So, Beeswax Wraps – worth the Buzz?
I certainly think so as an alternative to cling flim or zip-lock bags!
I do love anything that’s eco-friendly – especially when it works with my other passion of picnicking!
I was a little sceptical about using beeswax wraps at first. However, I was also concerned about my plastic usage, either through cling-film or ziplock bags. Reusable containers for storage are all well and good, but they’re not always the most practical space-wise.
So what do I love about them?
Are Beeswax Wraps worth the Buzz? The Good Points!
Beeswax Wraps are made from environmentally friendly materials – no nasties!
A mixture of beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin are layered onto sheets of organic cotton to create the wraps – it’s as simple as that.
The wraps are super easy to use. The warmth from your hands makes the wax mixture pliable, so you can press it around the rim of a glass container or bowl, or fold it around a sandwich or piece of fruit.
They’re also reusable. Just wash the wrap with a gentle soap (use cool to lukewarm water – hot water can melt it) then leave it to air-dry. It’s then ready to use again!I’ve been using mine constantly for six months or so. Their recommended life is a year, but you can purchase bars of the natural ingredients to reapply to your wraps, and make them like new again!
Otherwise you can cut it into strips to compost it, twist up strips and keep to use as fire-starters! Handy for taking camping with you…
What can’t you use them for?
They’re not entirely watertight – so I’d only advise using to cover containers with liquid if you’re storing it upright in the fridge.
Beeswax wraps also not ideal for wrapping things like raw meat (things you wouldn’t want to touch other surfaces). And they’re not suitable for freezing of course! For this I’d recommend reusable Ziplock bags.
One argument I saw in reviews (when I was debating buying my wraps) pointed out that you’ll have to carry the wraps around with you to take them home to wash, once you’ve unwrapped your food.
However, we’re in the habit of taking plastics, cans etc from our trash home with us to sort and recycle anyway – so this really wasn’t a concern.
All in all I’d say the positives far outweigh the negatives. Plus, they come in a whole range of lovely designs, and different sizes so you can buy to suit your needs.You can even buy BeesWax rolls to cut to size!
What do you think of Beeswax Wraps? Have you tried them? Comment below!