What are Beeswax Wraps and Why Use Them?
1. It's sustainable, reusable, and biodegradable
Cling wraps are great and convenient, but are mostly not biodegradable. In Singapore, all non-biodegradable plastics are either incinerated or ends up in the sea - i.e. OCEAN PLASTIC!!
Like plastic bags, cling film that ends up in the sea is easily confused for jellyfish by marine animals and chokes turtles and other creatures that feed on them.
Beeswax wraps are the natural alternative to cling wraps to store your food! They are reusable, and made of all natural ingredients and materials, which makes them biodegradable!
2. It keeps food fresher for longer
A test done by Abeego using cling wrap vs beeswax wraps to keep food proves that beeswax wraps has natural preservative properties and can keep food fresher for longer as compared to plastic cling wraps.
L-R: All 3 bundles of Cilantro were left in fridge for 44 days. The first bundle was packaged in Abeego beeswax wraps, the next two wrapped in the leading brands of plastic wrap.
Exposure to light is a major and often overlooked contributor to food spoilage and is called photodegradation. Along with oxidation, it can cause foods to lose fats, proteins, and vitamins, which results in discoloration, and off-flavors. Beeswax wraps are opaque, blocking light to keep food fresh, tasty, and as nutritious as possible until it’s eaten.
What are Beeswax Wraps made of?
Beeswax wraps are made with organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin.
Basically, a mixture of the beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin is painted in a thin layer onto sheets of organic cotton and tadahh, you have beeswax wraps!
The awesome people at Abeego handcrafting every single beeswax wrap in their studio in Canada
What Can I Use it For?
Cheese, fruits, veggies, grains, breads, snacks, etc! They can be used for any food with the exception of raw meat and hot foods.
How to Use Beeswax Wraps?
Beeswax wraps are self-adhesive as the combination of beeswax, tree resin and jojoba oil that coats the hemp and cotton fabric makes it very malleable at room temperature. It can adhere to virtually any solid food or container, so there is no need to wet it before you use it.
Using the warmth and weight of your hands, give the edges of the beeswax wrap a good squeeze and press to store your foods. See how it works in the video below!
How to Care for my Beeswax Wraps?
Hand wash it in COLD water with some dishwashing soap. Even lukewarm water can cause the wax coating to wear off, and don't scrub too hard! Beeswax is naturally anti-bacterial so you don't need to worry that it won't get "clean enough". Once dry, it can be folded and placed in your kitchen drawers.
With proper care, your beeswax wraps can last for about a year, sometimes longer!
Then What Do I Do With It? Is It Compostable?
You'll know your beeswax wrap has reached its end of life when it begins to feel more like fabric and less waxy on the outside. When this happens, you can repurpose it for a non-food related job (like cutting it into strips and twisting it up and using it as a firestarter for your next BBQ) or it can be composted.
We love Abeego because the company is super passionate about #keepingfoodalive. Their vision is all about sustainability - reducing food waste, using all natural ingredients, and producing great quality products that lasts.
They even keep their waste to a minimum and their carbon footprint as small as they can by giving their materials the fullest life. For example, they made Abeego Twists, which are essentially little strips of discarded edges of Abeego beeswax wraps. These twists can be used for firestarters on your camping trip/BBQ party. Abeego Twists are water resistant and long burning without any harmful chemicals.
It also doesn't hurt that the design of the wraps are super cute and makes for a great eco-friendly gift!
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