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