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Plastic wrap, says Adria Vasil, author of Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmental Friendly Information, Products, and Services. Even though aluminum mining and refining requires lots of energy and releases greenhouse gases, aluminum foil still has an edge over plastic wrap, since it can usually be recycled, or at least washed and reused. Plastic wrap usually can’t be recycled and some of it’s still made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a plastic that has potential hazardous chemicals. Plus, you can use 100 percent recycled aluminum foil. (Reynolds and If You Care are two brands to look for.)

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