One of the bestsellers at No Trace is beeswax wraps – it’s also the one item that needs an explanation for many folks. So, I thought I’d take a minute to talk about the wonders of beeswax wraps.
Beeswax wraps are an all natural, reusable, biodegradable alternative to plastic wrap. They can be used throughout your kitchen and lunch bag in the same way that plastic wrap and plastic bags might be used. Beeswax wraps are washable and last a year or longer. They are great for fruits, veggies, sandwiches, burritos, cheeses, and more.
Here’s a list of the ways you might want to use a beeswax wrap:
- wrap half of a lemon
- wrap the cut end of a cucumber
- cover a bowl for extra freshness
- wrap apple slices in your kid’s lunch
- wrap your sandwich
- wrap your burrito
- wrap fresh carrots from the market to keep them crisp
- wrap your carrot sticks in your lunch
- wrap cheese from the store
- wrap cheese slices for your snack
- cover a jar that’s missing a lid
- wrap your cookie dough
- wrap your pizza dough
- wrap a cut melon
The wraps keep your food fresh, just like plastic wrap, without sending plastic to the landfill. They are functional and economical for you and green for the earth. And they add color and cheer to your kitchen!
How to use it
Using your wrap is simple – just wrap it around your food or bowl. The warmth of your hands will help the wax soften slightly and mold into the corresponding shape. The wraps aren’t sticky but can be folded into a tight seal. Each wrap also comes with a matching tie made from fabric scraps. You can use your tie for an extra strong seal if you are taking your food on the go or just want an extra firm closure.
How it’s made
Each beeswax wrap is handmade with organic cotton and beeswax – nothing else. Wax is melted onto the cotton to create a breathable, moisture tight barrier for your food. Each wrap comes with a handmade tie, made from scraps of the matching fabric.
Beeswax wraps should be handwashed in cold water with gentle soap. You can let your wrap air dry or wipe it dry with a hand towel. Beeswax wraps should not be used in the microwave or oven. The wraps should be kept out of direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. The matching ties can be washed in washing machines. If you care for your wrap, it should last a year or longer. But over time the wax will wear off and your wrap will no longer be moisture tight. Once this occurs, you can simple compost your wrap in your home compost bin – cutting into smaller pieces will help it break down more quickly.
Purchasing a wrap
No Trace currently carries two sizes, 12 X 12 and 8 X 8 inches, and two fabrics – Pears and Pink/Gold Lines. All beeswax wraps come with a matching made from fabric scraps. Given that the ties are made from scraps, the lengths vary slightly.
Give them a try – they are an awesome addition to any kitchen!