Yes. I've made a half hearted effort to replace it and I think I could if I was forced to. I have reusable sandwich wraps but not enough of that sort of thing for other purposes. I saw a tutorial on making your own reusable wrap using cloth and wax but it concerned me that you couldn't wash it properly.
When I was little, waxed or grease proof paper was the only 'wrap' available. Then, item/s placed in brown paper bag. Kept food fresh enough to lunchtime.
Those wraps still available, & still used.
Love glad wrap & alfoil; just SO many uses!
Quite easily: there was none when I was a child. Mother used to cook for the family and it was all eaten. We had no fridge, only a larder. Things went into jars. Baked goods went into tins. Butcher, baker, fruiterer, grocer etc. all came door to door and delivered goods that were in greaseproof paper inside brown paper or in kraft brown bags. I use pyrex containers with lids and recycled jars. I have a Tupperware roast container which is *eons* old that I put roasts and silverside into. I have also thought about the waxed cloths Jennifer spoke of and I am pretty sure my gran used them. Things were never kept long term in those days and I am pretty sure Mother used to put a damp cloth over things (bowls) and secure with string or a rubber band. (I suddenly feel verrrrry old.)