Beeswax coated wraps have been used to preserve food since in the seventh century when the Ancient Egyptians domesticated bee hives to harvest beeswax and honey. One of their uses for beeswax was to make waxed cloths which they used in the preservation of food.
In 1933 the first cling wrap was invented in America as a new use for a substance named Saran, originally discovered in by a worker at the Dow Chemical company. Although we don’t know how much plastic cling film has been sent to landfill and polluted our oceans, there is a natural way to preserve our food and reduce waste.
Meet sisters Rachelle and Petalyn co-owners of Sustainable Wraps
We grew up on a farm surrounded by bush in Northern Tasmania. We had access to an amazing environment and got to play in some incredible nature, swimming in the Mersey River, kayaking, horse-riding in the surrounding hills, and working on our farm. As a result of this upbringing, including parents who were passionate gardeners and growing a substantial amount of our own food, we are also passionate about plants and animals and caring for the environment. says Rachelle
Preserving our future
About 11% of all the greenhouse gas emissions that come from the food system could be reduced if we stop wasting food. In the US alone, the production of lost or wasted food generates the equivalent of 37 million cars’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions. Source: WWF: Fight Climate Change by preventing food waste
The climate is changing and humans have undoubtedly played a role in this. As a result, we see humans as also playing a pivotal role in arresting the change and maintaining a planet that can sustain the billions of people living on it. says Petalyn
How can the Eco Organiser® community help care for the planet?
The Eco Organiser® community can further the goals of sustainability by being living examples of doing what one person, or collectively what a group can do. Being intentional and conscientious in our actions, buying more sustainable products where possible, and supporting others in their efforts is all important in making change happen and continue to happen. says Rachelle
How to use and care for beeswax wraps
Made from beeswax, 100% cotton, pine resin and coconut oil, Sustainable Wraps have antibacterial properties and are the perfect substitute for soft plastics.
Easy to use and ideal to wrap your sandwich, cover your bowl of leftovers or wrap your fruit, cheese and veggies.
- Simply use the warmth and pressure of your hands to mould around your food.
- To look after, you simply wash in cool water, with mild detergent. Avoid hot or meat dishes and reuse up to 12 months.
- When they no longer stick, simply compost.
For more tips for a Sustainable Christmas check out Eco Organiser ABC TV Breakfast https://vimeo.com/247919372 you maybe be surprised how we used a sustainable wrap.
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