Our excessive use of plastic is negatively impacting our environment. Here’s one way to reduce plastic – swap cling wrap (or cling film) for homemade cheap DIY beeswax food wraps. Here’s how!
When my daughter, Simran, was 6 years old, I taught her about the negative effect of plastic straws on our environment. Ever since then, she has been mindful about single-use plastic which is really heart-warming to me as a parent. One other way we try reduce plastic at home is by making our own beeswax food wraps to cover food instead of buying cling wrap. This is a truly amazing alternative to single-use plastic wrap. Beeswax wraps are reusable and are naturally antimicrobial. The waxy coating makes the cloth waterproof, but breathable. After each use, beeswax wrap can be washed with room temperature tap water and air-dried. Store and protect your food with these natural and durable beeswax wraps – they work great to make covers for anything, or as a wrap for dry foods like cheese, or sandwiches. The best thing is they are super easy and inexpensive to make yourself!
You’ll just need a cotton handkerchief or cotton material, beeswax pellets (from Shopee, around $2) and everything else pretty much is available at home.
What you’ll need to make beeswax wraps
- White Beeswax Pellets
- A cotton handkerchief
- Old towel
- Parchment/ Baking paper
Step by step instructions to make beeswax wraps
1. Place a towel down on your table. Cut out two pieces of parchment paper larger than your cotton material. Place your cotton material in-between the two parchment sheets leaving a border of at least two inches.
2. Sprinkle Beeswax Pellets (about two tablespoons) on top of the cotton and cover with the parchment paper.
3. Set the iron for linen, and when it is hot pass it over the parchment paper. The wax below will start to melt. Keep moving the iron and do not let it stay in the same place for too long. Be mindful of where the melted beeswax is and keep it away from your iron and your fingers.
Dry and it’s ready! Do not touch the beeswax wrap immediately after ironing, let it cool. Once beeswax wrap cools, the wrap is ready to use.
These DIY beeswax food wraps are great to pack sandwiches in or use to cover food containers. No time to make your own? Check out these ready-made beeswax food wraps like the lead image by OrgaWise reusable food wraps!
Every little green step counts, together we can make a difference!