What Are they
A Beeswax wrap, also known as a reusable wrap is a piece of fabric (usually cotton) coated in a beeswax mixture and dried. It can be used to preserve food, cover dishes, as well as other uses. The heat of the hands help mould it either around food or to cover a plate, bowl or other type of container that has no lid.
They are mainly used as a more sustainable alternative to cling film or foil as they are plastic free and can be washed and reused.
What Are They Made From
They are usually made from 100% cotton which is coated with a mix of beeswax oil often jojoba and/ or coconut and a pine type rosin.
There are also vegan versions that do not use beeswax.
Why Do I Need Them
The wraps are a good alternative on the fight to reduce plastic in particular to reduce single use plastic. They replace foil and cling film particularly in food preservation. The wraps therefore help to reduce food waste as well as single use plastic waste. They take up very little room, so a great space saver compared to plastic or other containers.
How Do I Use Them
The wraps are simple to use. They use the warmth of your hands to become pliable and slightly sticky enabling you to mould the fabric around a food item such as bread, fruit a block of hard cheese or a sandwich. The fabric can be stretched and stuck over an opened tin or another plate or container to keep it air tight. They can be made into a pocket or cone for dried food/snacks or fruit.
It is not advisable to use them on meat.
It can be beneficial to colour code them. For example keeping the same colour for dairy products and another colour for vegetables.
Once used they can be washed in a mild detergent at a cool temperature and hung to air dry. They dry quickly.
Best Uses – Food
Covering bread, sandwiches and snacks, fruit for protection or if part eaten. Works well with half used avocado’s and mangoes, preserving them for longer. Can be used to cover the hanging ends of bananas to reduce ripening time or over ripening. Great for partly used citrus fruits or vegetables, wrapping cheese particularly hard cheeses. A great covering to allow dough to rest and rise.
They can be stretched over differing containers to make them air tight and therefore help preserve contents. However, as cling and foil, it is not a secure lid, therefore if turned upside down the contents will fall out. Also and any very watery content if over full is likely to seep out on movement. They can be helpful to cover jugs or carafes when dining outside for freshness and prevent insect interest .
- Covering a toothbrush, soap bar or shampoo bar when travelling.
- Needing to temporarily remove jewellery, keeps them together and easier to locate in a larger bag.
- To cover a shelf in a cupboard or fridge for easy cleaning.
- Wrapping flowers for a bouquet.
- Making a funnel for food transfer, or any small item transfer.
- Support when trying to open a tight jar or bottle.
- Cushioning protection for transport of fragile items.
- Gift wrap
- Firelighter when worn out.
How Long Do They Last
Depending on usage, but approximately 6 – 9 months. A general guide is, if its looking warn or no longer sticking, then its probably had its shelf life.
How Do I Dispose Of Them
This is one of the many benefits of them they are 100% biodegradable and can be put in your compost. Alternatively, if no longer suitable for food, once washed they can be reused with another purpose such as a shelf or drawer cover, toothbrush cover for travelling and make good firelighters see alternative uses.
Where Do I Buy Them
You can usually find them in bulk stores and sustainable shops, both in store and online. Some supermarkets now stock them, and they can also be found on Amazon.
To buy beeswax / reusable wraps via Amazon click on the images or links below.beeswax reusable wraps vegan reusable wraps
Alternatively you can make them yourself! For my post on how to do just that click here.
What They Are Not Good For
- They cannot be used in the oven or microwave.
- Any surface more than hand hot they are likely to become quite sticky.
- They won’t hold liquids securely.
- Some people complain of a slight taste or smell of resin on their food.
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