What's up with beeswax food wraps?

Today’s Feel Good Friday tip is all about the trendy wax food wrap thing you’ve been seing everywhere. I’ve been using these for a few weeks now and really recommend them. Here’s my take:

I like it, what is it?

Food wraps are made from fabric that’s been coated in wax. Usually it’s beeswax but there are now lots of vegan options too. You can use them to wrap of almost anything up in them, and the heat from your hand helps seal them up. To clean them off, I just use (cold) soapy water and wipe clean. Hot water would obviously melt the wax off. The wraps last about a year or so before the wax wears off, at which point you can put them in the compost bin (so I’ve heard).

Why use them?

First, cling film, as it’s known in the UK (Saran wrap or plastic wrap elsewhere) is typically made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC can leach into food, and has been shown to be carcinogenic. Second, food wraps prevent masses of plastic waste. Food wrap ends up in the landfill if we’re lukcy but can easily make its way into the sea.

Will my food stay fresh though?

Totally! The avocado in my pic above had NO brown marks after staying in its little wax wrapper overnight, for example. You can also use them to store food in the freezer. Please note, you cannot use them to store meat since you can’t wash them with hot water!

Where can I find them?

Etsy - vegan wraps (beeswax free), £12.75 for 3

Or, check out your local zero waste / plastic free shops, these wraps really are everywhere at the moment! I made a list of these shops for the UK earlier this year, find that here.

If you haven’t already, I highly encourage you give these a go. It’s a simple swap, with both health and environmental benefits. If you have used them, weigh in below and let me know what you think? Happy Friday!