Sustainable wrapping with Bee’s Wrap!

Posted on 02 October 2017.

Exit plastic food wrap and aluminum foil. Enter Bee's Wrap - sustainable wax wrapping to keep food fresh.

Are you a fan of home-made, waste reduction or zero waste, a proud grower of your own fruit and vegetables, or anxious to use natural ingredients and materials? You've probably already wondered how to reduce the amount of plastic used to keep food and leftover meals fresh. Sarah Kaeck did. And she cleverly found a solution in Bee's Wrap, sustainable wrapping made with beeswax.

Bee’s Wrap was founded in the US state of Vermont in 2012 by the mother of a family who describes herself as "a fervent planter, goat milking machine, chicken keeper and dressmaker". When looking for a healthy, ecological alternative to plastic film to cover food, Sarah Kaeck rediscovered an ancient natural process. By infusing cotton fabric with beeswax, jojoba oil and vegetable resin, she developed a washable, reusable and compostable wrap capable of replacing plastic food wrap and aluminum foil.

Fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese, sandwiches, sauces, liquids... Bee's Wrap protects all types of food except raw meat. The fabric should be warmed in the hands first to make it malleable before covering a container or wrapping the food. As it cools and hardens, the wrap retains its shape. If used several times a week, it will lasts about a year.

Bee's Wrap is not only reusable but also 100% biodegradable and compostable: at the end of its life, it can be cut into strips and put straight in the compost. Although her product is now sold in hundreds of shops around the world, Sarah Kaeck emphasizes the artisanal aspect of her wrap - handmade in a small workshop in Bristol, West Vermont – and its sustainable credentials.

"From start to finish, we pay close attention to the ingredients and materials we use,” it says on the website. The cotton fabric is certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), a label that requires 95% of the fibers to be produced on organic farms. The jojoba oil is organic too and the beeswax comes from sustainably managed American hives. In short, Bee's Wrap is a natural solution to over-packaging and reducing waste!