You probably realized by now that I’m in love with our planet and that I keep looking for ways to protect it. Well here’s a very useful item that I discovered while I was doing research for my bachelor’s thesis.
I’m talking about beeswax wraps. They can be used to wrap up food or to cover bowls instead of using plastic wrap and you can reuse them up to a whole year! Now here’s a great invention to help us become more eco-friendly in our everyday lives.
I’ve never been a plastic wrap person, I try to use containers with lids or to simply put a second bowl on top of the first one. But those beeswax wraps… they’re taking it to a whole new level. They’re not only very handy, but they also look nice.
Plus they’re made of beeswax and I LOVE bees. They are the most interesting and extraordinary little beings and so important, not to say indispensable, regarding biodiversity. Sadly, some bee species are nowadays endangered, the exact reasons remain debatable. We can say for sure that the so-called Varoa mite as well as pesticides play an important role in the extinction of bees. I’d like to raise awareness, since a lot of people are not aware to the importance of bees and potential consequences resulting from their disappearance.
“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: ‘What good is it?’ “
(Aldo Leopold, American ecologist)
I actually took beekeeping trial courses and I will keep bees as soon as I’ve finished my master’s degree. If you’re interested in this subject, you might look for apiarists in your area, sometimes there are even clubs that organize free courses.
But let’s get back to those awesome wraps. They’re quite expensive so I decided to make my own. There’s this really nice organic beekeeper who gave me a big piece of organic beeswax in exchange for some ice cream lol. If you don’t know such a nice person, don’t worry, you can buy it here.
Let’s get started!
- A grater
- Cotton fabric of your choice
- Scissors to cut fabric in shape
- Baking tray
- Parchment paper
- Preheat oven to 100° C.
- Cut fabric in shape. I chose three different ones and I cut them into 4, 8 and 12 inch squares.
- Place parchment paper on a baking tray. Place your fabric on the parchment paper. You don’t want them to overlap.
- Now grate your organic beeswax and trickle evenly on top of your fabric.
- Put it all into the oven until the wax has melted. This should only take about 5 minutes.
- Take out of the oven, remove your beeswax wraps from the tray and let them cool in the air (you’ll only need to hold them for a few seconds and they’ll be dry and ready to use).
Et voilà! Use them to wrap your food or to cover bowls. I also think that these beeswax wraps are a very special gift idea.