Until 2006, most plastic wraps were made flexible with the help of a chemical called PVC. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride.
This substance was later discovered to cause severe health issues like low sperm count in men and breast cancer in women and was soon after banned in the USA. After 2006, all the plastic cling wraps that are produced in the US are made with Polyvinylidene Chloride (PVDC) or with low density polyethylene (LDPE). The USDA deemed these products safe, but a number of studies started to question those findings.
BPA or bisphenol A is one of the most troubling ingredients in plastic. It can mimic hormones that can be found in the human body, disrupting its balance. BPA can migrate from the plastic cling wraps straight into the water, saliva and food, and heat, alkaline and acidic substances just speed the process up.
What is also alarming, is the fact that the manufacturers in the US, are not obligated to put the chemical ingredients that were used in the manufacturing process on the label. Even more alarming is that other countries in the world continue to use PVC in the manufacturing process. Please be careful with these plastic cling wraps.
We suggest that you try some alternatives:
- Bee’s Wrap. It is made from bee’s wax, organic cotton muslin and tree resin. This bag will keep your food sealed and the ingredients that were used in the process of making, will keep your food bacteria-free, because they contain a number of antibacterial properties. Just keep in mind that you should not expose this bag to heat. This bag is very easy to use, and the warmth of your fingers will be enough to create a seal.
- Do not microwave plastic. Please, never microwave your food in a plastic dish or wrap. Always use ceramic or glass dish before heating your food.
- Purchase your meat from a butcher. Buy the meat that you are going to cook from the butcher, and ask that he wraps it in paper. Paper wrappers are standard in 99% of the butcher shops.
- If you must use plastic wrap, use it loosely. If you absolutely must use it, leave it loosely over the dish or food. Also you need to avoid wrapping fatty foods in plastic wraps, because fats have tendency to absorb the chemicals more than other foods.