Goodbye cling film; hello plastic free beeswax wraps
I started this plastic free journey not because I was half way there, but more because I wasn’t. I find the best way to discover how to do something is just to try. It is a bit like writing. You can think about writing as much as you like . You can have all these whizonderful ideas coursing through the synapses, but if you aren’t actually writing then you will never be a writer let alone a good one. I am writing and one day I will be good, or not… and in the same way I have given up plastic and one day I will understand how everyone else does it, or not.
This week I was aided in my pursuit by the lovely Sam from Sussex Forest Activities. She is a bit of a local celebrity, so you may very well have heard of her. Having been using beeswax wraps at home for some time she decided to put on a workshop showing us how to make them and to immediate popularity. There is another one coming up, so if you can do join the fun. If you follow the page you also will be sure not to miss the next topic too. You heard it hear first.. Sam will be helping us in making shampoo bars. Just as well as my plastic bottle is running dry!
Back to beeswax… of course you can decant your left over food into a seal-able container to store it in the fridge, but you need to find both parts of said container first. Is it just me that has one hundred lids that don’t quite fit one hundred bottoms. How does that even happen? There is always a place for cling film, or its equivalent, to quickly chuck over a bowl, tin or round a sandwich while rushing out the door. Beeswax wraps are the perfect equivalent. I have seen this with my own eyes. The cloth becomes tacky, but not sticky and within a few seconds warming with your hands it seals straight to the bowl and makes little parcels out of sandwiches.
As cotton often comes patterned you can even use different patterns for different produces (if so inclined) or children. Sam even showed us a cloth that she had personalized with stamps from Hobbycraft and given to her child for Christmas. Obviously, I love this simple gift that doesn’t buy into commercialism and has a purpose. When dirty just wash the wrap in warm water and it’s good to go again.
To make it you get the pure beeswax pellets and your 100% cotton and you melt the beeswax onto the cotton. But, obviously there is a method in the madness and things to watch out for. If you want to see how to do it and can’t get to Sam’s workshop then I have put together a resource for Patrons from information gleaned from the workshop and my own research. With it in hand you too can get together with a group of friends, or strangers and have a jolly fun time doing something that is, once you know how, easy enough to do while making sandwiches for your kids pack lunch. You might want to give your peers a name sticker though, so you know what to holler as they stick their butt in your hot beeswax as they peer in the oven.
What else have I learnt this week? Well, Johnsons have redeemed themselves with their 100% paper cotton buds and if your greengrocers don’t sell unwrapped cucumber you can always try a courgette instead! This idea has received mixed reviews on Instagram. Have a good week everyone. We can save the planet one household at a time. Healthy planet! Healthy You!