01-Aug-2019

DIY Reusable Beeswax Wraps

Our recent Living Smart Plastic Free July Beeswax Wraps workshops have been so hugely popular, we thought we would share some DIY info, for those that 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)

  • Beeswax
  • Baking paper
  • 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

Variations:

  • 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 dry side and returning to 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.

Image credit: Biome

 

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

For further information about wraps and their uses, check out this wonderful local story by the family behind Bee Eco Wraps.


Image credit: Bee Eco Wraps

 

People interested in going to a wax wrap workshop can contact Natasha Odgers at Wax Wrap Workshops . Natasha can arrange workshops for groups such as community organisations, work places, churches, teachers or a group of friends.

The Yandina Community Gardens, also have also offered wax wraps workshops at various times throughout the year.


Image credit: Natasha Odgers

 

And of course if you just prefer to buy some that have been made with care locally for you, keep your eye out for quality products from local makers Bee Eco Wraps

Misty Lane and Co or others we spotted the other day at the Wellness Mill Pantry that had been made by the local Boomerang Bags.

 

And now we have you have the wrap on reusable covers, why not explore 14 tips for reducing plastic waste in the kitchen

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