Creative and fun alternatives to plastic – Part 1

#plasticfree #beeswaxwraps #beeswax

There’s been a lot in the media recently about the damage plastic is doing to our environment. There is a lot of evidence which can’t be denied or ignored anymore., so we thought we would make August our month to find creative and fun plastic alternatives to use around the house.

This week we’ve found this wonderful Good Housekeeping craft project to make and use in the kitchen. Bees wax food wraps. Use these as an alternative to plastic wrap or bags you may currently use to wrap sandwiches and cover left over meals.

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Cosmetic-grade beeswax pellets
• 100% cotton fabric
• Scissors or pinking shears
• Brush
• Parchment paper
• Baking sheet
• Hanger (optional)
• Binder clips or clothespins (optional)
• Ruler (optional)

LAB TIP: Some tutorials call for jojoba oil or powdered pine resin, but we found that these more expensive ingredients didn’t add any major benefits in our tests.

1. Cut the fabric.
Preheat the oven to 200°F or the lowest setting. Cut the fabric into sizes that will fit on your baking sheet. For a snack bag, use a 7″ by 14″ piece of fabric. A 14″ by 14″ square will cover most sandwiches. Pinking shears will help prevent your swatches from fraying, but scissors will also get the job done.

2. Place on a baking tray.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the fabric on top. If your fabric is one-sided, place the patterned side face-down. Use a fresh piece of parchment paper each time you make another wrap.

3. Sprinkle the pellets.
Evenly distribute a liberal amount of beeswax pellets all over the fabric. Make sure you get pellets near the edges too.

4. Melt and spread the beeswax.
Place the sheet in the oven for about 4-8 minutes. When the pellets melt completely, take the tray out and use a paintbrush to spread the wax evenly over the entire fabric.

NOTE: The beeswax will stick to the brush, so use one you’re okay discarding or saving to make future beeswax wraps.

5. Let dry.
Using tongs, remove the fabric from the baking sheet. It should feel cool to the touch after waving it for a few seconds in the air. Hang the fabric up to dry or set it on the back of a chair with the beeswax side facing up.

6. Customize your wraps.
Once the beeswax has set and is not very tacky, you can add buttons or hand-sew them into small pouches.

Snack Bags: Use a 7″ x 14″ piece of fabric. Once dry, fold the fabric in half with the non-treated sides facing inward. Hand sew the two sides together, leaving the top open. Turn the bag inside out, and add a button as a closure or stitch Velcro to both sides.

Sandwich Wraps: Use a 14″ x 14″ piece of fabric. On the patterned side, sew a button in two adjacent corners. To close, put the side with the buttons face down. Fold the fabric into thirds around the sandwich. Flip and fold the ends of the fabric up so the buttons are on top. Wrap twine around them in a figure-eight pattern for a secure closure.

How to Care for Your Beeswax Wraps
Wash your wraps by hand in cool water with a mild dish soap. Place them on a drying rack or clothesline to dry. Avoid any heat such as hot water, microwaves, or ovens that will cause the beeswax can melt, ruining your wraps.

If you want to look at the images for this craft idea, here’s the website address

If you have any photos of beeswax creations send them to rosehyslop@layhead.co.uk and we’ll share them on our blog.

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