Over a year ago my son and I made a commitment to reduce plastics, in particular single use plastic. There were some things that we could change easily, loose leaf tea instead of tea bags (Who knew there was plastic in a tea bag.!). Other things took time to find a plastic free version – peanut butter without the plastic lid took some time. The challenge was on!
Discovering the use of beeswax on cotton to create a washable and reusable food wrap was inspired. The fabric was breathable, so the cheese and the bread didn’t sweat. The beeswax itself has anti-bacterial properties. And smell of the wax through out the house was divine.
It took some time to work out the best formula. Beeswax can crack, its not sufficiently malleable to mould around bowls and sandwiches easily. Adding jojoba oil to the beeswax and the surface becomes flexible and the jojoba oil has anti-fungal properties. So a winning formula of 100% cotton fabric, locally sourced beeswax and organic jojoba oil mixed to create a washable, reusable and compostable alternative to plastic wrap and plastic snack bags we used for pack ups. Bumble Wrap was born.
The wax mixture is hand painted onto the each of the wraps to create this natural alternative to plastic food wraps.