Guest Writer for Wake Up World
Do you know that every minute a truck full of plastic is dumped into our oceans? Do you know that plastic wreaks havoc on the body especially the endocrine system? If you are looking to reduce your kitchen waste and use a healthier food storage option, make your own beeswax cloth wipes to replace cling wrap and sandwich bags. Say Goodbye to plastic and hello to reusable beeswax food wraps. Every little reusable addition to food storage goes a long way in an eco-friendly lifestyle. Here is a recipe to make DIY reusable beeswax food wraps.
- 1/2 Cup Beeswax
- 1/4 Cup Pine Resin
- 1/4 Cup Jojoba Oil
- 4 – 18?-22? Cloth rectangles
What You Will Need:
- Double Boiler (Glass jar and Sauce Pan)
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Sheet
- 1 inch wide Paint brush
How to Make DIY Beeswax Reusable Food Wraps:
- Prepare and Cut the Cloth Pieces
- 13 inches by 13 inches – big enough for a sandwich or to cover a fruit bowl
- 10 inches by 10 inches — for wrapping cheese, carrot sticks, vegetable snacks
- 14 inches by 26 inches – big enough to cover a baguette
- Melt the Beeswax and Pine Resin in the double boiler
- Drizzle Jojoba Oil while they are melting and stir.
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees
- Place parchment paper on the baking sheet
- Place a single cut piece of fabric on the parchment paper
- Using the paint brush, brush the beeswax mix on the fabric.
- Place baking sheet in the oven and let melt.
- Once fully melted, remove baking sheet.
- Go back over wax with the brush to make sure all evenly metled.
- Flip cloth over brush with wax and place back in the oven into melted.
- Take off parchment paper and hang to dry
- Repeat with the rest of the cloth fabrics.
Using Beeswax Wraps
A reusable beeswax wrap can be used in place of plastic wrap or wax paper or it can be used as a sandwich or snack bag. There are many ways to use your DIY Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps.
Cleaning the Beeswax Wraps
Wash in cool water with a natural soap. Don’t let the wraps soak in water it will shorten the life span. Hang it to dry. Do not machine wash or dish wash.
Eliminating trash is something I am always working on. Trying reusable storage for foods is a great place to start. Besides using beeswax wraps, there are other eco friendly ways to store food too. You can learn more here about ways to store food without using plastic.
There are DIY Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap kits online if you want to make them yourself. Click here to see the one I bought
To buy them already made you can buy them HERE.
There are many little ways that we can incorporate a eco-friendly green lifestyle. Trying to become more reusable and less wasteful is the goal. Every little bit helps keep trash out our landfills and out of our oceans. Making your own DIY Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps is a great way to start!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is the name of the green game.
Originally published at Earthiemama and reproduced here with permission.
About the author:
Alexandra is a true Earthie Mama, helping others tune into their most natural, thriving state while bringing harmony and balance into all areas of their lives. She hosts a well-known blog, EarthieMama.com, where she writes about health and wellness, conscious parenting, green living, self sustainability and getting off the grid. Alex also has an MA in Psychology, and is a registered Yoga Instructor, environmentalist, conscious mother, green living advocate and natural birthing expert. She also sells all natural products and her ebooks through her website.