Day 244 – Beeswax Wraps

At the beginning of this year, I made the intention of reducing my plastic use and my carbon-footprint in general. I reduced my wardrobe down to 33 items, haven’t bought any new clothes so far (both things I am still happily doing), and try to reduce food waste wherever possible. Plastic is, unfortunately, unavoidable most times, but I choose glass containers or paper wrapping wherever I can.

Photo by Magda Ehlers on

It was after having a surprisingly full plastic recycling bin that I decided to do something a bit more. Although I already use some beeswax wraps, they’re quite expensive to get them in a variety of sizes and I often have to default to cling film (plastic wrap). I remembered I still had some beeswax leftover from making lip balms and body bars earlier in the year, and I have a pile of scrap fabric from making masks, so I decided to try making my own beeswax wraps.

There are a variety of ways to do make these, but they’re all relatively easy. The most common ways are melting the wax over the fabric in the oven, or sandwiching it between two pieces of baking paper and ironing it. It was the latter method that I decided to try.

A nice and quick tutorial to follow

I could not believe how easy it was considering how much they cost in the shops. Within 5 minutes I had 3 beeswax wraps in different sizes.

Yes the jar is empty

The wraps dry within a couple of seconds and are ready to use after a bit of cooling down. All they need is a bit of hand warmth to mould to the jar, bowl, or plate that needs wrapping. Amazing!

I’m so impressed with these and how easy it is, I’ve no need to ever buy cling film again. Beyond happy with this life-changing new thing!

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