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More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year. If there is any product you can purchase to reduce your waste, it’s money well spent.
Plastic wrap may keep your sandwich fresh, but it pollutes our planet. Beeswax wrap is a fantastic alternative that you can reuse for more than a year, and when it’s reached the end of its life, it’s often biodegradable or compostable.
Beeswax wraps are probably easier to use than plastic wrap. Plastic wrap is hard to tear off, and it sticks to itself, making it difficult to cover a dish.
Beeswax wraps use the heat from your hands to warm the wax and help it seal over a dish or piece of food. Be careful with other heat sources though; you shouldn’t use these wraps on warm leftovers or keep them in hot cars because the heat compromises the integrity of the wrap.
Each wrap has its own set of cleaning instructions which we’ve explained in the reviews below. As long as you care for the wrap correctly, you should be able to get a year or more of use from each wrap.
With each use of a beeswax wrap, you keep plastic from entering our environment, which can add up fast. These wraps should not be used to cover uncooked meat. Since these wraps are only cold washed, using them on uncooked meat could spread bacteria.
If you need something to contain raw meat or withstand heat, we suggest investing in some glass Pyrex or Snapware that can be reused, unlike plastic wrap. Glass is also a healthier choice than plastic since there is no risk of BPA leaching into your food.
Bee’s Wrap is a zero-waste, plastic-free alternative to cover a bowl or wrap up food. It is made from eco-friendly ingredients: organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin. The beeswax and jojoba oil have antibacterial qualities that help keep your food fresh and allow you to reuse it.
The warmth from your hands softens the wrap to help it form over a container or piece of food. Once the wrap cools, it creates a seal to store your food.
Wash this wrap in cool water with mild dish soap, like Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap. Let it air dry, then fold and store in a room temperature drawer or basket.
I have used this brand a handful of times and been pleased with it. One tip I’d share is don’t use it to wrap a piece of pizza or something with tomato sauce in it. The red color stains the wrap and can be a pain to clean.
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Etee lets your food breathe so it can stay fresh longer. It provides a protective, breathable, antimicrobial seal. The wraps are made of organic ingredients: cotton, beeswax, coniferous tree resin, soy wax, jojoba oil, cinnamon essential oil and clove essential oil.
You must activate the wrap if you want it to stick firmly to containers. To activate the wrap, roll it into a ball in your hands. The warmth and motion will make it tacky. Place the wrap over the container and stick the wrap to itself to ensure a tight seal.
To clean the wrap, gently wash in cool water using ethanol-free dish soap and let it air dry.
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Lilybee is a less popular beeswax food wrapper compared to Bee’s Wrap and Etee. It’s made from similar ingredients as its competitors: 100% cotton, beeswax solution, tree resin and organic coconut oil.
Overall, there’s very little feedback about how well this New Zealand-based product performs. To clean the Lilybee wrap, wash it in cold or luke-warm water with mild, eco-friendly dish soap. Hang to dry on the dish rack and use again.
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See a sampling of the kinds of foods you can use beeswax wrap with and some different folding techniques.
While recycling is extremely important, it’s even better if you can reduce your waste. Consider buying things in bulk to reduce packaging, using reusable shopping bags and making your own cleaning products.
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