One question that keeps coming back from my readers is if I have an eco-friendly substitute for plastic wrap for dough?
Well, I’m not much of a baker myself, so I asked some bakers friends of mine, who maintain a sustainable plastic-free kitchen, what do they use to replace the plastic wraps and foils people usually use for resting their dough.
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I ended up with 10 substitutes for plastic wrap for dough. The first 7 are plastic-free, zero-waste products you can buy online. The last 3 are sustainable, reusable solutions you might actually already have at home.
- If you try any of these solutions, or you have a different green substitute you want to share, please let me know in the comments below and I will add it to the list, thanks!
What to look for in an eco friendly substitute
- Look for reusable products
- Preferably a product that is biodegradable
- Find a product that can seal the dough well enough so it won’t develop a crust
- Find a product that is easy to use and will not take too much time or energy to implement
10 Eco-friendly substitute for a plastic wrap for dough
1. Biobag biodegradable bags
🟢 100% compostable
🟢 Ziplock bags
🟢 Made from plants, vegetable oils
These Resealable ziplok bags by BioBag look and feel just like your typical plastic sandwich bags but they’re actually made of plants, corn starch and vegetable oils.
The BioBag brand have a few different types and sizes of compostable bags but these type with the ziplock closing makes it really comfortable to use and a great substitute for plastic wrap for dough.
Some reviewers said the bags are not 100% sealed like traditional plastic bags, however, they do a good enough job as a substitute for a plastic wrap for dough.
2. Reusable Beeswax Food Storage Wrap
🟢 Made of natural ingredients: Beeswax and cotton mix
The Reusable Beeswax food storage wrap can be a great eco-friendly substitute for plastic wrapping as it has a good and solid sealing quality, and it can isolate the dough perfectly inside a ceramic (or glass) bowl.
Beeswax's wrap is made of cotton, beeswax and just a bit of Jojoba oil. It has a stretchy structure that allows it to stretch over a bowel just like plastic foil.
Beeswax is a biodegradable eco-friendly material with qualities similar to plastic as far as structure and flexibility. The biggest plus about this substitute plastic wrap is that it’s reusable. You can use it over and over. Once you’re done using it just wash it with cold water and leave it to dry until next time.
3. Orblue Silicone Stretch Lids substitute for plastic wrap for dough
🟢 6-Pack of various sizes
🟢 Silicone lids, leak proof, air-tight seal
🟢 Microwave-safe, BPA-free, dishwasher-safe
If you’re looking for the tightest plastic-free seal possible for making dough, this product is probably what you need. These silicone stretch lids by Orblue come in 6 different sizes that will fit pretty much every bowl you have in the house. They are 100% sealed, easy to clean and very durable.
With these silicone stretch lids by Orblue all you have to do is choose the right bowl for the amount of dough you have, choose the lid that will fit it, stretch it over the bowl’s margins and you’re set to go. While silicone is not the most eco-friendly material out there – it’s definitely better than plastic. These lids are extremely durable so you can reuse them for many years to come.
4. WRAPOK Sandwich Ziplock Bags
🟢 100% Compostable
🟢 Made from plant extracts
🟢 Freezer safe
🟢 Size: sandwich bags
WRAPOK Ziplock Bags are a great substitute for plastic wrap for dough if you’re making dough in small scale. The bags are made of plant extracts and are 100% compostable.
The WRAPOK brand is a known and trusted brand among green consumers. They also make compostable cutlery, doggy bags, oven bags, and coffee bags.
5. UNNI ASTM D6400 substitute for plastic wrap for dough
🟢 Made from the starches of plants
🟢 Certified in U.S. & Europ
🟢 Bags size: 2.6 Gallon
The UNNI ASTM D6400 is the most eco-friendly certified substitute for plastic wrap for dough on the list. The bags are certified both in the US and Europ as compostable.
If you want to go with the most eco-friendly substitute for plastic wrap for dough, UNNI ASTM D6400 is what you’re looking for.
6. Second Nature Bags
🟢 Certified 100% Compostable
🟢 Made of sugar cane and plant starches
🟢 Extra Thick
🟢 Bags size: 2.6 Gallon
Second natural bags are 3 gallons each, and can fit a big amount of dough. So they’re a great choice if you’re baking on a big scale and don’t want to use a lot of small bags. They’re 100% certified compostable in Europe and the US and made of materials including sugar cane, plant starches, and vegetable oils.
Most reviewers who used Second natural bags really liked it and had only positive things to say. Some people mentioned the bags have a bit of a scent to it.
7. Linovit therapy substitute for plastic wrap for dough
🟢 US BPI and Europe OK
🟢 Extra Thick
🟢 Bags size: 13 Gallon
Linovit therapy bags are made from cornstarch and contain no polyethylene. They’re 100% compostable and can make a great substitute for plastic wrap for dough. Each bag is 13 gallons in size.
Substitute for plastic wrap for dough you might have at home
8. Tea towels or old rugs
“The old fashion way”
This is how they used to do it before plastic bags were a thing and the bread was just fine so why not. Just get the rug moist before you cover the dough and maybe rest it in the fridge.
9. Shower hat
It sounds a bit weird, but some people say they just cover up the dough inside a bowl with a nylon shower hat and reuse it again and again. Works like a foil I guess, only reusable.
10. Put the dough inside the oven with a glass of boiled water
I read on several forums this method works quite well. You insert the dough (inside a bowl but uncovered) with a glass of boiled water into the not-running oven or microwave. The moist environment keeps the dough from developing a crust.
So which solution is the best? It depends on what’s more important for you.
If what’s most important is the quality of the dough and that it doesn’t get crusty – go with the silicone stretch lids but know they are the least eco friendly option.
If using the most eco friendly option is what’s on your mind, I think you should give a chance to the beeswax wrapping.
Finally, if you are somewhere in between, maybe the biodegradable biobags will suit you best.
Hopefully, one of these solutions will serve you the next time you bake. If it does please let us all know in the comments below!
Last update on 2020-04-07