29 Jun, 2020
DIY Reusable Beeswax Wraps
Our Living Smart Plastic Free July Beeswax Wraps workshops were such a hit we thought we would share some DIY info for those who would like to try and make your own.
Below are a few recipes to give you the know-how to get making and reducing single use plastics. Why not invite a friend to join you or try it with the family?
There are different methods and variations in ingredients, we have provided the most basic recipe /method and a variation - use the one that appeals the most for you.
Version 1. How to make a simple wrap
Here is a short video by the fabulous team at 1 Million Women that shows you the most simplified version of making a reusable wax wrap. This is how people were taught to make wraps in the workshops facilitated by Natasha Odgers as part of the fabric program.
What you will need:
Pieces of 100% cotton (offcuts great, tight weave)
- Size guide:
- small wraps for fruit and snacks: 19x20cm
- medium wraps for sandwiches or to cover bowls: (28x29cm)
- large wraps to cover plates: (34x33cm)
An old towel or ironing table
Domestic iron (an old one is good if you have it).
Scissor to cut fabric (or some use pinking shears)
A knife or grater to cut wax if not in small pieces
- Adding jojoba oil or coconut oil
- Adding resin
- Melting the beeswax on a tray in the oven for 5 minutes, then placing one side down on melted wax and placing more wax on the dry side and returning to the oven for 5 minutes
- Using a gum rosin (pine resin)
- Using vegan alternatives such as candelilla and soy wax
Version 2. How to make a wrap with resin and jojoba oil
- Here’s a detailed recipe from the team at Biome which uses the additional gum rosin and jojoba oil.
- The tree resin and jojoba oil will make a wrap more like the ones you buy, and also provide additional properties. The tree resin provides natural antibacterial properties, while jojoba oil is a natural fluid plant wax and is anti-fungal.
How to use and look after your wax wraps
- These reusable beeswax wraps are an excellent alternative to plastic cling wrap and zip lock bags. Wrap up cut up fruit and veggies, sandwiches and rolls, and cover plates and bowls.
- To store, fold neatly and keep in a cool dry place such as a kitchen drawer.
- To clean, wipe down after use with a damp cloth and allow to air dry.
- To wash, use a mild natural detergent in cool water. Pat dry with a clean tea towel and air dry. Avoid warm and hot water as it will melt the wax.
- Not suitable for the dishwasher or washing machine.
- Do not heat or microwave.
- Do not use with raw meat.
- Keep out of direct sunlight.Image credit: Biome
If you’d prefer to buy wraps that have been made locally, keep your eye out for quality products from local makers Bee Eco Wraps, Misty Lane and Co or others spotted at the Wellness Mill Pantry, made by the local Boomerang Bags group.
Why not explore 14 tips for reducing plastic waste in the kitchen.