100 Day Challenge #19: Stop clinging to plastic wrap and use beeswax cloths instead
Once again, we're talking about plastic. This time it's plastic wrap. Isn’t it amazing what a big part plastic plays in our everyday life? It's so engrained into our routine that we don't even realize how much we're using until we really stop to think about it. Thankfully there are more and more sustainable alternatives to plastic products, and food storage wraps are no exception!
We were never fans of plastic wrap to being with. We're pretty sure it's the most frustrating food storage product with a primary purpose of testing your patience. You can never get it to unroll properly and then by the time you get it close to a container, it's folding in on itself and wrinkling up. Next thing you know, you're trying all over again and even more plastic wrap is going into the garbage! With beeswax wraps, there's no huffing and puffing and the food storage process is as it should be: easy, simple, and sustainable.
I received my first beeswax wraps as a Christmas stocking stuffer. They're reusable, biodegradable, and compostable and are made of cotton muslin that is then covered in natural beeswax, tree resin, and jojoba oil. They're way thicker than plastic wrap and become more malleable with each use. In all honesty, it does take a little while to get used to them especially since they're a little stiff at first. But it's just like breaking in a new pair of awesome shoes, after a few wears they quickly become your favorite, go-tos! They don't create as tight of a seal as plastic does, but for the vast majority of food storage situations, they're great. Between beeswax wraps and reusable tupperware, there's really no need for plastic wrap anymore.
I went to a gathering last week and made an appetizer. I wrapped my dish with the beeswax cloth, and it arrived safely without spilling. I brought the wrapper home along with my dish, I washed them both, and the best part is that they'll be used again without a bunch of plastic being sent off to the landfill! So get yourself some beeswax wraps and kick that plastic wrap habit to the curb.
*Photos sources from the Bee's Wrap website