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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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grand unified (14 days ago)
Why bother ? Pollution is a fake conspiracy right ? No it isnt.
danilemark (17 days ago)
the one used in restaurants isn't the same tho
Harry Wylie (18 days ago)
This explains why i can't get into festivals anymore...
thel vadamee (18 days ago)
So some eco douche is responsible.........
Louis C. Gasper (19 days ago)
Another person snared by pseudo-environmentalist claptrap. The pertinent question is, how many people got sick with what for how long through incineration of PVDC, and how many get sick from what for how long because of spoiled food or because of more wasted food. You know, all these years I've heard bitching about our landfills filling up with plastics that won't deteriorate; now I find out that no, they were being burned in incinerators. Oh, only a certain percentage were being burned? Then just how small a problem was the toxic emission? Does the convenience and well-being of the consumer count for nothing? Oh, of course it doesn't. We must not have any emissions of any kind. All power to the environmentalists!
Hunter Cooke (19 days ago)
ctuan13 (20 days ago)
Pro Tip: If you want a Saran Wrap as good as the old stuff, buy a kind called Stretch Tite. Works amazing.
Reagans Ghost (21 days ago)
Yea. Definitely not worth it for me. The environment would have been just fine. God damn liberals ruin everything.
Adam Orick (21 days ago)
Shouldn't have changed. Not thier fault if governments and companies burn it
DoomRater (21 days ago)
Make due? More like switch to aluminum foil entirely. There's no point in using a cling wrap that doesn't effectively protect food!
C6 (22 days ago)
Oh no! If you burn it, it will release chlorine! Like we shower and swim in! They just wanted to use a cheaper material.
S Winegar (23 days ago)
Sealing a bowl of food with today's cling wrap is like trying to fold a fitted sheet
Catwow (23 days ago)
This dude thinks I'm stupid, I know what polymer and permeable means douche!
Rita Gavel (23 days ago)
For everybody congratulating SC Johnson, please stop. They probably silently changed it so 1. they wouldn't have to pay for any damages the old product might have caused and 2. The new stuff clings worse so you use more of it so you end up buying more of their crap product, and most likely 3. cheaper for them to manufacture. So it was a win win all around for them to change it. It's just too bad that it's still plastic so therefore still harmful to the environment, and since you're using more now theres more of it out there to pollute, and it doesn't even work so your food doesn't stay fresh... I'm sorry, what the hell is the point of it at all now? Ah yes, so SC Johnson can make a profit off nostalgia for a product that did work in the past. Seems to be the new business model.
notkyleschultz (24 days ago)
It's definitely gone down in quality but that doesn't mean it's useless. You just have to try a little harder to apply it. If you are bad at this you could try pushing it down on top of whatever your wrapping. If that isn't an option, like maybe it's a liquid, get the press & seal stuff. It's more expensive but easier to use so ppl have higher success rates with the stuff.
Steven Sackett (24 days ago)
I just stick to Aluminum foil... Never liked the shoddy plastic strip used to 'cut' the saran wrap, which ultimately made you sit there for 10 minutes peeling it apart. Aluminum Foil works perfectly fine, heck, Tupperware is even more effective.
Sylar Vandoza (24 days ago)
Glad brand wrap is garbage. It doesn’t cling to anything except itself. That’s the only thing it SHOULDNT cling to.
Jess Whallon (26 days ago)
So they changed the formula but kept the name and probably raised the price. Sounds about right.....
Peter Peter (29 days ago)
I hate cling film you end up throwing it away because it is so clingy and tears easily and gets torn around the roll. Plastic food wrap is not so stickyon the roll, thicker and does a fine job.
Clos MasMas (1 month ago)
The one at Costco is the best
jwo7777777 (1 month ago)
Nope. I cannot just "make do". Stop $^(&-ing burning plastic and give me back my PVDC!
Athanos Kerensky (1 month ago)
I thought I was crazy all this time.
tommothedog (1 month ago)
More toxic pollutants or the vegans will fart the world to death anyway.
Craig Mckinney (1 month ago)
You know, that might have made sense in the 60's when every city had a municipal incinerator. Now you would grow old and grey before you found any incinerators ... anywhere. So it is a non problem. The stupidity of the eco-nuts never ceases to amaze me.
Who Me? (1 month ago)
I used to be able to buy yellow corn on the cob from the 1960s on. But then seemingly overnight only a white corn was available, in my Southern California supermarkets. Why the switch?
Not Pulverman (1 month ago)
The new Saran wrap/shrink wrap is BETTER. It's less finicky. It only sticks to itself. This makes it more useful.
Samara V Hamilton (1 month ago)
Literally, just yesterday, threw my Cling Wrap in the trash and replaced it with Glad Press n Seal, which is not only super-sticky, but re-stickable. Neither is ideal, but gawd, I couldn't even get a grip on the Cling Wrap and ended up stabbing my fingers with the serration because of it.
Mandy B (1 month ago)
Thank you! I've not been imagining things :D At least not in this instance!
Increase (1 month ago)
If you aren't using reusable containers by now you're doing it wrong anyway.
This is why we can't have nice things and there are a lot of things like this. Rubbermaid bins used to be way stronger before BPA was removed from the recipe. Landscape timbers will twist and bend a lot more now because they no longer use cyanide in their treatment. I can keep going.
Paul Kent (1 month ago)
Thank you, I just thought I remembered incorrectly. It was way more clingy!!
kangourouuu1 (1 month ago)
Stupid question : comparison between the two of them is not very telling if we don't have numbers from "without cling wrapped food". If oxygen transmission goes from 2-16 to 8000, but without anything it's in the range of millions, I won't really be bothered by polyethylene's quality. Control group, always. :p
paul Gunther (1 month ago)
I knew it ....can't get it off the roll and out of the box ...and trying to tearing it is ridiculous.
DragonFae16 (1 month ago)
A company that actually did the right thing for once. Are we sure the sky didn't fall without us being aware of it?
Graham X (1 month ago)
Have the other brands in the industry followed suit?
Aleksandr Kamarov (1 month ago)
I'm from South America and always bought locally made cling wrap but once bought Great Value US made one because it was cheaper and I noticed how bad it was. I didn't know the reason until now.
E_Rock_314 (1 month ago)
I don't care, bring the PVDC back.
Alan Ball (1 month ago)
I think they should change the name from cling film to clingish film. ( I wonder if I can copyright that?)
copperjarhead (1 month ago)
simple solution: use aluminum foil and recycle
theendofit (1 month ago)
I also think its less likely to melt. As a kid i put it in a microwave once and it melted near instantly. My niece put it in the microwave a few weeks ago for a whole minute and it did not melt at all.
Spike Volcanohead (1 month ago)
Sticks to the roll..but not to the bowl.
Thomas (1 month ago)
wait so just use 3 x the wrap? lol
agnosticgo (1 month ago)
Do scientists ever discover/invent things on purpose, cling wrap, Teflon, pacemakers?
Accessless (1 month ago)
Cling Film.
c e (1 month ago)
Cool..i thought it was the Mandela affect
Rita Jhang (1 month ago)
omg thank you for this episode. I really thought I was imagining it...
Chase Smith (1 month ago)
Oh, Michael, it's wonderful to see you again.
starrychloe (1 month ago)
So which brand still uses PVDC?
Rob (1 month ago)
Its toxic when you burn it. So instead of just not burning it they made a socially responsible inferior product. Thanks
Melody June (1 month ago)
Am i the only person who hates this host? He's toned his look down but he's still annoying
Chris's Tech Box (1 month ago)
so obvious question now, where can I get the old stuff?
Positive Vibes (1 month ago)
David Jeys (1 month ago)
Has anyone considered not burning our trash?
Patrick Tyrus (1 month ago)
Perhaps we should not be burning the trash?
buzztheimpaler (1 month ago)
If I wrap it twice does that help the diffusion?
ablationer (1 month ago)
It's the Cheese Whiz debacle all over again.
Gazelle Samyueru (1 month ago)
Why do we keep finding these magically amazing substances that keep turning out to be unusabley dangerous...
zetsumeinaito (1 month ago)
Guess I'm the odd one and used tupper ware containers instead of plastic wrap. Cause I'm a cheap ass.
Garrett Kajmowicz (1 month ago)
Does anybody make the PVDC-based cling wrap any more?
Khasab (1 month ago)
In Britain we call it cling film. That is the correct term because we are British and therefore always right.
Corbin Jose (1 month ago)
I actually knew a bunch of the science words! I feel smart <3
Xavier Rose (1 month ago)
Australians call it Glad Wrap, which is the best brand, but we even call the other brands Glad Wrap lol
IAM (1 month ago)
made in Mexico now. they put salmonella into their food at grocery stores. It is racist not to die for the Mexican or Spanish. so you are racist. ha ha
MarcAFK (1 month ago)
I noticed the quality of kitchen film decreased rapidly when I stopped buying $5 a roll Glad brand and started using $2 supermarket brand...... Sure it's crap but it's just going in the bin anyway, who cares. And have you seen what a roll of baking paper costs these days? $50!
Sean Madden (1 month ago)
I want my Saran Wrap back
Eric Rakes (1 month ago)
I can't help thinking about cling wrap's closest competitor haha https://youtu.be/urglg3WimHA
tree man (1 month ago)
I use Glad cling wrap and its stayed pretty sticky.
Jason G. Clauß (1 month ago)
Now that I know, I'm going to stop buying cling wrap. Thanks for the heads up.
madscientistshusta (1 month ago)
I knew it !!!! Its been totally crud!
Patrick Little (1 month ago)
Of just don't burn trash....
Katie Kat (1 month ago)
When I was little I used to make puppet mouths out of the old big mac containers. I miss old packaging
Katie Kat (1 month ago)
You have to pay to make a suggestion. How nice. Maybe they should pay for my view and subscription then.
Katie Kat (1 month ago)
I want the old stuff back
Thorny Dig8 (1 month ago)
I knew it
Walter The Musician (1 month ago)
Good for them! It's good to hear of a corporation trying to do some good, even if it costs sales.
Casey Koons (1 month ago)
Could you talk about the plastic that can keep vegetables fresh? That's pretty weird and new.
NarendraAIM (1 month ago)
Saran Wrap? Like, press L2 when airborne? Reference (spoiler alert!): Downhill Domination (PS2)
Jeff Daniels (1 month ago)
Should have bought one of those huge restaurant rolls years ago. Now people missed out.
jon diamond (1 month ago)
Man, I feel old, I thought I was imagining the difference, Once again thanks for the facts!!
Jenna Akers (1 month ago)
I just got the notification... six days late..
tirsden (1 month ago)
And then there's the store brand, which doesn't stick to anything, including itself.
Generic Guy (1 month ago)
This video brought to you by the responsible sc johnson and compnay
W ES (1 month ago)
I prefer just glass storage containers for food, works way better, and keeps it fresher
Buy it from Sam's Club they have the best saran wrap. Not GFS not Walmart not anywhere else. Sam's Club sells the best stuff in the world.
bcubed72 (1 month ago)
TL;DW: Because of the EPA and ever-increasing regulations. The same old story re: "why can't we have nice things anymore?"
ezion67 (1 month ago)
Back to Alu-foil then.
Roger Gustafsson (1 month ago)
I wonder if this applies to US only or us Europeans as well? Our cling wrap doesn't cling at all anymore. I stopped using it.
Xostriyad (1 month ago)
Actually thought I was going crazy. Stopped using the plastic wraps all together and use tinfoil or Tupperware
William Webb (1 month ago)
Is there a company that still makes the good stuff?
SuperVstech (1 month ago)
That’s ok... I’ve got a secret trick up my sleeve... I never bother with baggies, glass jars, Tupperware containers, plastic cling wrap, really a no brainer. I just like to keep all my flavors sealed up tight... With aluminum foil...
Helge Moulding (1 month ago)
The production of PVDC was only partly stopped due to environmental concerns. Chief among the reasons was cost - it actually breaks down very near it's production temperature, turning it from transparent to brown, which means only a small error during production can ruin a batch. I suspect if PVDC were cheaper than its PET replacement, the stuff would still be made from PVDC.
Communist Hank (1 month ago)
cling wrap is capitalist. I never had it myself.
Kaine Bishop (1 month ago)
Damn capitalism filling every need like that.
Robert Bennett (1 month ago)
LizTiddington (1 month ago)
Anyone else worked in catering and think the stuff that kitchens can buy in huge bulk roles is massively better than what you can buy for at home? I think the commercial stuff is as good as the old version, I wonder if it's a different formula?
princeofexcess (1 month ago)
just develop better way to dispose of trash then to incinerate it. Or simply make more incentive for recycling certain types of products
luciferangelica (1 month ago)
wow, a chemical corporation did the responsible thing without threats or litigation! nice, for once
Deceneu (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
What study said it hurts the environment? I want the old stuff back.

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