"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?
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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
@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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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
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...
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.
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 ?
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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