*Updated on 01/11/17
A few months ago, when I was absentmindedly scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I came across a surprisingly interesting ad. It was from a company who had designed a sustainable alternative to plastic food wrap. I was intrigued how melting beeswax and other substances onto a sheet of cotton would create an equivalent to Clingfilm.
I was tempted to buy some of the wrap and try it out for myself, but after seeing how much it cost per sheet, I reconsidered how to get hold of it without spending as much money.
As someone who watches Youtube tutorials for everything (including ‘how to write a blog’) I thought I’d take my search there. There were thousands of results, so I watched a tutorial video of how to make it on your own and decided to buy the ingredients.
It was surprisingly simple to make, and even quite enjoyable, this coming from someone who is terrible at all things arts and crafts. I even remembered to take photos of the step-by-step process, which I’ve included below.
If you’re interested in making your own, this is how I did it.
The only items I needed to purchase were; Beeswax beads (£4, Amazon), Cotton fabric (£7 for 5 sheets, Hobbycraft) and Pinking shears (£6, Hobbycraft). The only 2 other things I needed were an iron and parchment paper, which I already owned.
I covered the ironing board in parchment paper and placed a cotton sheet on top. I then sprinkled the beeswax beads onto the cotton sheet and layered another sheet of parchment paper on top of the beads.
N.B: if buying a block of beeswax then grate it first
N.B 2.0: the parchment paper is essential, otherwise the melted wax will ruin the iron and board.
I made the food wrap a few weeks ago and it’s been working brilliantly. The tin foil and Clingfilm haven’t been used since. On certain items, I do use an elastic band to help hold the wrap closed, but I don’t consider this to be an issue, just something to bear in mind.
If you’ve got a half hour to spare, then I’d highly recommend giving it a go.
**EDIT** When cleaning the wraps use cold water and soap (as using hot water will start to melt the wax).
**UPDATE** You may also need to top up the wraps with more beeswax after a few months if the wax is starting to wear off. I’ve been using mine for 3 months now and I’m going to add some more wax to the wraps I use everyday.
Read more articles like this on Emily’s blog, Emily’s Earth.