Bee Sustainable: Why You Should Use Beeswax Wrap in Your Kitchen

Bee Sustainable: Why You Should Use Beeswax Wrap in Your Kitchen

Why should you use Beeswax Wrap?

Beeswax wraps are great plastic-free alternatives to clingfilm wraps. Unlike plastics, they do not takes hundreds of years to degrade. While it is not a 'cheap' product on the face of it, it can save you money in the long term by reducing food waste as it keeps food like cheese, fruits, and vegetables fresh for longer in the refrigerator. An average beeswax wrap lasts up to one year, makes it a quality investment for your kitchen.

A woman in the process of wrapping cheese with a blue beeswax wrap. A half cured sausage is already wrapped next to it.

What is Beeswax wrap made of?

Made from organic cotton coated with beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, beeswax wrap is an alternative natural food wrap with antibacterial properties. 

It's washable, reusable and compostable and the durability of cotton means it won’t tear.

How Safe is Beeswax Wrap for Food?

Beeswax wrap is a safe and natural alternative to plastic food wraps. Unlike plastic wraps, which can release toxins when they come into contact with food, beeswax wrap is made from organic cotton and coated with beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin, all of which are food-safe materials. While it is not recommended for use with raw meat or fish, beeswax wrap is safe to use with most food items.

How do you use Beeswax wrap?

a woman wrapping herb inside a beeswax wrap on a wooden table

It can be used as the lid to cover bowls or plates of food or to wrap fruit, vegetables, bread, cheese, sandwiches and many other food products. It is however not recommended to use Beeswax wrap with raw meat or fish, and you should not use it in the oven or microwave.

To use it, simply warm the wraps with your hands, the warmth of your hands softens the beeswax and its tacky texture allows it to be moulded around  a container, to stick together to food, or fold into pouches to transport snacks.

Once you’ve finished with your food, wash your wrap with cold soapy water, let them drip dry and they are ready to use again.

a woman holding a single beeswax wrap in the sink, under running water

Benefits of Beeswax wrap

  1. Most beeswax wrap can last for up to a year and possibly longer if they are well looked after. There are home refresher bars available that can prolong their life even further.
  2. Beeswax acts like a natural barrier (similar to how the skin of a fruit protects the flesh), but it’s still breathable so food stays fresher, longer.
  3. Beeswax wraps are compostable. They will biodegrade in compost bin, or can be used as fire starter for bonfires and camping.
  4. Like honey, beeswax has been shown to have antimicrobial properties that help keep things clean which is great when dealing with food. 

If you are convinced, we have a selection of beeswax wraps, lovingly made in Canada, that can get you started on this journey.

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