How can I reuse or recycle waxed paper sliced bread wrapping?

This one came to me in my sleep the other night – the waxed paper type wrapping you get on some loaves of sliced bread. I obsessed about it until morning so I wouldn’t forget to write it down and let me tell you, I had some weird packaging related dreams that night.

ANYWAY, waxed paper bread packaging. We’ve had bread bags and the film stuff from fancy fresh supermarket baked bread but not the waxed paper option. It’s not as common as it used to be but some brands still use it across the board.

The wrapping is not currently recyclable but carefully opened, it can be opened out into a decent size wipeable sheet. It can then be reused for it’s original purpose again and again – wrapping around homemade bread or sandwiches – but has anyone done anything more involved with it?

From a reduce point of view, you could make you own packaging-free bread or source packaging-free bread from a local baker/independent store. If you have to rely on supermarket but also have decent plastic recycling facilities in your area, you might prefer to buy bread in easy-to-recycle plastic bags – that seems to call back to our discussion the other week, about whether or not you choose to buy things with more packaging or in this case packaging which on the face of it seems worse for the environment (paper versus plastic) but is actually easier to recycle.

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10 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle waxed paper sliced bread wrapping?”

  1. Dani says:

    We don’t get that in South Africa, but how about:

    using it as shelf paper;
    covering a lampshade with it;
    wrapping a kitchen tea gift in it;
    or scrunching it up to marble wall paint with?

  2. Alice says:

    It’s pretty good for wrapping things in, like sandwiches, or like samosas which are greasy but which make really good packed lunch food.

  3. Maria says:

    They make great tapers for lighting your candles. Tear a length about 4″ wide and twist tightly, as they are waxed they will burn slow enough to light all your lovely recycled scented candles

  4. Uluska says:

    Can be used for rolling pie dough instead of wax paper.

  5. Olia says:

    Bake your own bread and use them to wrap it.

  6. Olia says:

    Also, use them to tie large trash bags.

  7. Olena says:

    give them to kids to cover table when painting or making crafts.

  8. Alex says:

    Many years ago as children we used them to wax the slides in the park. You sit on them as you go down.

  9. Galina says:

    Cut circles and place between nice dishes to prevent scratches.

  10. Janice Patient says:

    I use an independent local baker and the unwrapped loaves are given to me in waxed brown paper bags with his advertising/details printed on them. I then slice the bread (or he does it on his machine) and put it into plastic bags in the freezer so I can use one slice at a time – and put the waxed bags into the landfill bin. Something wrong here but what is the answer?

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