So long cling film, these silicone lids are a game-changer

These lids keep everything fresh for longer. (Getty Images)
These lids keep everything fresh for longer. (Getty Images)

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If you’ve been trying to make sustainable swaps in your everyday life, you’ll already have noticed that some things are easier than others.

For instance, swapping an aerosol deodorant over to a more natural, roll-on equivalent is as easy as a trip to the supermarket, but when it comes to food storage things can get a little trickier.

Yes, we can decant leftovers into glass jars and tubs to store away, but that creates lots of extra mess and - let’s face it - takes time and patience that we don’t always have.

But, if you’re determined to cut down on the amount of cling film that you use, we do have a clever alternative: the Silicone Stretch Lids.

These versatile, stretchy and reusable lids fit every bowl, glassware, jar, food can and half cut piece of fruit or vegetable (even an avocado) to make sure that your food stays fresh and untouched while in storage.

Genius, right? It's no wonder the clever kitchen addition went viral on TikTok last year.

Why we love them:

What’s not to love about a reusable lid that can be stretched over anything and everything and then just popped into the dishwasher to clean?

Not only can you use the lids to safely store food, they are also microwave-proof and so can be used to heat up leftovers or meals with little effort.

You may find they're one of the best kitchen gadgets you've ever bought. (Amazon)
You may find they're one of the best kitchen gadgets you've ever bought. (Amazon)

£4.99 at Amazon

Plus, they mean that we needn’t keep buying cling film, which is better for the planet and better for our purses.

How they work:

The silicone stretch lids have tabs around the outside which can be slightly adjusted once in place to get a proper seal.

The silicone is nonporous and food doesn't stick to it, so the lids are generally easy to clean and are dishwasher safe.

What the reviews say:

From a scroll through the reviews, it’s clear that the silicone lids have become a staple in kitchens up and down the UK as many try and reduce their use of plastic.

Not only do the reviews back up just how versatile the lids are, the biggest item someone managed to cover was a watermelon, while the smallest we scrolled past included onions, apples and avocado.

They are durable, versatile and are an "essential kitchen accessory", says one top-rated review.

Buy it: Silicone Stretch Lids 12-Pack | £4.99 from Amazon

£4.99 at Amazon

Reusable silicone lids are available in numerous different colours and sizes from a variety of shops. While Amazon may be the most practical for those impatient buyers (hello next day delivery), Lakeland and Robert Dyas also both shop a selection of styles.

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