Beijing is in the forefront of the “no waste” movement. The world is over-polluted with plastic; it’s everywhere in our lives. I am partly to blame as I love ziploc bags, and our family has a huge waste output. One of my friends has been urging me to take a hard look at my plastic fantastic life. I am inspired by her energy and commitment to use less plastic, and be part of making the world a better place for our kids. Another friend made a big order of beeswax wrapping. These wraps can be used for food instead of plastic wrap. Now, I am a bit of a DIY person, and when I got them I investigated how I could make more myself. I found out this was super easy, and I’ll share my newfound knowledge with the rest of Beijing.
I would not recommend wrapping up meats or fish with these wraps as you can only wash them with cold water. The materials and supplies can only be used for this purpose, so use your old stuff and use it in the future only for beeswax wrap making. Check out Roundabout for supplies. If you are lazy and still want to save the world and do you part, check out www.baluchon.net
What supplies do you need to make these non plastic wraps?
- 100 percent cotton fabric, cut into the size you want.
- Baking Tray
- Cheese Grater
How to make beeswax wraps
- Heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius
- Put the fabric on the baking tray
- Grate the bees wax evenly on the fabric – you don’t need a lot
- Place in the oven for less than five minutes, remove when the wax is melted.
- Use the paintbrush to distribute the wax
- Hang to dry. When it’s dry, it’s ready for use!
(Pictures show wraps home made by Baluchon of Shanghai)
Photos: Pauline van Hasselt