Think about all those sandwiches, salad bowls, cheeses and half chopped veggies you’ve wrapped up in the past…...all of that plastic still exists in our world!
Plastic wrap, like any other plastic, takes hundreds of years just to break down, getting more and more toxic with age. This makes it even deadlier to wildlife!
So if you want to ditch plastic wrap, try swapping it for beeswax wraps.
Beeswax wraps are:
Reusable: One wrap should last you between 3-6 months
Washable: Simply wash under cool water
Colorful! Choose your material to match your kitchen, favorite pattern, or friend's taste (if a gift!)
(These amounts are enough for one wrap appox. 7.8 x 11.8 inch)
Beeswax: 20g (can use carnauba wax for vegan wraps)
Coconut oil or Jojoba oil: 2g
Cotton material: a piece around 7.8 x 11.8 inch
Silicone brush (or a tool to spread the wax)
HOW TO DO IT
Preheat your oven to 320F
Cut your fabric
Grate your 20g beeswax.
Weigh out 2g of coconut oil.
Use a clean tray or baking paper
Sprinkle your wax and oil evenly over your fabric
Place in the oven for 3 min.
Once your three minutes is up, grab out your tray, flip the fabric
First use your brush to spread and oilaround, making sure to cover the corners
Place back in the oven for another minute & repeat till you are confident the wrap has been covered properly
Once it’s ready, be mindful to brush off any excess wax before taking it out of they tray
These wraps dry really quick, so all you need to do is pick up the corners and slowly wave it like so, you’ll feel it start to stiffen.
Leave it to cool hanging up on your line, and that’s it!
A few hot tips:
This recipe creates a wrap with a soft more moldable texture. If you are after a stiffer wrap, you can add in pine rosin. (Make sure it’s rosin not resin! This is available online, or at some bulk food stores!)
When you store your wraps, remember to roll them instead of folding them! (Folding them only shortens their life and leaves creases!)
If all these ingredients aren’t readily available to you and you’d prefer to purchase a pre-made one, check out our handmade beeswax wraps by clicking on the links below.
Each set has been handmade and features unique Bali batik patterns in either red or blue/green, so you can choose whichever works best with your kitchen..
Each pack has a small, medium, and large wrap.
Perfect for a range of different sized foods, including fruit, veggies, herbs, sandwiches, cheese, bagels, and more!
Alice is the Content Manager at Zero Waste Cartel. She's an environmental biologist, plant enthusiast & avid tea drinker.
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