What to wrap in besswax wraps?
The idea for beeswax wraps was created out of need for effective food storage. We can use them wherever we would use disposable plastic packaging or food wraps (although we don’t encourage wrapping fresh tattoos with them). Harmless, natural beeswax makes them perfect for wrapping sandwiches, storing vegetables and fruits or protecting food from drying out. It is also it what allows the beeswax wraps to stick tightly to packaged products (it melts a bit under the influence of hand heat). The wax is also attributed with bactericidal and fungicidal properties, which is an additional advantage in maintaining food freshness.
However, don’t be fooled by their name – the beeswax wraps’ base is not beeswax at all. In the shop version it’s usually organic cotton, which is soaked with a wax-based mixture (usually with the addition of resin and jojoba oil).
Beeswax wraps’ user manual
This natural packaging shouldn’t be used to preserve hot dishes, because the heat-sensitive wax may melt (and will most likely do so). For the same reason, washing in hot water is inadvisable as well. The beeswax wrap can, however, if necessary, be washed with cool water (the addition of soap doen’t hurt it) or ironed between two sheets of paper, which will slightly extend its lifetime.
Of course, beeswax wraps are reusable, so they save our planet an additional load of plastic, which is usually used to store food. Despite this, the waxes also have their ‘expiration date’. Due to the use of natural ingredients for their production, they must be replaced after a few months of use. So how is it zero waste?
Ecological, DIY beeswax wraps
Beeswax wraps bought in the organic store will not be zero waste, they will be less waste (which of course is also a plus!). The good news is that the beeswax wraps can be created by yourself, quickly and upcycling unnecessary materials. It can be made, for example, from an surplus or unwanted cotton T-shirt. Just buy beeswax, optionally some essential oil, take a moment with a grater and an iron – and it’s ready! To learn how to do it step by step, we recommend you look here.
Vegan, beesless wraps
Among those interested in the idea of zero waste, there are quite a few vegans who, by limiting the collection of waste, want to interfere with the planet’s health even less (which, of course, doesn’t mean that all vegans care about ecology). However, beeswax is an animal by-product, which for some of them may be a barrier against using beeswax wraps. However, where demand is blocked by a barrier, there will always be someone who will push it to their (and consumers) benefit. Therefore, beeswax wraps can also be bought in the vegan version – made of soy wax.
Of course, nothing prevents you from doing vegan beesless food wraps as well – which we strongly encourage!