Beeswax wraps are quite simply, amazing. They're easy to use and great at what they do, they can save you money in the long term and they help reduce plastic pollution.
Want to know more? Let's dive in.
What are beeswax wraps?
Beeswax wraps are a fantastic alternative to single use food wraps like cling film or tin foil.
They're essentially pieces of fabric coated in beeswax and oils to create a long lasting and sticky food wrap.
Beeswax wraps are reusable over and over and when they do start to lose their stick, they can be easily refreshed (more on that later).
Beeswax wraps allow your food to breathe and will keep a huge range of produce fresher for longer. We don’t recommend you use them with raw meat or fish due to washing them with cold water. Instead put the raw meat or fish in a bowl and use the wrap to cover it!
What are beeswax wraps made from?
The beeswax wraps we sell are made of organic GOTS certified cotton, UK beeswax, pine resin and organic jojoba oil.
Why are beeswax wraps eco-friendly?
We believe there's three main reasons why beeswax wraps are wonderfully eco-friendly. They are:
They help reduce plastic pollution. Use them instead of single use plastic food wraps e.g. cling film. They're compostable at the end of life and 100% plastic free.
When using beeswax wraps, you will drastically be reducing your plastic waste.
Organic materials. We sell the amazing beeswax wraps by the Beeswax Wrap Company. They use GOTS certified cotton and organic jojoba oil to make the wraps.
This means there are no nasty toxins or dyes. The GOTS certification ensures the cotton is both kind to the environment and to those involved in the process of making the fabric.
Reduces food waste. Food waste is a huge problem across the globe.
With more food going to waste, the demand for food is increased. This boosts production needlessly.
When production rates are higher, so is the energy consumption and carbon emissions.
So it's not just the food going to waste, but think about all the energy that goes into producing and transporting the excess food.
These beeswax wraps keep food fresher for longer which reduces food waste and therefore, the amount of food we buy and energy used.
How to use beeswax wraps:
Beeswax wraps work by using the warmth of your hands to wrap and mould the wraps around food, bowls etc.
As the wraps cool, the wax sticks and forms a seal.
- Take the beeswax wrap and lay it flat
- Place the food item in the middle of the wrap
- Use your hands to wrap the food and hold it in place, letting the warmth of your hands warm the wax
- Move your hands all the way around the wraps helping to seal it
Using them with a bowl for leftovers works just the same. Place the wrap over the bowl, wrap and mould with your hands to get it to stick!
How to refresh beeswax wraps:
If you use your wraps regularly, you may need to refresh them once a month. You'll notice they become less sticky, this is when to refresh. You may also need to refresh them if you've accidently washed them with hot water.
You can refresh beeswax wraps with an iron or in the oven.
So there you have it. The basics have been covered and you now know what beeswax wraps are and why they're eco-friendly, what they're made of, how to use them and how to refresh them.
These are the most common questions but if you still haven't learnt what you wanted to learn from this blog post, check out the other FAQs below!
How do you clean beeswax wraps?
With cold water and mild dish washing detergent. Let the wraps drip dry then store them in a drawer or cupboard.
Are beeswax wraps hygeinic?
Yes but don't use them with raw meat or fish as you can't wash them with hot water.
Can you freeze beeswax wraps?
We encourage it! The bread wrap is especially great for freezing that extra loaf of bread.
How long do beeswax wraps last?
They generally last a year but can last longer with good care! They need refreshing every few months with normal usage and can be fully reset with a wax refresher block.
Are beeswax wraps compostable?
They are fully compostable so you can add them to your compost when they're finished being wraps. You can also chop them up and use them as firelighters for the bbq!
Can you use beeswax wraps in the microwave?
No! This will ruin the beeswax wrap. Heat and beeswax wraps don't mix well.
Can you wash beeswax wraps in the dishwasher?
No! Same as above, this will ruin the beeswax wraps. Wash them with cold water.
Do you have to wash beeswax wraps after every use?
Not necassarily. We certainly don't! With most dry foods like bread or crackers we simply brush off the crumbs. But with wet foods (half an avocado or lemon etc) or cooked meat, we'd recommend washing them with cold water and a mild detergent.