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Lakeland Launches First Compostable Cling Film

Lakeland Launches First Compostable Cling Film

Cling film is incredibly useful around the kitchen, especially when it comes to covering dishes of leftovers, wrapping awkwardly shaped food items or finding something to wrap sandwiches in when on the go.

Unfortunately cling film can be difficult to recycle and it has a bad reputation when it comes to the environment. Luckily, the British kitchenware store Lakeland have the answer to all of these problems, with the brand launching their very first compostable cling film.

Non-biodegradable cling film is normally made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) (Credit: Unsplash)
Non-biodegradable cling film is normally made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) (Credit: Unsplash)

The Lakeland compostable cling film is eco-friendly and it is as wonderfully clingy as normal cling film, which means it is perfect for wrapping up food and leftovers too. This cling film is a first-of-its-kind because it is made from a polyester film derived from fossil origin, meaning it can go on your home compost heap once you're done with it. It will fully biodegrade in just 12 months.

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It's perforated every 30cm for extra convenience and the packaging is fully recyclable too (Credit: Lakeland)
It's perforated every 30cm for extra convenience and the packaging is fully recyclable too (Credit: Lakeland)

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Non-biodegradable cling film can be made from a variety of plastics, however the original and most popular material is polyvinyl chloride (PVC). In other countries, cling film is known simply as plastic wrap. Cling film is a single-use plastic, meaning once it has been used it ends up in a landfill and in our oceans where it harms the environment and wildlife.

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In a landfill, non-biodegradable cling film can remain there for many years without degrading. It is also made from potentially harmful chemicals, especially as they (eventually) break down in the environment. There are concerns that it may be bad for our health.

Lakeland Compostable Cling Film costs £3.99 and is available now.

Featured Image Credit: Lakeland

Topics: Environment, Life, Wildlife, Health

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