While single use disposable plastic bags, cutlery and plates can easily be swapped with reusable items, cling wrap (plastic wrap) is something that many of us do not give a second thought to. However there is another way! The plastic free alternative known as beeswax wraps keeps sandwiches, wraps and last nights leftovers fresh without the need for using disposables. Basically anything you have used plastic wrap for in the past can be replaced by this awesome and REUSABLE beeswax wrap.
There are many market stalls and eco friendly businesses and organisations where these are available for purchase. Though making them yourself can be a cheaper alternative as well as a fun way to get crafty! Bring your friends over for a beeswax wrap party! That way you are spreading the word, raising awareness of our cultures addiction to disposable plastic and having a great time with friends all at the same time.
On to the DIY instructions!!
While there are an array of different ways to make the wraps, I found this way one of the best without buying multiple ingredients and equipment!
Ingredients and Equipment Needed:
- 100% cotton material (cut to your chosen size)
- Bees wax (I purchased organic and Australian made pure 100% beeswax from Collombatti Naturals)
- Coconut oil or jojoba oil
- Baking paper/ parchment paper
- Pine tree resin (optional)
If your beeswax has come in small beads then you don’t have to worry about this step (lucky!). Otherwise grate your beeswax blocks or pieces into tiny pieces so they can be sprinkled on top of your piece of cotton. I grated a 10g block of beeswax which was enough for a circular piece of cotton with a 28cm diameter – though don’t be to exact on my measurements.
Lay down some baking paper on an ironing board and place your piece of material with the nice side (the side you will see when wrapping items) facing up. Then, sprinkle the grated beeswax all over the material. Once that is done, add around a teaspoon of coconut oil or jojoba oil (be careful not to add too much as the wraps won’t dry properly). If you like you can add pine tree resin to help the wraps stick a little more. Add around 2 teaspoons for every teaspoon of oil (this is not entirely necessary though).
Place another piece of baking paper over the material and iron until you can no longer see any beeswax clumps. It should look like this…
Peel off the baking paper and hang over a clothes line or back of a chair. Just leave it to dry until its stiff to touch. You’re done!
Now just use the heat of your hands to mould the wraps around bowls, plates, sandwiches etc.