Little changes you can make to create a big difference for the planet
Here at The Simple Things we’ve been trying to make one small change to our lifestyles each month - things we know we should be doing, like switching to refillable soap and cleaning products, using cloths instead of throwaway wipes. This month, inspired by our Cups of Tea feature with the co-owner of The Beeswax Wrap Company, Fran Beer, we’re hoping to try getting shot of cling film.
Let’s be honest, cling film is super-convenient. But it’s plastic, it’s not (very) reusable and there are much more attractive options. Here are a few swaps you could make to bring a little more joy and a little less wrappy plastic to your life…
Use a pretty tin instead. If you don’t already have a dedicated cake tin, you need to practise a little more self-care anyway.
Beeswax wraps (above) are ideal for odd bits of cheese. Get a pack of different sized wraps and you’ll have enough for your large wedge of brie or your knob-end of parmesan.
Wax or cloth wraps work well for sarnies, too, but a reusable sandwich box will save it from getting squished in your bag.
Half a tin of soup, beans (or anything)
Reusable can lids (like the ones they sell for pet food) work a treat and just pop in the dishwasher after use ready for next time.
Half used veg
If pre-chopped most veg can be kept from spoiling by putting it in a bowl of water in the fridge (good for carrot sticks, scrubbed potatoes etc). Otherwise, store cut veg like peppers and cucumber in the salad drawer. In all honesty, the cut side gets a little dry whether wrapped in cling film or not so you’re best not bothering and just slicing off a thin bit of the exposed edge before you next chop some off.
Get a bread bin. See our self-care note above re cake tins. It’s just wrong not to have one.
Don’t be silly. Just finish them off, for goodness’ sake!