If you are looking for an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic cling wrap then you are on the right page.
We are always trying to find new ways how to reduce our footprint on the environment. This is
just one of many things you can start doing too!
Plastic cling wraps are so easy to use, aren’t they? You can wrap your sandwiches in it, your lunch, fruit or vegetable leftovers for the fridge, or just cover a bowl to keep the food fresh. Endless rolls of plastic!!
An amazing alternative is a reusable food wrap – beeswax food wrap! When I saw it for the first time on a market, I had to buy one and try it out! And then I fell in love with them!
Beeswax food wraps
They keep food fresh without leaving an environmental footprint. You can either buy them or you can make your own which is easy and fun activity and also it’s cheaper, of course!
If you want to get rid of all plastic covers in your kitchen, including plastic bags for sandwiches etc, you will need quite a few of wraps stored. But a good thing is that you can reuse them again and again.
Beeswax is 100% natural, non-toxic and has natural antibacterial properties. I am using it for making my own soaps as well and want to try some other skin products too.
It keeps your food fresh on the bench, in the fridge or you can even use it for storing food in your freezer.
And there is another great benefit for you if you are into traveling, hiking, spending time outdoors – it doesn’t take as much space in your backpack as plastic containers either! And once you eat your snack, you just fold it into one small piece!
How to make beeswax wraps
Making beeswax wraps is fun, you can include your kids as well to help you out with some parts and explain them all about the benefits of it in the same time.
There is couple of different ways how you can make them too. I have tried making them in the oven which was super easy but the main con on that is that you are limited with the size to a size of your baking tray. If that size is enough for you than you might want to try that way – I am sure you find a tutorial on YouTube.
I prefer a way when you use baking paper and iron. Here is your tutorial:
- What you need
- 100% cotton fabric sheets (We have used old sheets)
- Beeswax (buy from your local beekeeper or you can find some online stores as well)
- Parchment paper
- Optional – Jojoba oil, almond oil or coconut oil – it gives your wraps a bit more flexibility, but is not necessary! If used than make it 90% beeswax and 10% oil
- Optional – Pine tree resin which gives your wrap a sticky factor. I haven’t used it as I didn’t have it at home and works still great!
- Follow these steps
- Cut your fabric into desired shapes (our kids cut them – they are not perfect shapes, but who cares, right? 😉
- Place your fabric on top of baking paper which has to be bigger all around
- Melt your beeswax in a double boiler (don’t do it directly on the stove as when the beeswax reaches too high temperatures it smokes and can discolor). Add your oil and pine tree resin if you want to use it
- Spill melted wax mixture over the fabric
- Cover with second layer of baking paper
- Use heated iron to spread your wax evenly all over the sheet. Your cotton sheet will absorb as much as it can and the rest will be pushed to side with the iron.
- Take off the top part of your baking paper
- Take off your waxed sheet and hang it to dry.
- All wax leftovers can be easily peeled off the baking paper, heated up again and reused.
How to use beeswax wraps
Wash in cool water with a little of soap. Don’t use hot water as that will melt the wax and you wash it out. If that happens, you can re-make the same sheet again and add more wax.
Because we are not using hot water to wash it, I don’t recommend to use with raw meet.
Each wrap will last several months or more depending on how much you use it. Once it starts losing its wax, just make the same sheet again with adding more wax.
Do not put your wraps in the washing machine!
Use colorfast fabric otherwise the color may bleed in the reaction with hot wax.
You can use beeswax only. Without the oil it only will be a little harder to fold. Oils give it its flexibility. Oils also have a shelf life though, so be aware of that if you are using them!
Did you know that plastic leaches toxins into your food? Especially when heated up! Into the food you are eating afterwards! BPA is a chemical which is a part of most plastic products. And many studies have proven that it can cause health issues after consuming food which comes in contact with it.
And if it’s for single use only it’s a waste! Did you know that in the last ten years we produced
more plastic than in the last 50 before that? Yes, plastic is becoming a big problem on this planet. But there are some great ways how we can reduce our use of it.
Using beeswax food wraps is just one little thing you can do. I will be sharing more ways how you can start living greener and healthier life with reducing your environmental footprint!
If you don’t want to make your own wraps but are still interested in getting some, here is a deal for all those from New Zealand – use code WANDER25 for 25% off on anything from KIWI WRAPS!
If you have any questions about making beeswax food wraps, please just comment below and I will come back to you as soon as I can!
Have fun with that!