*Recommendation Update — As much as I love beeswax food wraps and as well as Beeswrap brand worked when I wrote this article, I no longer recommend Bee’s Wrap brand. Everything I said in this article is correct, however, I found after using it for a short time, the wraps are no longer effective.
After contacting the Bee’s Wrap company and being unsatisfied with their response, I now use and recommend Abeego brand wraps from Canada. The Abeego wrap is still working well after more than 6 months of use.*
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Plastic Food Wrap: To use or not to use?
Plastic wrap works great to keep foods covered and fresh, but is it really a good idea?
Saran and cling wrap has become a “must have” in many homes, but there is no way around it, plastic wrap is B-A-D, bad. Bad for us and bad for the environment.
Although some brands of cling wrap are moving away from PVC (polyvinylidene chloride), the newer LDPE (low-density polyethylene) wraps aren’t much better. Like PVC, LDPE wrap can still leach toxins and endocrine disruptors into our food, especially when heated. Covering hot foods with plastic and/or reheating foods in the microwave can especially be dangerous. (Click here to learn more about the dangers of plastics.)
No Plastic Wrap, Now What?
Have no fear of dried out leftovers! There are some very good green alternatives available including increasingly popular beeswax wraps. They come in just about every size and many colors, or you can make your own. (Pinterest is full links to DIY tutorials.)
Which Beeswax Wrap is Best?
I was very excited when I first learned about beeswax wraps. Finally, a plastic-free, eco-friendly, sustainable food wrap!
The challenge was deciding out of all the options, which one(s) to try. After some research with a preference for made in the USA, I decided to try Bee’s Wrap brand.
Someday soon, I hope to do a DIY repurposed beeswax wrap of my own, but for now, I just couldn’t wait to try them right away! With free shipping from Amazon Prime they were only about $19 for a pack of 3 large wraps, sized 13”x14”.
Why Bee’s Wrap Brand?
Bee’s Wrap brand is hand-made by a small group of women in Bristol, Vermont with organic ingredients/materials: beeswax, organic cloth, tree resin and organic jojoba oil. That’s it! No PVC, no LDPE or anything dangerous for our food or the environment. Awesome!
These wraps are not only made with simple ingredients, they are washable, reusable, and compostable. How exciting it is to know that once they’ve outlived their usefulness, we can toss them in the backyard compost pile and not add to the landfill?!
But, Do They Work?
Yes! The first time I pulled one out of the package to try, my son was watching and asked (in typical teenage-form), “What the heck is that?” Once I told him, he was skeptical and watched as I, for the first time, used the heat of my hands to form the Bee’s Wrap around a bowl. We were both amazed at just how well it worked!
Bee’s Wrap not only does its job — it does it very well — around bowls, plates, cups, etc. and clings to itself to form sandwich and bread wraps! It is also safe to directly wrap cheese, fruits, and vegetables to keep them fresh and ready to store in the refrigerator or your lunch bag.
What I Don’t Like
I once read that with every product there has to be something you don’t like — something that can improve it. Well, this one pretty much has me stumped. My only complaint is that the large size doesn’t cover my 9×13 glass baking dish. (I was hoping for something to keep brownies and desserts fresh.) UPDATE–As I was trying to make this into a complaint, I double checked and found that they offer a bread size 17×23 for only $15 — problem solved. Yeah!
I really do love everything about this product…
…I love the way it works.
…I love the way it replaces plastic-wrap.
…I love that it is hand-made in the USA.
…I love that it’s organic.
…I love that it washes easily and can be reused for about a year.
…I love that when it stops working, it is biodegradable and can be composted in my backyard.
I even love the eco-friendly, minimal, paper packaging!
Plastic wrap can be convenient, but it’s bad for the environment and very bad for us. The good news is that beeswax wraps like the Bee’s Wrap brand is a great organic, effective and compostable replacement option to keep our foods just as fresh!
Have you tried other brands of beeswax wraps or do you make your own? If so, I’d love to hear how they are working for you. Please comment and share your experiences with us!
*Note: In case you’re wondering, I purchased this item with my own money. I didn’t receive any compensation or incentive from the company and I chose the product for my own personal use. If you choose to try this product through my affiliate link, thank you! –I will receive a small amount of compensation and your support of my blog is appreciated!