Workshop: Beeswax wraps
How to make reusable beewax wraps
At Bees4life we want to raise awareness. Not only about the problem of the extinction of bees and pollinators, but also about other major problems of humanity. One of these very urgent problems is the plastic pollution.
In this workshop we teach how to avoid the use of wrapping plastic (also called plastic foil) by proposing a compelling alternative: home-made beeswax wraps.
Let’s get started!
What do we need?
- PURE beeswax
- 100% cotton fabric, second hand fabric if somehow possible
- Cotton scissors
- Ruler & pencil
- Knife or grater
- Baking paper
- Underlay like cardboard to protect the table (very important!)
Step-by-step instructions to make beeswax wraps
1. Get pure beeswax from a trusted beekeeper.
2. Get 100% cotton fabric. (Second hand quality if somehow possible, you can also use old T-Shirts.)
3. Wash, dry and iron the fabric.
4. Cut the fabric into pieces. Sizes used in the workshop are: 10×10 cm, 15×15 cm, 25×25 cm.
5. Grate the beeswax by using a grater or a knife
6. Take some baking paper (at least double the size of the fabric) and place the fabric on top of baking paper. If your fabric is one-sided, place the patterned side facedown.
7. Evenly distribute a liberal amount of beeswax all over the fabric. Add more wax if necessary and make sure you get wax near the edges too.
8. Cover the fabric with the beeswax with the baking paper and iron until the wax is evenly distributed.
9. Lift it up and wait for about a minute until the wax is dried.
10. Save the excess wax on the baking paper for the next time 🙂 .
11. Use the reusable beeswax wraps in your daily routine in order to reduce plastic.
You can use the wraps to cover any food leftover, fruits or vegetables that you want to save for the next day and even shop sweets and bakery items. Don’t use it for row meat and fish!
Use the wrap by moulding it around food products, containers or bowls. This is done by heating the beeswax wrap with one’s hands and then shaping it around the item. The warmth of one’s hands melts the beeswax, softening the wrap enough to create a seal around containers and food products.
To wash the beeswax wraps, rinse the wrap with cool or lukewarm water and eco-friendly dish soap. You can use a cloth or sponge to wipe them down, then rinse off.
Beeswax wrap usually loses its grip after one year and can then be composted.