Beeswax wraps: 6 Easy Reasons to Ditch Plastic Wrap

Plastic Wrap Sucks, Beeswax wraps are better

Not that I feel like I have to explain why – there are so many reasons. It is single-use, contributing unnecessarily to what to throw in the trash. Its uses are few and far between and it can be replaced by other food storage methods even if beeswax wraps don’t work for a particular application.

Plastic wrap drives me crazy! No matter how hard you try, it always clings to itself as soon as you take it out of the container, and then somehow doesn’t cling to the thing it’s supposed to cling to. Plastic wrap is super convenient and helpful in storing leftover items in the fridge (and I admit, I still have a roll on hand and use it occasionally), BUT reusable food wraps are even better.

Beeswax wraps can be used to wrap a multitude of items from sandwiches to saving blocks of cheese to protecting leftovers in the fridge.

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Why we love beeswax wraps:

1. They save money

There is no end of the roll! Take plastic wrap off of your shopping list because it is simply not needed. It feels good to eliminate this source of waste from the kitchen’s waste stream and replace it with a reusable option. While I still have plastic wrap in the kitchen, I haven’t touched it in months.

2. Easily reduces waste

This is just one of many great kitchen storage options that reduce waste. Plastic or glass reusable containers, reusable storage bags and even aluminum foil are great ways reduce waste from single use plastic. The important thing to focus on are items you can use more than once.

3. Great for the DIYers

If you’re crafty, beeswax wraps are a fun project to try. Only a few materials are needed, and you can choose your own fabric to match your style. Homemade beeswax wraps would also make great gifts!

The only materials you need are a thin, close-stitched, cotton fabric and some beeswax. Heat the oven to 185 degrees F, take a cookie sheet, lay out some parchment paper, then lay out the fabric, grate the beeswax on to the fabric, put the cookie sheet into the oven and wait for the beeswax to melt. Once melted, make sure the wax is spread evenly on the fabric then hang to dry. That’s it! You’ve now made your own beeswax wraps!

If you’re looking for a more step-by-step guide, take a look at these directions!

4. Super Portable

These are great to travel with. They fold up really small and are lightweight. We took them to Hawaii as an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic baggies to store snacks while hiking. We even used them to wrap our spam musubi (basically Spam sushi, but you gotta use the teriyaki kind!)

5. Easy Cleanup

These wraps are super easy to clean and get ready for the next use. All it takes is a little dish soap and some cold water. With just a little rinsing and some air drying, the beeswax wrap is clean and ready to go.

6. They don’t stick to themselves!

Well, they do stick to themselves a bit, but not too much to make it frustrating. The wax heats up from the heat of your hands to hold its shape around a bowl, block of cheese or chopped produce. Then it easily unwraps and is ready to go again.

Beeswax wraps are a great way to easily step into zero waste and start your sustainability journey. Whether made at home or purchased, they can make great gifts for friends and family as well!