If you’re at all attuned to the increase in sustainable and reusable household accessories, then you may be familiar with the concept of beeswax as a material used in food packaging and production. Viewed as a sustainable solution to cling film and other forms of wrap, beeswax wrap is an alternative which is flooding the market, as producers take organic cotton strips and coat them in a combination of natural beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin to keep the wraps fresh but malleable and easy to wrap around different food items and dishes.
In this blog, we’re looking at just how eco-friendly and sustainable these wraps are, and why beeswax is considered such a versatile material in the food industry.
The versatility of beeswax
Beeswax food wrappers, which are reusable and can be used to keep sandwiches and snacks fresh time after time, have grown in prominence among users old and new who are seeking a more sustainable alternative to cling film and other options on the market. As a completely washable, reusable, and ultimately compostable product, a beeswax wrapper combines the strength of a solid lid with the flexibility of a wrapper or cover which can be manipulated to cover a tub or pot of any size.
In addition to the flexibility and versatility of the wrapper as a functional kitchen accessory, the fact that beeswax wrappers don’t rip and are incredibly durable and strong means that you don’t need to replace them often – instead, they can be used again and again to keep food fresh.
So, how eco-friendly is a product with so many benefits?
The eco-friendly status of a beeswax wrap
The main environmental benefit of a beeswax wrap is the fact that it is made from organic and wholly natural materials and ingredients, and can be reused again and again. As an alternative to plastic, which boasts all the same benefits of cling film and other flexible wrapper options but with the bonus of being intricately designed and built to be re-used, beeswax wraps can be used continually for around a year provided they are cared for properly and cleaned efficiently.
In addition to being both functional and reusable, the fact that beeswax wraps keep food fresh and are derived from a natural food product means that homeowners can use them throughout the kitchen without concern or fear of contamination – the only thing you need to be wary of is the use of a beeswax wrapper in a specified vegan cooking space or when preparing vegan food.
There’s a reason why natural beeswax is considered such an important material in the world of beekeeping, this blog proves why beeswax isn’t just a byproduct of honey but rather something we can and should be used to great effect. For more insight into beeswax and how we use the material in a multitude of ways, check out our other blogs and news updates.