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Why Isn't Cling Wrap as Good as It Used to Be?

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"Back in my day, cling wrap was so much better!" Have you ever wondered why cling wrap doesn't seem to work as well as you remember it to? Hosted by: Michael Aranda Head to https://scishowfinds.com/ for hand selected artifacts of the universe! ---------- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters: Jerry Perez, Lazarus G, Sam Lutfi, Kevin Knupp, Nicholas Smith, D.A. Noe, alexander wadsworth, سلطان الخليفي, Piya Shedden, KatieMarie Magnone, Scott Satovsky Jr, Charles Southerland, Bader AlGhamdi, James Harshaw, Patrick D. Ashmore, Candy, Tim Curwick, charles george, Saul, Mark Terrio-Cameron, Viraansh Bhanushali. Kevin Bealer, Philippe von Bergen, Chris Peters, Justin Lentz ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow ---------- Sources: https://hbr.org/2015/04/sc-johnsons-ceo-on-doing-the-right-thing-even-when-it-hurts-business https://www.britannica.com/science/polymerization https://www.britannica.com/science/polyvinylidene-chloride https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1541-4337.12028 Images: https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/cling-film-rolling-on-a-red-background-gm182178381-10482011 https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/vegetable-salad-with-plastic-film-gm175247175-22674529
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Deceneu (25 minutes ago)
If you really buy that BS about them doing it for the environment than sry to say you are naive. No they did it because the new chlorine free formula is just plain cheaper. And if they have both formulas patented, then guess what you will have no choice and have to buy the new crappy one. PS : not saying that the new formula is not more environment friendly just saying that the manufacturer dosen`t care about stuff like that. Just like most consumers wouldn`t either, lets be honest we all would love for our food to stay fresh longer and if a whale or two just choke on the food wrap, well that`s their problem
John Kek (8 hours ago)
If you are going to talk about a polymer's physical shape, or how that shape affects its properties, please include an illustration. Chemically minded people want to know!
HazyHerbivore (9 hours ago)
@SciShow is there somewhere I can compare the effective permeabilities of different wrapping products such as polyethylene, beeswax, sap etc.? I tried looking briefly but found no journal articles comparing this exact thing.
j pun (10 hours ago)
What study said it hurts the environment? I want the old stuff back.
ben nu (11 hours ago)
I think we can all definitely make doo.
Tiger Lilly (12 hours ago)
We use heavy duty aluminum foil
jmackmcneill (15 hours ago)
So, cling film is now rubbish because idiots burn their waste... good to know why we can't have nice things
Kaela Olsen (16 hours ago)
WILL YOU PLEASE DO A VIDEO ON GLIOMAS??? Or at least give me a yes or no????
jimbo111589 (18 hours ago)
Modern day media: "MiLlEnIaLs ArE KilLiNg ThE cLiNg wRap IndUsTrY."
Moodymongul (18 hours ago)
"pvdc ..they could release toxic chemicals" - well, do they or not? :) new 'cling film' (UK name) - The new cling film (for me) seems to work best when wrapping warm (or hot) surfaces. On cool/cold surfaces it doesn't seem to cling well at all.
Paul Vanukoff (20 hours ago)
Elastic bowl covers work significantly better than cling wrap ever has. Reusable, doesn't stick to itself, wraps around odd bowl shapes, doesn't tear, etc.
caliman99 (21 hours ago)
This is a science channel, yes? Regarding the hackneyed and misleading scare phrase "toxic chemicals": everything in the universe, without exception, is toxic at the right dosage; everything is also a chemical. It's called the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements. Please don't feed into scare-word fads.
Tarun Aggarwal (23 hours ago)
Because Eminem came back stronger
Galaxis (1 day ago)
Yeah, get the edge of the bowl or whatever you're wrapping wet and it will cling better. If they could make it thinner, it would cling better. But, then it would also be more permeable. I never even thought of that aspect of the stuff.
billy bobb (1 day ago)
So why not stop making it all together? We dont actually need a huge percentage of whats for sale in stores..its all fluff designed to keep the population mesmerized.
monkeyboy4746 (1 day ago)
They are ruining science by trying to make it "cool" for the non-geek, so you got a guy with ear piercings and a goatee. A person in a white lab coat will do just fine, stop going overboard to appeal to hipsters.
sofia hennigan (1 day ago)
They might switch out the guy soon. They always change the people up, which it sort of annoying cause there is one guy that I really liked on this channel but it’s fine.
My Slice of Life (1 day ago)
Was watching the shadow on his forehead. Scared me when the jump cut removed the shadow lol
Cy (1 day ago)
Yeah. Cling wrap doesn't stick to anything but itself. The useless trash of all food packaging.
Theron Gilliland (1 day ago)
I thought I was going crazy! It did become less sticky! Phew!
lafkdjay (1 day ago)
Did the host get that birthmark on his hair removed?
Travis Collier (1 day ago)
Parafilm still kick's the butt of 'cling wrap' ;)
excsesspool (1 day ago)
Screw the O-zone! I want my cling!!
Kaela Olsen (1 day ago)
WILL YOU PLEASE DO A VIDEO ON GLIOMAS????!?!? Or at least give me a yes or no????
ROGER2095 (1 day ago)
Back to tinfoil. . . .
Fox D (1 day ago)
Sometimes a chemical is really useful and everyone loves it...until we find out what it's been doing to us. Consider DDT. Sri Lanka, which used it for mosquito control, had 17 cases of malaria reported in 1963. By 1970, after DDT was banned, malaria cases were back up to a million. Sri Lanka has, however, eradicated malaria, one of the world's great public health triumphs (and a great potential SciShow episode!): http://www.searo.who.int/srilanka/areas/malaria/sri-lanka-defeats-malaria/en/
Nic Stroud (1 day ago)
Government conspiracy to stop drug smugglers preventing dogs from smelling their stash.
Daniel Scott (1 day ago)
I wrap things with more layers now than I use to, now I am wondering if it really is better for the environment factoring in how much you have to use now for the same effect, every-time you use it...
Frances Lambert (1 day ago)
I got so aggravated with the new cling wrap I started using butcher wrap instead. I wrap the food with butcher paper then put that into plastic bags with zip locks.
Gideon Jones (1 day ago)
I don't know what you all are talking about, it sticks perfectly fine. I mean, so long as you just stick it to itself when you get bored. wait, this stuff is supposed to have a practical application?
Nettles' Cats (1 day ago)
The kind from Costco is super sticky:)
TheFourthWinchester (1 day ago)
First world whining 🙄
Jason Wood (1 day ago)
Now I use more. Prolly just a lucky coincidence that the environmentally-friendly multinational conglomerate didn't even anticipate.
Tom Burlinson (2 days ago)
Just use tin foil. At least that's recyclable...
Wintery Saucer (2 days ago)
Its plastic which doesn’t work well so just get rid of it boom! Problem solved
Burnt Toast (2 days ago)
Another thing Americans have to call slightly different just because they think they are so cleaver.
Would multiple layers fix the shortcomings?
Riccardo Cacchioli (2 days ago)
why the clink film used in professional kitchen is much better then normal supermarket clink film?
OkayGift MC (2 days ago)
I’ll deal with it then!
CromemcoZ2 (2 days ago)
Thanks didn't know what had happened. However, we didn't "make do". We "do without" cling wrap entirely now. The new stuff just isn't worth bothering with.
agun17 (2 days ago)
Wait until my girlfriend starts her own cling film company.
Artemis690 (2 days ago)
The new stuff works pretty well on ceramic and metal dishes but is terrible trying to use on plastic dishes and tupperware.
Ali Syed (2 days ago)
Did Apple sponsor you guys for that watch?
Ashly Nicole (2 days ago)
Him and Hank are my favorite hosts 😊
Urameshii (2 days ago)
I'm curious to know what those numbers would be for aluminum foil and how they compare.
Ken Mandu (2 days ago)
This guy is a good speaker.
voltare2amstereo (2 days ago)
the name of products gets genericised. here in aus, Glad Wrap is the local version
C. A. G. (2 days ago)
I find that nothing works better than my customary go-to: humpback whale foreskins; very stretchy and you can use them over and over again (for lots of things!).
Maracachucho (2 days ago)
I thought the thumbnail was an elaborate pun about people clinging to the past out of nostalgia.
Obnyr (2 days ago)
I have a better idea. How about finding ways to reduce pollutants without screwing up everything else?
Smogan (2 days ago)
Who would have that that burning anything can emit toxic chemicals.
Maadhawk (2 days ago)
I'd rather keep the old cling wrap, and find a better way to handle our trash than simply burning it.
Cedar Everly (2 days ago)
I heard that putting butter around the edge of the bowl or whatever works real good for that👍
Snizzle Toast (2 days ago)
These are questions
brasil221 (2 days ago)
Wow, I was fully expecting it to not actually have changed. Thanks, SciShow! <3
r0bw00d (2 days ago)
They want to improve cling wrap? Then they can make it to where it doesn't stick to itself.
aBerlin1945 (2 days ago)
Cling wrap is trash now. Why even bother?
Brent Jung (2 days ago)
All I have to say is 'Press'n Seal', far superior to modern day cling wrap
Fat Bastard Pipes (2 days ago)
PVDC is the least of our concerns compared to how much toxic crap companies produce and dump into the environment.
Kay Gee (2 days ago)
An ethical business. So refreshing.
Icy Dice (2 days ago)
huh I thought everyone used press-and-seal, I didn't realize seran wrap was so popular.
x99 (2 days ago)
Growing up with the shitty cling wrap my whole life, I never understood my parent's obsession with using it and their continuous frustration with it not working right. I've always just used tinfoil lol
agentfletcher (2 days ago)
I disagree, I would rather have the old kind that worked with more pollution then the current state of cling wrap.
Humboldt Oregonian (2 days ago)
Patrik Bergenholt (2 days ago)
How much less is less?
I HATE EXISTENCE (2 days ago)
i was a small child in 2004, so luckily ive always lived in a world where cling wrap was terrible
Quinch (2 days ago)
Does that increased oxygen tranfer number make it harder to suffocate people with it...asking for a friend.
Shadow Prince (2 days ago)
Kudos to the companies for being responsible. It's too bad though that the companies weren't able to just inform the public of the danger and have people make sure the stuff wasn't burned instead. :(
Jeff Brailsford (2 days ago)
I knew it!
Strix uralensiskuiken (2 days ago)
Does this apply only to the USA?
Silver theDragon (2 days ago)
I always used aluminum foil anyways
Gee Trieste (2 days ago)
2:26 Typical socialist logic and comment "If it is something that will benefit all, even at our own expense, then it is something that we should all just do."
Jason Straurss (2 days ago)
2:14 appears to be the only time this guy blinks. Very cool video BTW, keep up the interesting content, thank you
Wild Bill (2 days ago)
Wow, I noticed it mostly because it does not tangle as easily and you can usually recover it, before it was like it welded itself on contact. All this time I thought they had caved to consumer pressure to make it easier to untangle. Thanks. Very surprising they did not market this action they took or if they did they really failed...
Bigly Redly (2 days ago)
So if i need to low key certain products from mexico, use pvdc. You guys rock!!!! Keep it up.
Tim Hyatt (2 days ago)
I had been wondering what happened, cuz I noticed the change....
Birdeaor (2 days ago)
I noticed this recently and didn’t realize there was a good reason for it... guess I’ll have to go back to buying the less effective stuff until we figure out a non toxic alternative that’s better!
Samantha (2 days ago)
idk who this host is, michael i think? but he is a whole snacc
Samantha (2 days ago)
and his voice? a+
Tepper (2 days ago)
Bring back the polyvinylidene chloride!
Scriptminer (2 days ago)
This video was really interesting, thank you!
Stefan Muller (2 days ago)
u are fat
Ross B (2 days ago)
I don't know there has to be a better option I find it very annoying to have the plastic not cling and dry out my food. Certainly don't want pollutants but is this really the best we can do?
Especially the stickyness has bothered me. I assumed it was just because I bought cheap crap, but thanks for the explanation.
Arne Schwarz (2 days ago)
What about installing filters in trash burning facilities? I guess you can't get rid of all chlorine anyways, so filters would be the better solution.
Walter Clark (2 days ago)
So don't burn it . . . Since when do we burn trash?
R3Testa (2 days ago)
It no longer does any of the things you buy it for, but that's okay, because it's safer for the environment? No. That means we're throwing out that, and plastic containers, and zip-close bags. It means we're buying vacuum-seal devices and bags for them, using that, and tossing that out. If it's not doing what it is made for, it shouldn't be made.
danielwierd (2 days ago)
the power of hair color. who the fudge is this guy?
Nathan (2 days ago)
I feel like they shouldn't have been burning it in the first place....
Annaie1234 (3 days ago)
I knew I wasn't crazy! That'll show those elves who keep insisting I'm wrong about this!
Domino Picamation (3 days ago)
Cling wrap is bad for the environment anyway.
Elton Williams (3 days ago)
Just wrap your stuff in 16- 31 times as much cling wrap
Narnendil (3 days ago)
I've always wondered this!
Budo Ka (3 days ago)
Not all cling wraps are created equal, if you find a brand you like, pay attention and stick too it, because when you pick up a worse brand, you'll know!
Steel Gardner (3 days ago)
Just don't use an incinerater.
Fire Hawk (3 days ago)
Am i actually watching a video on cling wrap.
dxjxc91 (3 days ago)
My family used cling wrap when I was a kid, now when I need to wrap something, I use foil because wrap didn't stick well enough. Now I know why wrap was better in my memories.
Sinister Apple (3 days ago)
i call it glad wrap... yep
Michael Robert (3 days ago)
I ALWAYS DOUBLE TRIPLE WRAP WITH THIS STUFF. IM SURE YOU ALL DO. SO WE SUBSTITUTE LITTLE OF VERRY BAD CHEMICAL FOR LOTS OF MODERATELY BAD ONE. they should have kept with it and instead of waste money on Reasearch and dev to make a comparable wrap - put it towards programs to recycle or control the pollution it causes. On a side note ... Is it even safe to wrap the food I eat in this poison ?
Apocalyptic Destroyer (3 days ago)
Yeah, Dicks out for Michael!
앤크맇스탤 (3 days ago)
Why use cling wraps if we can use air tight containers? 😁😁
Fabrice Normandin (3 days ago)
Dude, it for sure has to do with how we need so much cling wrap to wrap up stuff nowadays, therefore making the company more money. Believing that the company did it "for the environment" is misguided, at best.

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