DIY REUSABLE FOOD WRAPPING MADE OF BEESWAX

Dienstag, April 10


9:38 AM Before starting my fight against the plastic and ocean pollution, I was actually doubting if I could do all of this. Being new to this, I asked myself a thousand questions and I had zero answers which didn't calm me down. I was lazy and naive then and said to myself that I'm maybe not made for this kind of lifestyle...I care about our planet, but where I live, it feels harder to succeed the way I want to. You might know what I'm talking about...

There are places which have zero waste supermarkets and you have plenty of shops which go green, but then again you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, where no one cares about sustainability, so why should there be stores around which care about this? Just a couple of days ago, I told you about my supermarket struggle in Germany... god, there's even more to explore while becoming green.

I started structuring each room — I guess the kitchen is the most important one: storage, wrapping, food, cleaning brushes, cutlery, anything you can imagine. I wrote a list and quit right away — who can afford this? I actually have to reinvest into a new kitchen ware collection...
A day after, I picked up my list again. If I quit and don't do it now, I won't ever do it. I know that this is our main issue...we can't see the light at the end of the tunnel — getting there is pretty hard so we might just don't start at all!

I started to "redesign" my kitchen stuff step by step. Don't put too much pressure on yourself and change everything within a week... One of the latest things I did (I'm in my second year...) is buying a bunch of glass bottles, since I want to start making my own milk! One step at a time is my motto...

Today I want to show you something which caused a lot of confusion and frustration! In the US, I saw so many people starting using beeswax paper for storing their food or wrapping their lunch. Ohhh that sounds good!!! I did my research and to cut a long story short: $$$$... This awesome thing is not the cheapest and it also needs to be shipped to Germany — I'm out.
Any alternative?
Nahhh...

Until I found a tutorial to do it myself — challenge accepted! I got my organic towels, cut them to my wished sizes and got myselt a package of white beeswax drops. My kitchen smelled awful and it was quiet a lot of work, but price wise I think that was a great idea!

I am so excited to have found this diy, so I can live sustainable wherever I want!

This diy is also a great family project — spend an afternoon together and educate each other on plastic wrapping and food waste!


DIY REUSABLE BEESWAX WRAPPING

YOU NEED a bunch of towels or older fabric (I bought 2 organic tea towel sets from H&M) + 250-500g white beeswax drops + a saucepan + a thick brush + newspaper as a basis to keep the kitchen table clean


1. Put all the beeswax drops in a saucepan and let them melt on medium heat. Put newspaper on your table to protect the surface from wax!
2. While the wax is getting warm, take out your towels or older fabrics and think about the size you want to cut! A tiny help could be taking out your most used dishware and think about the veggies and fruits which you have to cover all the time. In my case I cut tinier circles for cucumbers, lemons, limes, and tomatoes; bigger circles for oranges or anything larger; and huge rectangles for covering casseroles, sandwhiches, or cookies.
3. Now if the wax is all transparent and warm, start covering your fabrics from both sides. You can either way pour wax with a spoon and spread it with a brush! Or you do my trick which I realized at the very end - throw the pieces inside the pan, toss and fish them out really quick. With this method, I realized that the wax is really wrapping the whole fabric plus the wax surface will also be even. With brushing I noticed some of my pieces being uneven or having too much wax on some points...
4. When you are done with each piece, let it dry on a clothes rack and make sure to remove any extra wax on the edges.
5. After 20 minutes, make sure to check on your wrapping pieces...are they elastic? If they are too stiff, don't worry, put them in your hands and treat them like paperballs which you want to throw away!
6. Put them aside over night to let them fully dry (just to make sure)!
7. Store them in a container or your pantry!


Phew, sounds like so much work...I know it does and it kind of is! But it always depends on how many pieces you will cover and how big they are! I covered 15 tiny bits which was a pain in the butt... BUT FOR MOTHER NATURE IT WAS WORTH IT!

Try it yourself and save some money on this stupid wrapping chaos! #fortheoceans
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