To be honest, when I heard about Bee’s Wrap, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. A food storage product made of sweet-smelling, honey and cotton? How does this alternative to plastic wrap work? Did it work?
A couple of years ago, I made a promise to myself to take steps toward a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle for myself, my husband, our three children (ages 8, 7 and 2) and yes, even our golden retriever, so I put my skepticism aside and like a bee to the hive, buzzed into action to give it a try.
What is Bee’s Wrap?
It’s an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic wrap and baggies. It’s reusable and compostable, and even helps reduce unnecessary waste in our landfills. Cool, right? Even more impressive? It’s safe and sustainable, made with organic cotton muslin, beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin. The beeswax and jojoba oil help to keep food fresh while the warmth of your hands helps form Bee’s Wrap over whatever is covers. The idea is that the wrap holds its shape when it cools, creating a seal.
Okay, this sounded cool, but would it work?
When I first opened the packages of Bee’s Wrap, my nose picked up the sweet smell of beeswax . I’ll admit, like some people who are more sensitive to beeswax and do not prefer it, I thought it was a bit strong and overpowering at first but as the website advertised, it does fade after a couple of uses.
Cool fact: evidently the beeswax scent changes with the season in which it was harvested because it carries the scent of the flowers from which the bees harvested pollen.
Yes, I said a couple of uses. Unlike plastic wrap, it’s reusable!!
Wash the Bee’s Wrap in COOL water with a mild dish soap, air dry, fold and store in a drawer or in a basket on the counter. Honestly, the hardest part for me about reusing the Bee’s Wrap was remembering not to use warm or hot water and to not scrub too hard, not that it’s necessary to do so but sometimes this mama gets a little overzealous with her cleaning.
I used the bread wrap to cover a delicious blueberry streusel bread that my stepmom made for breakfast for my children while my husband and I enjoyed an overnight in Boston. After helping myself to a piece when we got home (because, why not?), I wanted to see if it would really stay fresh with Bee’s Wrap. It did! I covered the loaf with the cloth, lightly touched the beeswax to mold it around the bread and left it on the counter.
For two days, every time I opened the wrap to slice another piece, I expected to find it dried out but it never happened. I thought the wrap kept my food fresher than aluminum foil or plastic wrap. I worried, too, that the food I wrapped with the Bee’s Wrap would take on the smell of honey but that wasn’t the case. If I had one complaint, it would be that the bread had icing on top and it did stick to the Bee’s Wrap but it easily came off.
I also tried the small size with a banana that my two-year-old son opened and then quickly forgot about. I loved that the wrap could be shaped to fit the banana peel and was pleasantly surprised to see that it prevented the banana from turning brown and soggy like can sometimes happen if you put it in a sandwich baggie.
I now keep my Bee’s Wrap in the same drawer as my plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Because you can’t wash it in warm water, the company recommends against using its product on meat so I can’t completely eliminate those options.
What I love most is...
- It folds smoothly and easily, and that it’s safe enough for my children to use. My eight- and seven-year-old daughters can easily use the Bee’s Wrap themselves, since there’s nothing to cut and all they have to do is use the warmth of their hands to mold the material around their leftovers. Plus, no more worrying about my two-year-old son grabbing the aluminum foil or plastic wrap dispenser and cutting himself on those serrated teeth…
- From start to finish, the company pays close attention to the ingredients and materials in its production process. According to Founder Sarah Kaeck, a mama with three children herself, Bee’s Wrap started three-and-a-half years ago in New Haven, Vermont. The fabric and printing is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard. The beeswax is sourced from sustainably managed hives in the U.S, and Bee’s Wrap uses only organic jojoba oil. Bee’s Wrap’s packaging itself is recyclable and plastic-free.
- Bee’s Wrap lasts for up to a year with proper care and regular usage. I’ve been using mine for a couple of months now and they’ve held up well. They do look a bit more worn and broken in after several uses but they remain just as effective. And when they no longer do the trick, the company’s website recommends that at the end of the product’s useful life in the kitchen that you cut the wrap into strips to add to your compost heap, or wrap them around pieces of kindling and use as a natural and effective fire starter. I’ll admit, I won’t go that far but I love that it’s possible to do so.
- Bee’s Wrap comes in several sizes. I tried the medium (10”x11”) and the large (13”x14”), plus the bread wrap (17”x23”) and the sandwich wrap (13”x13”). The company also sells a small (7”x8”) and a baguette wrap (14”x26”).
Honestly, my son’s probably the main reason I’ll continue to use Bee’s Wrap. He’s always starting a snack or walking away from the table with his breakfast or lunch half-eaten. The other day, I simply covered his plate of cut-up Toaster Streudel (don’t judge! ☺) with the large-size of Bee’s Wrap, tossed it in my bag and took it out so he could snack out it in the car while we were running errands. His food stayed fresh, I didn’t worry about it spilling all over the other contents of my Mommy bag and to be honest, I felt a little like an Earth Mama, using a natural product that I could feel good about explaining to my children.
*Disclosure: I was sent a couple of Bee’s Wraps to review and two I purchased on my own. All of the words/opinions about these wonderful wraps are mine!
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