In 2014-2015, Australians managed to produce 64 million tonnes of waste, 60% of which we managed to recycle (Australian National Waste Report, 2016). While we as a nation are making more of an effort to recycle, only 14% of plastics are recovered, the rest left to add to our growing amount of waste produced and landfill.
In a time where consumers are becoming more conscious of their impact on the environment and the practice of zero waste is gaining traction, it’s hard to look pass beeswax wraps as an alternative to plastic wrap.
Our habits relating to plastic need to change, we know this and we are trying. Companies have begun to cut BPA from their plastic products but this is not enough. Plastic food storage options have the opportunity to leach harmful chemicals which can wreak havoc on our bodies, mirroring hormones and disrupting endocrine production and distribution.
As we have adopted reusable shopping bags to replace single use plastic bags, it’s time we looked as beeswax wraps as a viable alternative to plastic wrap and zip lock bags. One company is making our ability to reduce our impact easier, affordable and more accessible.
What is Beeutiful?
Beeutiful is an artisan business, based in Australia and shipping worldwide. With a strong focus on sustainability and living an eco-friendly life, they know that their product needs to feel good, smell good and promote a good relationship with food. So they created a ‘beeutiful’, functional and affordable product to help store food and keeps it fresh, helping Australians to do their part on the war on waste and plastic.
What are Beeswax Wraps?
Made from 100% cotton, pure Australian 100% organic beeswax, natural tree resin, certified organic coconut oil and jojoba oil, these durable wraps can be used in the place of plastic wraps to keep it fresh. Whilst helping us to stop our single-use disposable habit, the natural elements of this product also contain preservation properties much more effective than plastic wrap.
Unlike plastic wrap, wax wraps are breathable, allowing fruits and vegetables to release organic gases as they age without being trapped in their storage containers. This eliminates the chance of early decay of your produce and keeping them edible for longer.
How to use Beeutiful Beeswax Wraps
Beeutiful has designed wraps in numerous sizes and shapes so simply chose the right fit for your food or container, use the warmth from your hands to seal the edges and store!
They can be used for fridge based storage, short term freezer use and room temperature storage. Considering that the natural beeswax has a melting point of 62 degrees, please refrain from using your wraps in the microwave or to cover hot food!
Fresh fruit and vegetables, cooked meals and snack storage is no problem for Beeutiful Beeswax Wraps! All can easily be stored with this kitchen wonder!
Looking after your Beeswax Wrap
Unlike their plastic counterparts, these wax wraps can be used over and over again, provided they get some tender love and care!
To cleanse, simply wash in cold water with mild detergent and let air dry. A good soak in cold water before washing will remove any dried on food. Avoid the temptation to pick these sneaky remnants off as they may cause the wax barriers to be removed as well!
Store your wraps where they can be left flat to protect the integrity of the wax and reduce creases. Certain foods, such as beetroot, pomegranate or turmeric, can leave permanent stains so be mindful on what you plan on storing when selecting wrap colours and designs.
What to expect from your Beeutiful Beeswax Wrap?
Lasting an average of 12 months, less if you use yours more heavily, you’ll know it’s time for a replacement when the warmth of your hands no longer seal the wraps and reduces the freshness of your food.
How to get your hands on Beeutiful Beeswax Wraps
Beeutiful currently shops worldwide with the exception of Hong Kong and Macau, however a list of stockists can be found on their website.
With a variety of prints, patterns, colours and sizes available on their online store, the hardest part is deciding what to put in your cart!
Visit https://beeutiful.com.au to start your waste revolution today!