioxin is a known human carcinogen and the most potent synthetic carcinogen ever tested in laboratory animals.

This means that that clingfilm is hard to recycle as it gives off nasty and dangerous fumes.

PVC cling film is not at the moment recycled – not that it cant be but that it is not as easy to recycle as LDPE clingfilm (film with out PVC)

According to some it is almost impossible to tell PVC clingfilm and polythene cling film apart.

PVC cling film is often used in the food industry.

China produces large amounts of PVC clingfilm.

Foodplast -( they make food wrap) – say sure leaching happens but the levels are completely safe.

How to cut the cling film

Am I teaching my granmother to suck eggs?

  • Keep it in a bowl with a plate on top.
  • Use a re-usable container with sealable lid.
  • Kilner jars (glass) are good and come in all sizes.
  • Get a sandwich box.
  • Don’t ever believe that wrapping your legs in plastic will burn any more calories than the energy it takes to wrap your legs in plastic.

BLOG STATS As of 01.29.2017 onward have been counting the number people who have read each post.

4 thoughts on “Clingfilm/ Saranwrap, foodwrap and poisons

  1. I would love to expand in to a cosmetic organiser tray but have a nasty suspicion that it may be plastic….

  2. Hi, I recently started a blog for my company who is a cling film manufacturer. I have been trying to find ways to get my message out there in the information age.

    Firstly, we don’t manufacture PVC film, we make LDPE.

    Just out of interest on this article and for your readers, PVC is often more yellow or champagne in colour, smells like plastic and in most countries I have visited it is listed on the carton as PVC or polyvinylchloride.

    I think it’s important to acknowledge that safe food storage is essential to every day life and that cling film had a significant impact on food related illness, that being said, it is a common belief that PVC food wrap is not as safe as PE wrap.

    I do know that our manufacturing footprint is nowhere near that of a PVC manufacturer.

  3. I don’t think I have ever bought clingfilm….

    You asked me for a poem about plastic, so here’s a haiku:

    urban pond –
    the only duck
    is plastic.

    I wrote a longer poem about plastic a while ago but can’t find it, strangely. I’ve included other haiku about plastic on my blog in the past.

    If you use my haiku, let me know…

Leave a Reply