An Earth-Friendly Alternative
Beeswax wraps are the earth-friendly version of plastic wrap and plastic food storage baggies! Why are they earth-friendly, you say? Great question. First and foremost, they are reusable (and with that, washable). You can reuse these wraps for approximately a full year. By choosing a reusable item, you are saying a big 'NO, thank you' to single-use waste. The other reason beeswax wraps are earth-friendly is that they are made from 100% compostable materials. At the end of their life-span, the wraps can biodegrade in your own back yard and not end up in the landfill or as ocean pollution.
Handmade & Handpainted
Bee Kind wraps are handmade in Vancouver with GOTS certified organic cotton and saturated with a blend of pine tree resin, organic jojoba oil, and beeswax sourced from Halfmoon Bay and the Saskatchewan prairies. These wraps are extra special for another reason: each one of our designs was originally handpainted by Mama Bee Kind (our loving name for our founder's mom)! Shop the designs here.
How to Use
Hold the wrap in your hands and feel your body heat soften the beeswax. The heat of your hands is the key to making the wrap sticky, flexible, and soft! A cold wrap will feel stiff and definitely 'un-sticky'.
Use gentle pressure to seal the wrap to the desired form (over top of a bowl, around a block of cheese, etc). The wraps sticks to most surfaces, but always seals best to itself. Use a 'pleat' method to achieve this. Make sure the wrap is properly sealed before placing the item back in the fridge. Just like any container or plastic wrap, if it's not sealed properly, your fridge air can definitely dry out your food!
Bee Kind wraps can be used to cover ends of half-cut produce, cover bowls and containers, wrap up blocks of cheese, wrap sandwiches and snack on-the-go, keep bunches of herbs fresh, wrap loaves of bread, and keep heads of leafy greens crisp. Do not wrap raw meat or raw fish.
The wraps are slightly breathable (just a tiny bit!) which means that the gasses given off by your aging food are able to escape, instead of rotting it and turning it slimy. The beeswax itself has naturally antibacterial qualities, which are also excellent for storing food. You'll find that beeswax wraps keep your food fresh MUCH longer than airtight plastic wrap.
Beeswax wraps are washable (thank goodness, considering you're keeping them for over a year)! The beeswax coating gives them some specific washing instructions though. Think of the wrap like your favorite wool sweater: sturdy, but is a little picky about it's washing conditions.
Bee Kind wraps can last a year or more with proper care. When they are no longer sticky, cut the wrap into strips and place them in the compost or dig right into your garden! Old Bee Kind wraps also make great fire starters and can be brought with you on your next camping adventure!