In exploring more zero waste moves, I recently purchased a few beeswax wraps made by Launceston based Tasmanian business, Sustomi.
The wraps are a very simple design of cotton embedded with a mixture of Tasmanian beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin. The result is a generally stiff but pliable square that can be folded and moulded into various shapes with the heat of your hands, and which is breathable and water resistant.
The obvious beauty of beeswax wraps is that you can use them again and again, doing away with the need for usual single use products like Glad Wrap or small food plastic bags. Cleaning is as simple as wiping with a warm damp cloth or sponge and then letting air dry.
So far, the only thing I’ve really been using the wraps for have been to cover leftover food stored in the fridge, but there is definitely a level of satisfaction I feel knowing I’m not wasting any extraneous plastic, especially if I’m finishing something merely from the day before.
The Sustomi wraps come in a variety of really cute patterns but also in plain hemp as well. Sizes range from small to extra large, enough to wrap a loaf of artisan bread.
If you’re looking for a really small way to move towards reducing waste, this is a great place to start.