9 Plastic Wrap Alternatives

updated Apr 12, 2021
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We hate to hear it, but it’s the truth: Plastic wrap is bad for the environment. So for a more sustainable kitchen, we’ve been switching to reusable alternatives. Don’t know where to start when it comes to replacing your disposable plastic wrap? Then check out the ideas below.

1. Glass Jars

For smaller items, repurposed glass jars work perfectly. They have the see-through nature of plastic wrap and can be popped in the dishwasher after being used. Whether you buy mason jars or save up old jam jars, pickle jars, etc., this option is super affordable.

2. Tin Foil

You can actually rinse and reuse tin foil a couple of times, unlike finicky plastic wrap. It may not be the most sustainable option here, but it’s a good start.

3. Glass or Plastic Food Storage Containers

Food storage containers are a classic, plus the glass variety can often go from oven to table to fridge, reducing the need to wash multiple containers. To make this option even more sustainable, buy them secondhand.

4. Oilcloth

Homemade food wraps made using oilcloth are both cute and reusable. You can easily purchase it by the yard on Amazon and elsewhere.

Credit: Bee's Wrap

5. Parchment or Wax Cloth

Use parchment or wax cloth to wrap your sandwiches for your packed lunch instead of baggies or plastic wrap. We suggest Bee’s Wrap, which is naturally antibacterial and can be cleaned with just water and dish soap.

Buy: Bee’s Wrap, $18

6. Fabric Bowl Covers

Easy to make with some elastic and fabric, these bowl covers look like swim caps. You can pop them in the washer to keep them clean. 

7. Bento Boxes

You don’t have to look for long to find gorgeous bento boxes that you can keep your lunch or leftovers in when storing them in the fridge or taking them to work.

8. Two Plates

Easy peasy: Put food on one plate and invert another on top.

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9. Silicone Bowl Lids

Invest in silicone lids that fit on every bowl, like these from Food52.