We are all aware of the negative effects of plastic, in any form, on the environment. Especially if this plastic is difficult or extremely costly to be recycled. One of these cases would be plastic wrap, used to keep our sandwiches fresh on the way to work, or to keep our half-eaten fruit salad in the fridge, as none of us have lids for most of the bowls we use throughout the day.
Environmentally conscious minds might preferably opt for aluminium foil to use instead of plastic wrap, as it is known that metal can be more easily recycled, as compared to plastic. However, this is not necessarily the case, as most of the aluminium foil used will end up in landfills where it will take around 400 years to decompose. Additionally, in the production process of 1 ton of aluminium foil, there are 12 tons of greenhouse gasses emitted.
This is where Bee’s Wrap steps up to the task. Invented, designed and produced by Sarah Kaeck, Bee’s Wraps have all the properties that aluminium foil and plastic cling wrap have – without the negative side effects. The production process does not emit harsh greenhouse gasses and the individual wrap can be reused up to a year.
Bee’s Wrap is made from “GOTS-certified organic cotton, sustainably sourced beeswax from the United States, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin.”The outcome is a malleable and reusable food wrap, that quite frankly looks good, although that is not the primary interest that the consumer would have in mind. When using the Bee’s Wrap, you rely on the warmth of your hands to form a lid for, or a package around the items you want to preserve. This applies equally well for leftovers as well as fresh items such as a loaf of bread. Bee’s Wrap does exist in several sizes, the standard – small, medium and large – sizes are 17×20 cm, 25×28 cm and 33×35 cm respectively.
To care for your Bee’s Wrap, it suffices to simply wash it after usage with cold to lukewarm water, while only using mild detergent. It is recommended to air-dry it and keep it away from sources of heat such as warm water or microwaves. Additionally, there are some composites of the Bee’s Wrap that have antibacterial properties, namely the beeswax itself as well as de jojoba oil, which in turn help to keep your food fresh and allow for continuous usage of the Bee’s Wrap.
As to the lively and fitting designs, these were initially crafted in collaboration with Charleston design firm ‘Stitch Design Co.’ but as the vision evolved, Kaeck brought Carey Jane Stoudt on board to bring her visions to life. Now, each wrap is individually packed into a cardboard box fitted with a window to show off the fancy design. Sarah Kaeck gathers the inspiration for her designs on walks through the woods and nature reserves of her home state, Vermont. This inspiration is then turned into a sketch that she provides her designer Carey with, who in turn takes the sketches back to the studio to finalise a draft.
As Bee’s Wrap is an eco-friendly solution to plastic wrap or aluminium foil, it only makes sense that it is completely compostable, even in non-industrial conditions. For those individuals which do not have access to a compost, Bee’s Wraps can also easily be used as an eco-friendlier alternative to chemical fire-starters, perfect for a barbecue or cosy campfire. In any case, it is of immense use and, through this product, we as consumers can make a noticeable difference when it comes to sustainability and environmental protection.