Welcome to day 11 of the zero waste challenge. Today is going to be another DIY day. But don’t stress. We also have something for the guys who just want to buy a beeswax wrap. Yes, today is how to make your own beeswax wraps day. But first:
The Pro’s around beeswax wraps
- They are made from natural ingredients.
- They are reusable
- They are 100% compostable
- They keep your food fresh while allowing it to breathe
- They don’t leach harmful chemicals into the food
The Con’s around beeswax wraps
- It is not as easy pliable as plastic
- It is not ideal for all foods. e.g., meat
- It requires maintenance
- It cost more in the beginning
However, I love the fact that when I open my fridge, everything in there is natural and no more plastic. It feels good, and I know I am heading in the right direction of my goal to be zero waste.
Sure, if you buy the beeswax wraps, they cost a bit more than their opponent the cling wrap, but you know there nothing is going to landfill. Nothing killing animals if it escapes the waste system, and that to me is worth the extra couple of bucks.
And we are talking $20 here, not the end of the world. Additionally, you can reuse them over and over until it pays off.
Ok, so let’s dive into it:
This is a fun little something to do with the whole family or your friends on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
What you need:
A thin cotton material like quilters cotton (organic would be preferred since this will be touching food).
- organic beeswax pellets
- powdered pine resin also optional
- new paintbrush
- pinking shears (optional but helpful)
- baking sheet/or iron and parchment paper
Organic cotton sheet, since they are going to touch your food. You can use regular cotton, but I prefer organic.
First, you cut some pieces of the cotton into squares or rectangles I use pinking shears because it stops the sheets from unraveling at the end, but normal shears work too.
Then you sprinkle some of the beeswax pellets on top. Enough to cover the whole sheet 1/2 a teaspoon of jojoba oil and 1 ½ teaspoon if pine resin.
Once you’re done with that you can place the baking paper on top and start melting the beeswax into the fabric using your iron on low heat.
Or, if you are doing it in the oven you want to preheat your oven to 225-degree Celcius and place your sheet on top of the baking paper in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until it is all melted.
Once you are done, use the brush to spread any excess out and hang them to dry evenly.
How to care for your beeswax wraps?
To care for your beeswax wraps, wash them only in cold water with a little soap. Hot water will melt the wax off. If it happens by accident or even after a couple of months of usage, you can reapply some more beeswax to your wraps and freshen them up.
If you don’t feel like making them your self you can purchase those once here. The most famous ones are the Abeego beeswax wraps, which are also the ones that I use.
They do take a little bit to get used to, but I love them now.
Beeswax wraps and jojoba oil have antibacterial qualities. They are made from food-grade beeswax and oils as softeners. Yes.
Yes, you can, although they are working best in the fridge since they allow the food to breathe, unlike plastic.
No, as the wax will melt off into your food.
If you take proper care of them, meaning only wash in cold soapy water, they will last over a year. You can also reapply the wax to freshen them up.
Yes, they are only made from natural ingredients and therefore, do not harm the environment. You can compost them.
Got any more questions?
Hit me up in the comment section below, and I get back to you as soon as possible.