“Surely there's an eco-friendly and sustainable way to wrap my lunch?" I think to myself as I use plastic, single-use cling film to conceal my bagel for lunch at yet another day at work.
The single-use swap initiative, that me and other Sea-Society members took part in, was the incentive I needed to identify other methods in keeping my lunch fresh! Into ‘Ecosia’ (the search engine that plants a tree every 100 searches you make) I begin my research. I then find beeswax wraps.
Beeswax wraps are made from infusing beeswax, rosin (also used on bows of stringed instruments), coconut oil, and jojoba oil (liquid produced by the seed of the jojoba plant), with fabrics such as cotton. It is breathable and allows food to stay fresher for longer, therefore reducing food wastage.
Onto Amazon I Went (making use of my prime student discount). I then came across beeswax wraps from ‘BeeBambu’. Small, medium and large wraps for £7.99 - some may argue that this is pricey, however the wraps last around a year (and you don’t need to buy cling film). They are also a small company based in London, which aim to “make a real difference in reducing the impact that our consumerism has on the planet’.
They arrived before single-swap July began and I started using the medium (blue and white polka dot) wrap straight away. As advertised it kept my bagel fresh, and unlike cling-film, it did not squish my bagel in my bag, or rip open. My lunch still tasted the same also, maybe even more so as I knew i was being eco-friendly too!
Maintenance is pretty straight forward: Cold water and a sponge with some Fairy (other detergents available), then air dry.
I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING BAD TO SAY ABOUT THIS PRODUCT!
1) THEY COME IN VERY PRETTY PATTERNS
2) THEY ARE FIT FOR PURPOSE
3) THEY ARE REASONABLY PRICED
4) THEY ARE ECO-FRIENDLY
If you, like me, don't want a squished lunch, and want to make more single use swaps I really do recommend beeswax wraps!
Don't worry, Bee happy!
- Belinda Collington