As we all become more aware of the impact of our actions on climate change, striving for a plastic-free lifestyle has become essential. According to Greenpeace, the UK is the second highest producer of plastic waste per capita after the US.
Using cling film is convenient but environmentally costly; it takes centuries to degrade. One alternative is recyclable aluminum foil, but producing it consumes more water and energy than plastic and emits a lot of greenhouse gases. There is a natural product that is environmentally friendly, cheap and convenient: beeswax food packaging.
Made from organic cotton coated with beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, beeswax packaging is an alternative natural food packaging with antibacterial properties.
Although not recommended for use with raw meats, it can be used as a lid to cover bowls or plates of food or to wrap fruits, vegetables, breads, cheeses, herbs, baked goods and other foods for easy portability.
The warmth of your hands softens the beeswax and its sticky texture allows it to mold around the container or stick together to wrap food. It's washable, reusable and compostable, and the durability of cotton means it won't tear.
This depends on the shelf life of each food, but it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three weeks, although the freshness of frozen foods should be monitored due to the so-called "breathable" quality of the packaging.
Each brand gives specific instructions on how to care for beeswax packaging, but most offer the same advice: wash with cold water and mild soap, then air dry and store properly, preferably flat to prevent the wax from creasing too much, although folding is also good.
Avoiding any source of heat, from hot water to the microwave, will prevent the wax from melting. If handled properly, it is designed to last up to a year and is fully recyclable and biodegradable and can be added to a compost pile when finished, rather than the usual landfill.
Most beeswax packaging can be used for up to a year, and possibly longer if properly maintained. Some studies have shown that packaging can be "refreshed" by re-melting the wax in the oven. Place on a baking sheet and set to the lowest temperature - about five minutes should be sufficient. Proceed with caution, as this method does not apply to all packages, and it will melt the wax beyond repair.
These are some of our FAQ's and how beeswax packaging can contribute to the sustainability of the planet. Please contact us to get a quote if you need to purchase.
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