Stop Clinging – DIY Wax Wrap

Cling-film is such a great thing and it really does help keep food clean and fresh, doesn’t it ?

But unfortunately, cling film, despite being made in similar plastics to plastic bags, can’t be recycled, either; due to food contaminations or the chemicals and resins added to make the cling wrap “clingy” and stretchable cannot be removed, making it too complex a plastic to recycle.

So ditch it and replace it with the (almost) as useful fabric wax wrap, which are compostable.

There are a few companies that sell them but they are super easy to make.

Here is how:

Preheat your oven to 85°C.⠀⠀
Lay your piece of fabric flat on your oven tray. Sprinkle the fabric liberally with your beeswax pellets.⠀⠀
Place in the oven for around 5 minutes, until the beeswax has all melted. Keep an eye on it the whole time to avoid burning.⠀⠀
Once all the beeswax has melted remove the tray from the oven and quickly use your silicone basting brush to evenly distribute the beeswax. The beeswax will start to set as soon as you take it out of the oven so you want to do this bit very quickly.⠀⠀
As soon as you’ve done this use the tongs to remove the fabric and hang it up to dry. It will take only minutes to set and then it’s ready for use.⠀⠀
If you find you’ve got too much beeswax on your fabric then simply place back in the oven for a few minutes until the beeswax has melted. Then brush down with your silicon brush again.⠀⠀
To remove the beeswax from your oven tray and basting brush wash in hot water.⠀⠀

I tend to use these for kids packed lunch only, as I usually just put leftovers in a bowl with a plate on or in one of my IKEA glass containers with lids but they are great for that too. Careful though, if you send your kids to school with these as they sometimes end up all crumbled at the bottom of their bags.

Beeswax wraps are readily available in most local health food, zero waste shops, as well as some gift-shops. But if you cant find them locally, here are a few online shops that sell them:

The Bees Wrap Company

Vegan Food Wrap

Plastic Freedom

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