A Zero-Waste Craft: Reusable Food Wraps
I first saw sustainable beeswax wraps in use at a local farmers market a few years ago and I thought it was a brilliant idea! They are an excellent zero-waste alternative to plastic wrap, bags, and plastic storage containers. I’m always looking for ways to be more sustainable, especially in the kitchen, so I decided to make reusable food wraps for myself. There are a number of beeswax wraps that can be purchased online, however, in my quest to be more sustainable I prefer making them myself. They are surprisingly easy to make, and there’s a charm to the homemade look that just can’t be replicated from store bought wraps.
1 yard of 100% cotton fabric
½ lb bar of purified beeswax
Pine Resin (if you want fabric to stick for a tighter seal)
Grader & Bowl
Scissors & Ruler
Step 1: Cut fabric into the size and shape that fits your needs. I cut 2 squares of the following sizes: 16"X16”, 14"X14”, 12"X12”, 10"X10”, 8"X8”.
Step 2: Turn on Iron (no steam. Grade beeswax block into bowl.
Step 3: Set up ironing station: Place cookie sheet on table. Layer parchment paper, then fabric swatch.
Step 4: Sprinkle beeswax and pine resin onto fabric, then drizzle jojoba oil.
Step 5: Place parchment paper over fabric, then iron to melt wax, resin and oil together. Let dry, then remove fabric and set aside until ready to use.
You can use these reusable beeswax wraps to replace plastic wrap and plastic food-storage packaging in the kitchen or for lunches. Just wash with dish soap and a sponge, and let dry between uses. They typically last for about 60 uses before they need to be re-waxed.
Give this sustainable craft a try and let me know how it goes in the comments!