Environmentalism, Favorite Friday

Favorite Friday: Beeswax Wraps

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I purchased a variety pack which contains 3 different sizes – 8″, 10″, 14″ round. When they arrived, the shop owner had included a bonus 6″ wrap for free!

If you’re like me, you’re interested in reducing the waste you send to the landfill.  I found that the majority of the waste I was producing was coming from the food products I was purchasing.  So much of our day to day lives are focused around making things more convenient hence, the packaging of ‘grab-and-go’ foods.  String cheese, energy bars, pre-made wraps, you name it, all come packaged and ready for the busy day ahead.  Most of that packaging is plastic that will take hundreds of years to decompose.  In the process of decomposing, dangerous chemicals from the plastic will be released into the surrounding environments (not to mention the food it is ‘protecting’), contaminating resources that we rely on daily.  Moreover, this waste has a chance to be consumed by innocent animals who mistake it as their food source.

For these reasons, I have invested in non-plastic, food packaging options, including these lovely Beeswax Wraps  from the Etsy shop Freewheelin’ Market located in Dayton, Ohio.   Not only are they beautiful, but they are super functional and easy to use!  This Etsy shop  specializes in many different waste reducing products including beeswax wraps, facial squares, UnPaper Towels, candles, beauty products and much more.  CHECK THEM OUT!!

Wrap Ingredients:

  • Cotton Fabric
  • Beeswax (from the shop family’s own hives!)
  • Pine Rosin
  • Organic Jojoba Oil

In terms of using them, think of the wraps as plastic wrap!  Anything you would wrap

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Perfect size for my energy bar!

with the plastic crap that only likes to stick to itself and never wants to tear in a straight line can now be wrapped with the beeswax wraps.  I like using them to wrap my homemade energy bars, avocado halves, leftovers, etc. The beeswax naturally seals to itself or the container you’re covering, so the food inside will stay fresh until you’re ready to use it again. The only item that it is not recommended for is raw meat.

Cleaning the wraps are easy, too.  When needed, you can use cool water and a little bit of dish detergent to remove any residue.

The wraps last about a year.  When they are worn out and ready to be replaced, you can throw them in your compost pile for them to decompose and return to the earth, then you can order another set or two from Freewheelin’ Market!

What I LOVE about this product:

  • Easy to use
  • Variety of sizes
  • Easy to clean
  • Reusable
  • Compostable
  • Pretty
  • Natural Ingredients
  • Plastic free

I’ve invested in some other reusable food storage products as well.  Stay tuned for more product reviews and feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, concerns or recommendations!

Cheers!

 

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