Five Easy Steps to Make Cheap Beeswax Wraps & Reduce Cling Wrap Use. Film #10 with Morag Gamble (5 mins)

In less than 5 minutes you can make your own beeswax wraps to replace plastic cling wrap. These will last you well over a year and then you can compost them!  Let's do something about the trillions of tonnes of single use plastic swilling around the oceans - contaminating earth's systems and our food system. Please share this.

Watch this 5 minute film to see how to simply and cheaply make your own natural beeswax wraps - to wrap veggies and fruit, leftover bowls, cheese, sandwiches, jar tops, bread loaves, lunchbox snacks and so much more.

Yes, it's a small step, but many small steps, and a sense of commitment to want to make a difference, is more powerful than you may think.  When you take positive steps forward, there's a ripple effect of positive change.

For the method shown in the film, all you need is to make your own beeswax wraps is:

5 easy steps  to make beeswax cloths:

  1. Trim cloth to size (pinking shears make a nice edge - zigzag)
  2. Grate 5-10 grams beeswax
  3. Make a parcel with the wax and wrapped inside the cloth.
  4. Place parcel on hotplate and press down with sandwich press lid for 10-15 seconds. Check and do again if beeswax still unmelted.
  5. Lift off hotplate and hang on line for 1 minute (watch out - it's hot!)
That's it!  Quick and easy aren't they. I'd thought they were going to be much more fiddly than that. 

To wash - simply wipe, rinse off or use warm soapy water - not hot.

To revitalise - after a lot of use, you may wish add a little more beeswax and melt again as above. Helps to keep them sticking well.

Another method: place cloth on a tray in a warm oven. Cover with same quantity of grated beeswax and oil and allow to melt and infuse (about 5 mins in a 50 degree celsius oven). I sometimes use a paintbrush to spread wax to the edges. (You may want a separate old tray to do this on, but you can clean it OK and a little natural beeswax isn't going to hurt).

See a previous post on making beeswax cloths: 
Plastic-wrap free food - DIY beeswax cloths

ONE DAY WORKSHOP: Sept 17: DIY Permaculture Home with Morag Gamble

Come and learn in my garden with me - how to make these beeswax cloths, how to make your own laundry detergent and much more.  Enjoy a tour of my place and a delicious home cooked lunch. Take home the things you make.  BOOKINGS:

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