So many people have been buzzing about this new alternative to plastic bags. Beeswax wraps are the new sustainable and reusable way to keep your food fresh while keeping the planet clean! What’s not to like about these new wraps!?
We all try so hard to make sure we’re buying the freshest produce; unfortunately, food spoils. And once food goes rotten, there’s no bringing it back to its former glory. That’s why we have to store our food properly to prolong the freshness! This is especially true for all the meal preppers out there!
Most of us are still using harmful plastic wraps, but there is an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wraps: Beeswax wraps! To keep myself away from any biases, I will be going over the different pros and cons that come with this new storage trend!
Pros of Beeswax Wraps
Of course, the first pro to beeswax wraps is that it’s made from materials that are natural and let you feel good and guilt-free! Bee’s wax, jojoba oil, tree resin, and organic cotton are all it takes to keep your food fresh for days and days! To put it simply, the first three ingredients are painted in a thin layer on sheets of the organic cotton. Ta da! You now have Besswax wraps!
Here’s another terrific advantage? Reusability!
Once you’re finished with your wrap, all it takes is a little soap and cool water (hot water melts the wraps), and let it air dry. Done and done! You can now use it again.
Unfortunately, like fresh food, beeswax wraps will eventually stop working as well. After a year, the wraps will lose their ability to be wrapped effectively. On the bright side, because it’s natural, you can cut it into strips for compost. It also works as a nice fire-starter! Talk about useful!
Cons of Beeswax Wraps
That sounds nice and all, but what are the reasons that would make people not want to make the switch to beeswax wraps?
While it is nice how relatively bendy the wraps are – the warmth from your hands causes the wax to be more pliable, so you can press it onto the rim of a glass container or a sandwich – there are people that complain the wrap isn’t pliable enough to get a complete seal. And, when it comes to keeping food fresh, a complete seal is almost the most important factor to consider.
Beeswax wraps are also not ideal for wrapping things like raw meat. And, although being able to just wash and reuse is handy if you’re at home, if you wrap a sandwich for a trip to the park or something, you have to carry the wrapper all day with you after the sandwich is eaten. You can’t just throw it away because you’ll want to reuse it. With a
Finally, beeswax wraps can be a little pricey. If you consider the reuse aspect then the price is worth it, a single large wrap can cost you over $7 and a set of three small wraps is around $16!
What’s The Verdict?
Personally, when you look at how much you can actually reuse the plastic wraps (a whole year before I have to throw it out? Yes please), the price is not a big deal to me. Plus, if the improper seal stems from not pliable enough wax, it sounds like the solution is just making sure to warm the wax enough to make a solid seal. Another easy solution.
The pros have totally sold me on making the switch to beeswax wraps, and I hope you’re also convinced to make the switch. The positives they bring are just too good to pass up! So, find some beeswax wraps for yourself and join me in using an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags!