Can you replace plastic and cling film with beeswax wraps?
Beeswax food wraps have been touted as the eco-friendly alternative to cling film and single plastic. They are made from beeswax and other natural materials. But can they replace cling film and plastic?
Several studies have shown that plastic have an adverse effects to both humans and the environment. With the continued use of single use plastic and accumulation of trash, most of which are plastic waste in landfills and oceans, most countries are scrambling to find solutions to reduce our waste and prevent further damage to our planet. Reusable eco-friendly items that are both practical and economical such us beeswax wraps have seen rise in popularity over the years.
Unlike plastic wraps and cling films, beeswax wraps have no clear adverse effects on human health. BPA or bisphenol A is a chemical used to make certain plastic products including those we use to store our food. Some research has shown the link between BPA and serious health problems like increased blood pressure. Further studies suggest that BPA can seep into our food and beverages.
Generally, beeswax wraps can be used in wrapping any type of food that you can usually pack with the plastic ones. From sliced fruits to bread to cheese to vegetables, you can wrap almost any food in your kitchen with beeswax wraps. If you want to enjoy a waste free meal at work or school, you can wrap your sandwich with a beeswax wrap.
There are several ways on how to fold beeswax wraps if you intend to wrap it for food. You can start by making a sachet shape where pieces of food can be placed inside. Next is by folding it like an envelope by folding the corners. You can also fold the edges of the wrap to form a chic pouch.
More than just food wraps, beeswax wraps can also be used to cover bowls and pots. If you want the wrap to remain in place, you can use either a string or rubber band or just fold the wrap over the edges and hold it for a couple of seconds. The beeswax wrap will stay folded because of its remodelling characteristic making it very versatile.
However, there are certain things you need to keep in mind when using beeswax wraps. Much like any other wax, they melt when exposed to extreme high temperatures. They’re heat resistance is too low and the only time you need to somewhat apply heat to your beeswax wrap is to refresh them when cracks start to appear. Hence, avoid using it on hot food items or as covers on hot food containers. Never use a dishwasher or washing machine to clean your beeswax wraps.
Another drawback of using beeswax wrap is you can’t use them to wrap raw meat. You do not want anything that you plan to reuse later to touch the surface of raw meat due to health concerns.
In conclusion, beeswax wraps have many uses and can definitely replace the single plastic and cling films in your kitchen. While they have limitations on their own in terms of usage, the advantages of using them far outweigh these limitations. Many people are discouraged in buying them due to their price tag but they can be economical in the long term.
Beeswax wraps are practical and eco-friendly alternatives to cling film and single use plastic. By using them, we can significantly reduce our plastic waste.
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