Plastic wrap, cling wrap (American English) or cling film (British English) is a thin plastic film typically used for sealing food items in containers to keep them fresh over a longer period of time. In Australia and New Zealand, the leading brand is Glad wrap and this is commonly used as a generic term for the product. In North America, it is also known by the brand name Saran wrap or cellophane wrap.
Plastic wrap, typically sold on rolls in boxes with a cutting edge, clings to many smooth surfaces and to itself and can thus remain tight over the opening of a container without adhesive or other devices. Common plastic wrap is roughly 0.01 mm thick. Plastic wrap is somewhat stretchable, has a high tensile strength (resistance to tear) and is highly permeable.
Plastic wrap can be used as a simple and cheap method to insulate windows in winter, protect trees from frost damage, and some backpackers and mountaineers use it to keep their feet warm when outdoors in cold environments.
There are many varieties of plastic wrap, some of which are thicker, cling better and have better moisture-vapor retention than others.
Most household plastic wrap is made from either PE (polyethylene), LDPE (low density polyethylene), PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) or PVDC (Polyvinylidene chloride). In general, PVDC is stronger and less permeable than polyethylene, which is less permeable than PVC. For added flexibility, PVC and PVDC require the addition of plasticizers. These can be a potential health risk when they are absorbed into food, which can happen through direct extended contact, particularly with hot and fatty foods, fish, cheese and meat. Although they have never been shown to cause harm in humans, plasticizers have been proved to cause cancer when fed in large amounts to lab animals. PVC wrap can consist of as much as one-third plasticizers, PVDC wrap consists of about 10% plasticizers, and PE/LDPE wrap usually contains no plasticizers.
Use as a pervertible
Normal household plastic wrap can be used to wrap around body parts, up to complete mummification from feet to neck, or for bondage (e.g. wrapping the legs or arms together, or to an item of furniture). When used in the torso/neck/head area, great care is required to ensure that the wrapped person's breathing is not interrupted.
Plastic wrap is highly insulating, which is why the wrapped body part will feel it as warm, and will also sweat under the wrap in short time. Care must be taken to ensure the wrapped person does not overheat.
Plastic wrap can be simply cut away and disposed after use. While on, openings can be cut into the wrap as desired, e.g. for tickling, torture, fire and ice play, sexual release etc.
Using plastic wrap as a makeshift condom is not safe because it is not a safe barrier for sexually transmitted diseases or sperm. As a wrapping for sex toys, e.g. those used anally, plastic wrap can be a useful aid in the interest of hygiene as it helps keep the toy clean. Unlike most condoms it can also be used in combination with oil and oil-based lubricants. After use the wrap should not be disposed in a toilet but in a wastebin or sanitary bag.
- Brittney Knows Bondage (Home Made Spanking Videos), features spanking, paddling, breasts tightly wrapped in cellophane, breast spanking, and nipple clamps.
- It Began in the Garden (Kshara Productions), BDSM punishment video that uses cellophane as a bondage tool.
- Samantha Woodley Smack Wrap (Dallas Spanks Hard), a nude Woodley is punished while bound to a bench with clear plastic wrapped around her legs and torso. (photos)
- Spank Those Bitches, Vol. 1 (Extreme Associates), punished submissive Kenya breathes through a cardboard tube as her head is tightly wrapped in cellophane.
- Tormented in Plastic (The House of Gord), girl bound in pallet wrap used in shipping.
- Weekend at London's #5 (RealTime Bondage)
For industrial packaging in the non-food sector, similar products (in bigger rolls) are used: stretch wrap (which is highly stretchable, with e.g. 500% stretch at break), and shrink wrap (which is not stretchable but shrinks tightly over which it is covering when heat is applied).
- Gait, A. J. and E. G. Hancock. Plastics and Synthetic Rubbers. Pergamon Press, 1970.
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