What are Beeswax Wraps Made Of?In almost every household, the majority of waste comes from the kitchen. This includes food waste as well as single-use plastics. In recent years, beeswax wraps have been on the rise to take the place of single-use cling wrap that is one of the main contributors to plastic waste among households. Our natural beeswax food covers are made in Australia from the highest quality ingredients - but what exactly are beeswax wraps made of?
Organic vs. Regular Cotton
The base of our beeswax wraps is made of GOTS-certified organic cotton. The Global Organic Textile Standard ensures that textiles fitting the organic status are created by harvesting raw materials in an environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible way. Regular cotton is grown using pesticides that are harmful both for the environment as well as human health and the toxins can be traced even in finished textile products. Therefore we only use certified organic cotton in our beeswax wraps to ensure that they are 100% safe as well as ethically-produced and sustainable. Since beeswax food covers can be safely disposed of in compost after their life cycle, there are no toxins released into the environment.
Beeswax is naturally found in beehives as it forms the main structure of a honeycomb where honey is stored. Beeswax has health benefits that have been known to man for centuries, and on top of that, it is a vastly versatile ingredient used in various ways (natural cosmetics, medicine, making candles etc.) Despite being a wax, food-safe beeswax is breathable and therefore ideal for use with organic cotton in natural food wraps. Furthermore, beeswax has antimicrobial properties attributed to propolis*.
Infusing the organic cotton wraps with beeswax makes them pliable and waterproof. As with any waxy substance, contact with warm hands makes these wraps more workable, while cooler temperatures make them stiffer.
Tree Resin and Coconut Oil in Beeswax Wraps
One of the main features in cling wrap that people prefer is its ability to stick together and seal things in properly. In order to recreate that in reusable beeswax wraps, tree resin is used. Tree resin is a fluid produced by trees and it is naturally tacky. When used in beeswax wraps, it adds pliability and adhesiveness. Similar to beeswax, tree resin is also celebrated for its antimicrobial properties.
Coconut oil contributes to the beeswax being smoother and allowing the wraps to be folded and stored without cracking.
For that reason, beeswax wraps really are the best alternative to cling wrap and you can rest assured that by making the switch you are not only contributing to cutting waste but also introducing a more natural way of living into your everyday life.