According to the EPA, the United States uses over 380 billion plastic bags and wraps every year. Unfortunately, plastic bags aren't biodegradable, and in Kent County they aren't recyclable either. Even though many places offer to recycle, the majority of bags end up in landfills. While finding ways to reuse these materials does help, replacing them with more sustainable and reusable products helps cut down on demand and production.
Beeswax wraps are a great alternative to cling wrap and plastic bags. While many are available for purchase online, it is quite simple to make these at home! This will also help save on the cost which can add up quickly. Watch our video for a basic overview of the process and if you are interested in trying it yourself check out this website. It offers some great information and a basic recipe. You can even sew fabric into sandwich bag shapes before waxing for an alternative to a bag. A lot of fabric stores sell leftover quarters and these are a great size to use.
~Beeswax (will break and crack slightly if used by itself)
~Jojoba oil (softens)
~Pine resin (helps it cling and stick better)
~Small 18 x 20 cm/7 x 8 inch
~Medium 25 x 28 cm/10 x 11 inch
~Large 33 x 35 cm/13 x 14 inch
~Extra large for bread loaves 35 x 40 cm/14 x 16 inch
A note on Candelilla wax: Through our research, we found that the lack of safety measures and working conditions offered to those who harvest and produce the wax, so it isn't considered fair-trade. Another vegan alternative is soy wax.