Mica Da Silva - Beeswax Wrap
Beeswax Wraps - A cool alternative to horrible cling wrap
My mission has become to eliminate plastic from my home completely. Throughout the process I have found some fantastic alternatives however less when it comes to the kitchen. One does not want to skimp on hygiene and convenience (especially in that particular area of the home) to the point where function becomes impractical, which is why I think the transition to plastic free alternatives has been a slow one in the home.
There is lots of traditional wisdom in the way we used to live before plastic that can be used, however often that means time consuming methods and practices that our busier lifestyles cannot support. I find beeswax wraps are an ideal combination of traditional wisdom and modern necessity and practicality; not only are they functional, versatile and reusable; they only take a few minutes to make, are very easy to clean and maintain, but they also help eliminate clutter items like plastic tupperwares, cling wrap and tin foil. That means more kitchen storage space, less to buy and less to clean which means a healthier environment both in and out the home. Beeswax wraps have so many uses from storing cheese in the refrigerator to wrapping school lunches to keeping bugs out of exposed food outdoors.
The use of organic beeswax means you have the added benefit of preventing harmful chemicals and potential problems like plastic leeching from entering into your food. The wax also acts as a natural sealant keeping moisture out which can add longevity to fresh produce, and because the wraps are easy to shape and/or cut to size, you can customise them for your particular needs. I love the fact that this product creates a demand for beeswax helping beekeepers sustain themselves, which in turn means the survival of our ever precious bees.
I love using traditional fabric as an ode to African culture and its vibrant creativity. And knowing less plastic will end up in the ocean is the ultimate goal and motivation. I hope my entry encourages others to search for or create alternatives, think about what is accessible locally and consequentially create less of a demand for plastic forcing manufacturers to change. The choice is ours.