Are beeswax wraps environmentally friendly?
Products that are considered eco-friendly are products that are made using sustainable processes and materials. Such products already exist like reusable food wraps made from beeswax. They are considered to be the most environmentally-friendly and practical alternative to single use plastic and cling film.
Plastic Wraps and Cling Film
Plastic waste is one of the most pressing problems that need urgent solutions we are dealing with today. The amount of plastic waste in our landfills and oceans are piling up to a point where we are already experiencing their adverse effects.
While we can all admit that using plastic is convenient, it comes with a cost. Most plastic that we use as food storage contain a toxic chemical known as BPA. Itís a harmful chemical that scientists believe can cause serious health problems. Not to mention, it takes thousands of years to decompose plastic. Which means that the plastic wrap you threw away years ago, still exist.
Cling film is another food wrap we use that is considered toxic. Harmful chemicals are released into the food when heat is applied to cling film. These chemicals are widely considered to be toxic and can be dangerous if we have been exposed to them for a very long time.
Beeswax wraps on the other hand do not contain such chemicals. Made from natural materials, they are biodegradable and do not cause any health problems. They are as versatile as cling films without the added adverse effects.
Just like cling wraps, beeswax wraps can be used in so many ways. You can use them to wrap food, as jar covers and sandwich bags. They are easy to use too. They prevent spillage if used as a jar or bottle cover. And can keep your food fresh and prevent spoilage. When you melt the wax with a palm temperature, it becomes sticky that goes the same property with the cling wrap.
Yet, the most important advantage of beeswax wrap is its reusability. Depending on how you take care of it, it can last for months or even a year with proper care. Caring for your beeswax wrap is simple and easy. You only need to wash them with soap and cold water.
While beeswax wraps are durable, they are still subjected to wear and tear. If cracks start to appear on your beeswax wrap, all you have to do is apply low heat either through ironing or oven, so that the wax can melt evenly on the wrap.
Beeswax wraps come with disadvantages too. One of the main reasons people arenít using beeswax wraps is price. They can be a bit expensive if you are on a limited budget. However, they are more economical over time. You buy single use plastic and discard them after use whereas you can reuse beeswax wraps.
Next is the stickiness of the beeswax wraps. Some people think that beeswax wraps are not pliable enough to completely seal jars and other food containers.
If you do not have the money to invest on a beeswax wrap but you want one, you can make a beeswax wrap yourself. There are many online stores that sell materials to make yourself your own beeswax wrap. Resources on how to make one can be found on the internet as well.
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