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Nancy Percivall, Committee Chair for Horticulture, encouraged members to think out of the box when purchasing plastic wraps and shared better alternatives –– wax paper, parchment paper, reusable sandwich and snack bags, wax paper bags, silicone bags, and beeswax wraps.
Plastic wrap was invented in the 1940’s by a chemical company and was originally made with toxic PVC plastic. Plastic wrap is now made primarily of LDPE (low-density polyethylene) which is deemed safe by the FDA but safety concerns about plastic wrap still exist. Many film plastics are recyclable, however, cling wrap is not – the chemicals and resins added to make the cling wrap "clingy" and stretchable cannot be removed, making it too complex a plastic to recycle. Because cling wrap is not recyclable, it ends up contaminating the environment by sitting in a landfill for years.