They are super expensive in the shops but easy to make by yourself. They help us reduce our plastic use and are way better for the environment.
We all want to reduce our plastic use, and cling wrap is pretty lethal as far as plastics goes.
It is made of petrochemicals, is actually toxic to the environment and looks like jellyfish, so marine animals try to eat it leading to suffocation or death from intestinal blockages.
And cling wrap is, by and large, unnecessary.
Folks have lived without Cling/Glad wrap for centuries, haven’t they? The alternative is to use something more organic and natural – a Beeswax Wrap.
Eliminate Cling Wrap – Make a Beeswax Wrap
To make a Beeswax Wrap, all you need is:
- 1-2 bars of Beeswax – (from your hardware shop)
- Fabric the size you want the wrap – plain cotton or calico is best
- A kitchen grater – best to use one you don’t use every day
- Greaseproof naking non stick paper
- An Iron
- Old Teatowels
How to Make a Beeswax Wrap
- Trim the edge of your fabric with Pinking Shears
- On the Ironing Board, lay down a piece of thick cardboard and top it with a layer of non-stick baking paper slightly larger than your fabric piece
- Lay the fabric down on top of the paper
- Grate the bar of Beeswax and spread evenly over the fabric
- Lay a second sheet of the baking paper to cover the fabric
- Cover with an old Teatowel
- Iron evenly across the size of the fabric ensuring you cross over all edges.
- Allow to cool
- Peel away the baking paper.
Your beeswax wrap is ready for use. It is that easy!
Use up excess fabric or scraps of cotton to make beeswax wraps
Cut up a cotton shirt/ outfit you no longer wear, checking first that the material has no toxic dyes, so cotton is best.
Calico for making the Beeswax Wraps can be Tie Dyed. Make fun designs using string, rubber bands and non-toxic dyes. A great activity with the kids.
Other Alternatives to Using Cling Wrap
- Use a washable container with lid. (Even if it is a plastic lid at least it can be reused hundreds of times before disposal)
- Cover with damp or dry, tea towel
- Wrap in a washable cloth bag for vegetable/ cold meats – works well with the Christmas ham
- Wrap seafood and meat in butcher’s paper and place in a reuseable container
Something environmentally friendly to Ponder About