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Switch to reusable lunch boxes and food wraps

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Wednesday 1 January 2020

Cling film wrapped sandwiches and snacks are a common sight at lunch time, with 1.2 billion meters of cling film thrown away across the UK every year. Cling film is a single-use plastic, it's not commonly recycled and can be easily replaced with reusable alternatives that will keep your food just as fresh.

Swap to a reusable lunch box or wax wrap

By opting to use any reusable lunch box, bag or food wrap you can avoid this single-use plastic altogether. There are many options to choose from whether you are looking for something airtight or compact for on-the-go. Beeswax wraps are fully compostable and will last about a year as they’re made from cotton coated in beeswax. 

Recyclable alternatives

Although it's always best to opt for reusable alternatives where possible, there may be occasions where you need a recyclable option. Tin foil can be used to keep your food fresh and can be scrunched and placed in your kerbside metal recycling collection after use.

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