Is Glad Wrap BPA Free?

Is Glad Wrap BPA Free?

One of the questions we get asked a lot is whether Glad Wrap is BPA Free or not.  This morning, the lovely Julie Goodwin told me, via the telly!  I had long suspected that Glad Wrap and most (if not all) cling films were BPA Free. Bisphenol-A is traditionally used in hard plastics, so it came as no surprise to find out the BPA Free status of cling film.

According to the Glad official website, here’s the response to the ‘does Glad Wrap contain BPA’ question.

“No. Glad food containers, wraps, storage bags and other food contact products are not made of phthalates or polycarbonate. Nor is Bisphenol A (BPA) used as a raw material in their production. For more information, read our official statement.”

Following on from this is the PVC question.

“No. We don’t use any polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics in our products. Our products are made from polyethylene and don’t contain any plasticizers.”

Glad Wrap is made from the same stuff that soft drink bottles are made from, so I will give you the same advice about using Glad Wrap as I do about all plastics. This information is courtesy of a conversation I had with the author of Healthy Home Healthy Family, Nicole Bijlsma, and creator of the natural cleaning products range, Abode.

  1. BPA is not the only known endocrine disrupting hormone found in plastics. Experts also suspect there are things we’re still to learn.
  2. Plastics break down quicker in extremes of temperature, so avoid using it touching food in the freezer or the microwave (you should avoid using the microwave at all, but that’s a blog post for another day).

Do I use Glad Wrap in my own home? You know what, I do, but not a lot these days. I don’t wrap food for the freezer in it anymore like I used to. Everything goes in glass food containers like the Lock and Lock or the Glasslock that we have. If I must wrap up food, then I’ll do a layer of the If You Care Parchment Paper and then some Glad Wrap around it.

Alternatives? I have tried the biodegradable cling film from BioBag, and I’m really sorry to say, but it’s not very good. It’s really hard to get off the roll, it doesn’t adhere to bowls, cutting it on the cardboard edge on the box is impossible,  and it splits really easily. I bought one roll, tested it out and then sadly, threw it away (in to the recycling). I was going to stock it, but after trying it, I’m just not comfortable doing so. It is more eco-friendly than Glad Wrap, but there are better ‘non-cling-film’ alternatives to storing & transporting food.

For the cupboard, just store your food in lunch boxes, bpa free food containers, glass jars or whatever you can get your hands on cheaply. For the freezer, go the glass food container option, making sure it’s borosilicate glass. Other than that, wrap in parchment paper before Cling Film or plastic bag.

A quick set of tips for using glass food containers in the freezer without killing them:-

  1. If you’re using Glasslock or Lock & Lock, leave them out for several minutes before opening or you’ll snap the hinges.
  2. Don’t go extremes of temperature change or they’ll crack. ie: don’t pull straight out of the freezer and run it under hot water or put it in the oven.
Joanne Musgrave

Joanne Musgrave

Joanne is the owner & founder of Shop Naturally. She is a Holistic Health Coach and studying the Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine.

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