I’m going to tell you why beeswax food wraps are one of the easiest green switches you can make in your home. Tell me if you get this, you try. You try SO HARD to pull your weight, and lessen your carbon footprint. Despite your best efforts, it seems your trash load is still heavy, and maybe you still use some (or maybe a lot of) non-recyclable materials. I get it. I try to take baby steps. Not major steps everyday, but small changes. What can I change this month in my household to improve our planet? Wax food wraps have changed our kitchen.
Sometimes, they’re tough steps. Committing to a compost pile can be…dirty…and smelly if you don’t have it far enough from your house. And it can really draw the flies. Some green projects require a lot of trial and error to perfect. That’s definitely one of them. Maybe I’ll give that another shot…but we’ll save that for another post…
The Painless Kitchen Swap
One of the easiest upgrades for my family was switching to beeswax food wraps.
Now first of all, you must know that I despise plastic wrap. I’m clumsy, and not graceful, and before I can get it to cut across those metal teeth that more often cut ME, it’s all stuck to itself in one mega mess. So then I’m trying to ever-so-gently unpeel it from itself. It hates me. And of course there’s also the fact that it is non-recyclable, and one of the many products that has our landfills overflowing.
Why the switch?
So, how did I come upon this life changing upgrade for my family and my kitchen? It was an embarrassing moment. I had met up with a friend for lunch at a local park, and I had plastic wrap everywhere…a wrapped sandwich, wrapped celery sticks, and almonds in a plastic baggy. When we finished lunch I put all of my plastic wrap into a nearby trash can, while she folded up her beautiful, sustainable, biodegradable beeswax wraps. Ugh! Why can’t I get it together like her?! Well, she filled me in on this miracle product and I was immediately sold.
Seriously, I use these eco-friendly wax wraps for our breads, fruits, vegetables, trail mix, and everything in between. They’re definitely lunch box-friendly for sandwiches, fruit slices, and carrot sticks. They’ve replaced both our plastic wrap and most of our plastic baggies.
Any size, they’ve got you covered
They come in several sizes, to accommodate almost any food in your kitchen. For large foods, such as breads and cantaloupes, even a half a watermelon, there are large wraps. They also come in smaller sizes for foods such as snacks, half a lemon, or lunchbox portions. You simply choose the size you need for the job, place the food in the center, and fold in the sides.
As you press folds of the wrap together, the heat from your hands softens the wax enough to create a seal. As it cools, the seal is set.
It’s the beeswax, the jojoba oil, and the warmth of my hands that keep this snack sealed.
The larger wrap works on those oddly shaped platters and bowls.
This is an impossibly large cookie platter I use for Christmas, the largest wrap is perfect!
Also, it keeps the cookies fresh because of the seal it creates.
I also use them on bowls and plates to cover leftovers in the refrigerator, and on top of pitchers of juice or milk. Plastic wrap doesn’t allow produce to breath. It actually suffocates the fruit or vegetable. Because these beeswax food wraps are cloth dipped in beeswax, it naturally has a porous surface that acts as a breathable barrier for the fruit or vegetable. Just as the peel or skin of produce has pores, the wax wraps allows the fruit to breath, extending it’s shelf life.
They’re made from all natural beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. They’re 100% biodegradable, from the earth they came, and they will return. The bees wax food wraps that I absolutely love are manufactured in rural Kentucky. The beeswax itself is harvested in Iowa. Probably one of my favorite qualities of the wraps is the unique smell. The smell of the beeswax can actually be different from one purchase to the next. Depending on the season the bees wax was harvested and what plants and flowers are in bloom can change the scent of the bees wax. The scent is fresh and clean, unlike the harsh chemical smell of plastic wraps and baggies. They’re BPA free, chemical free, and dye free. Better for the environment, better for your family, and in the long run, better for your budget.
Clean up and care
I was slightly concerned at the level of clean up and maintenance the wraps would require. Seriously, they couldn’t be easier to care for. I just wash them with cool soapy water, and lay them out to dry. I use these wax wraps daily, and with proper care, they last a year.
So, no, I haven’t jumped on the my-house-runs-completely-on-solar-power bandwagon just yet. We all recognize that many of these changes we try to make to preserve our planet can be incredibly pricey. But if we all try to make even the subtlest of changes, maybe we can begin to make a difference.
I also did a DIY Beeswax food wraps project if you would like to try and make your own at home!
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