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When I was younger I remember my Grandmother had a very impressive larder next to her kitchen. It was filled to the brim with all sorts of homemade goodies. It wasn’t like the larders you see today on Pinterest with matching jars and chalkboard labels. It was a mishmash of jars, containers, tins and anything else that she could reuse.
For covering leftovers she used to have pretty lace food covers with little beads on the end. Tell me I’m not the only one who remembers these? For things like butter and cheese, she used to have little brown ceramic dishes with lift-off lids. All of these things seemed so normal back then.
Nowadays cling film has become the norm. The problem is that it’s a single-use product and it always ends up in landfill as it cannot be recycled. It has also been linked to some health concerns, especially when heated in the microwave.
It’s no secret that plastic waste is becoming a real issue. Today I have put together…
7 reusable alternatives to cling film
These BowlOvers are designed by a company called Hunter Gatherer based in Dorset. They are made from 100% cotton and are perfect for covering leftovers in the fridge. They can be washed so you can use them again.
You can either buy a set of 6, all different sizes, you can buy them in smaller packs or individually. They have several different designs to choose from including Christmas ones.
I’ve put these on my reusable wish list!
Fancy winning a set of BowlOvers for yourself?
Scroll down to the bottom of the post to enter the giveaway to win one of 4 packs of 3.
When I asked in our zero waste group what others used instead of clingfilm I found that a lot of people simply use a plate to cover leftovers. This is very cost effective as you don’t need to buy anything.
Old Plastic Containers
I know we are trying to get away from plastic but if you already have some leftover plastic containers in your home then it’s better to use them than throw them away. Personally, we have a few leftover takeaway containers that I regularly reuse, especially for freezing leftovers.
Glass jars with lids are perfect for storing leftovers in your fridge. We have a selection of Mason jars that we use. If you don’t have any then you can often find them in charity shops or at car boot sales for very little money.
Silicone Reusable Lids
Some people opt to use *reusable silicone lids for their leftovers. You can get them in a variety of different sizes to suit your kitchenware.
Reusable Food Kozy Wrap
These *reusable wraps may not be for everyone as they are made from LDPE #4 plastic, which is low-density polythene but it is widely recyclable. They are also made from BPA, PVC, phthalate, and lead-free materials.
You can use them for storing cheese, wrapping leftovers and for wrapping sandwiches in your pack lunch. To reuse you simply hand wash them and air dry.
Ask the Experts
I thought it would be nice to share some of the responses that I got when I asked what others in our Zero Waste facebook group used…
Helen: ‘I don’t use anything. I use plates and bowls in various combinations to cover food in the fridge.’
Annette: ‘My Tupperware type pots get used for this.’
Rosie: ‘I have a selection of bowls with lid – Okay some are plastic and others are glass with plastic lids but I have had all of them years and used them so much.’
Tina: ‘Takeaway boxes that my friends save for me instead of throwing away.’
Chrystaline: ‘I use jars or other glass containers.’
Katherine: ‘Save jam jars with their lids and use these for many things – especially the Bonne Maman style jars which have the wide neck, otherwise I use small lidded pyrex dishes.’
Sharon: ‘I use a small plate to cover the bowl of leftover food we keep in the fridge.’
Christina: ‘I’ve made my own bees wraps and realised I use specific patterns for specific items, not initially what I had planned but it does really help!’
Kate: ‘I have a bag of finely lace dollies with old glass beads all around. They were my Mums and hers before. Goodness knows how old they are. We also use beeswax wraps. I wrote a blog about them with a tutorial’ – The Beeswax Wrap Revolution
Win A Set of 3 BowlOvers
I have not 1 but 4 packs of 3 BowlOvers to giveaway today. Set includes 1 Delicious Leftovers, 1 Save Some For Me and a 1 paw print reusable cover.
I’d love to know what you currently use to wrap your leftovers?
About Gina Caro
Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life. Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog.