Reduce, reuse, recycle.
I do those things. Sometimes. When I feel like it. More often than not, I do do those things, but I’m a human person living in modern times so sometimes I don’t.
I’m a firm believer in doing what you can when you can. Use your recycling bins, but if you’re close to a mental breakdown from cooking, working, cleaning the house, dealing with a broken toilet, a screaming child and/or a slightly insane boss … don’t beat yourself up over throwing that one recyclable container in the garbage because the ease of doing so is the only thing keeping you from jumping into the nearest volcano.
The 5 people who live off the grid and do everything possible to not make an imprint on Mother Earth including not wearing clothing and eating only bugs, (that have died naturally) aren’t the ones saving it. It’s the rest of us who are doing what we can when we can that are. Their acts are commendable of course, but the majority of us have real houses with real jobs and real lunches to pack.
Which brings us to my next point of interest. Plastic. I use it. I’ll admit it. I have sandwich bags and plastic grocery bags and cat poop bags. All plastic. And other than the poop bags, I reuse them all a couple of times before I throw them in the recycling bin.
But we seem to go through a lot of sandwich bags and a lot of plastic wrap. And it irks me for a variety of reasons. It is definitely a waste. And it’s definitely expensive. And it’s definitely ugly. Other than when you get that absolutely perfect, glass-like seal across a bowl with your plastic wrap. That, of course, is a thing of artistic beauty like nothing else.
So when I came across these reusable food wraps by Abeego made out of beeswax coated cotton … I was intrigued. The second I saw them I had romantic visions of these beautiful food wraps encasing healthy sandwiches and expensive cheeses. Just looking at them made me feel good.
So I had to make some immediately. A quick search of the Internet led me to believe I could make a similar version with only cotton fabric and some beeswax.
I did it, they turned out great and now you can make them too. In case you too want to feel good.
Gather a few pieces of 100% cotton fabric and put them on a baking sheet lined with tin foil.
I used leftover scraps from this project, and flour sack tea towels from my screen printed tea towels that didn’t turn out well.
Preheat oven to 150 – 170 °F (depending on your oven … mine doesn’t go lower than 170 °F)
You can use an old candle or buy beeswax beads, or a whole hunk of beeswax for this.
Sprinkle the fabric with a light layer of beeswax.
About this much. Maybe a teensy bit more.
Put them in the oven for 10 minutes (or until wax is melted).
The fabric will be soaked through with wax when you remove them.
Take them off the hot baking sheet IMMEDIATELY.
If you leave them on for even a few seconds they’ll cool down and stick to the tin foil or the beeswax will become clumpy.
Now it’s all about finishing them.
You can leave them just as they are or you can finish the edges with pinking sheers.
I’ve also added a couple of buttons and some butcher twine for closing one of mine.
They’re beautiful. I love them.
Use. I’ve used mine for a week or so to make sure they’re actually useful and not another Enzyme Cleaner. I’ve used the Beeswax wraps to wrap cheese, sandwiches, carrots, a Portobello mushroom, bowls of soup (like cling wrap) and cut vegetables.
Opinion. They’re great. They really do work. The warmth of your hands allows you to mould the beeswax to whatever shape you want and it stays there. Everything has stayed as fresh as can be with the exception of a sandwich I left wrapped for 2 days, which started to get stale around the edges. In defence of the wraps, it was a cloth that I later decided had too much air getting through it because there wasn’t enough beeswax on it. I’ve since added more beeswax to it and it will hopefully solve the stale after 2 day sandwich problem. Even though I really don’t need these wraps to keep sandwiches fresh for days on end.
Problems. The smell. I love the smell of beeswax a lot. But the fella took exception to the carrots on his lunch smelling like beeswax. I suspect the scent will fade.
Not interested in making your own? Go buy them from Abeego. As great as mine are, I’m sure theirs are better. Abeego isn’t sponsoring this post, they don’t even know I exist. They’re a small company trying to make a go of it with a useful and beautiful product. They also have great videos showing you how to get the most of of beeswax fabric wraps.
So, reduce, reuse, recycle. When you can. When you can’t? Avoid all volcanos.