The sticky problem of plastic wrap

| April 30, 2021 | Leave a Comment

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Media Type: Article - Recent

Year of Publication: July 12

Publication City: Washington, DC

Publisher: National Geographic Society

Author(s): Sarah Gibbens

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It may save your sandwich, but plastic wrap pollutes the planet. Is there a better solution?

Plastic wrap was discovered in a lab by accident in the 1940s. Now there are more than 100 brands of the covering to choose from.

The slick, transparent film we now know as plastic wrap was originally a mistake of chemistry, a residue clinging stubbornly to the bottom of a beaker in a 1930s laboratory. The military originally used it to line boots and planes. Today, consumers around the world, and the grocery stores they shop in, have more than a hundred brands of the super water-resistant substance to choose from.

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