The natural reusable food wrap : everything you need to know
Packing and repacking our dishes or leftover meals is part of our daily life. This is not likely to change anytime soon. What changes is our consideration for the planet and our approach to our daily actions. Reducing our ecological footprint on earth and moving to a healthier life is a deep wish for many of us. This constant increase in awareness is causing a significant change in the choice of using alternative food packaging: green and intelligent. Going without food film, parchment paper or aluminum is now easily doable. The natural and biodegradable offer continues to grow. Here is a summary of the possibilities in terms of reusable food packaging.
How to choose a natural food wrap ?
The switch to natural and to alternative food packaging seems obvious if you are concerned about your health and the condition of our planet. The choice to pack or transport our culinary preparations can be made between:
- a coton sheet coated with beeswax or soy wax
- a reusable sandwich baggie
- a snack bag
- a lunch bag
All of these products have a huge advantage over their disposable “competitors”. They are washable, durable, without toxic components and above all ecological! It is for these reasons that choosing alternatives to harmful packaging is obvious.
At home, we recommend that you use a beeswax wrap to cover your leftovers. It is practical, easy to use and adapts to the shape of food and your containers. It effectively covers dishes, bowls and pans. If you wish, this fabric coated with beeswax can be used for picnics or other outings as well. You can use reusable packaging to pack a sandwich or snack and take it with you. Washable in lukewarm water, the beeswax food wrap is ready to be reused instantly. For people allergic to bee production, we recommend a Vegan version film: soy wax!
A sandwich bag or a snack pouch is perfect if you consume your preparations regularly outside the house. We have gotten into the bad habit of using disposable plastic for its ease. Durable solutions are said to be difficult to implement. On the contrary ! A washable sandwich and snack pouch is more than easy to use. With the Velcro closure you can be sure that your food will stay in its place and dry. The sandwich bag is already the right size, you just need to insert your sandwich or cake. In cotton lined with a waterproof fabric your food stays fresh and your backpack or handbag does not risk anything. It is also a perfect solution for your children who will be delighted with the playful and colorful patterns.
Equipped this way, you can all easily go green!
Why choosesustainable food wraps ?
Plastic dominates our lives, it accompanies us everywhere. Though in some cases it is not directly toxic, when it is in contact with food it is a real danger for health. Very universal and used without moderation in the kitchen, plastic film is now to be banned from daily use. Why ? Because it contains two endocrine disruptors, including bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates (also known as PET). These two particles do not tolerate heat or fat and when they come into contact with food, they migrate to food and end up in our body.
As for aluminum, this metal is naturally present in the earth's crust. We are therefore naturally exposed to it. On the other hand, it is also used in food and cosmetology industry, which dangerously increases its level in our blood. We use aluminum in our culinary preparations. Fish in papillotes or roasted camembert are perfect examples. However, contact of this product with our food will cause the transmission of aluminum in it and subsequently we will find our spiced fish in aluminum. Not to mention the ravages of sodas and sugary drinks in cans.
A huge advantage of natural and biodegradable food packaging is that no toxic molecules will be transmitted to food and our bodies. Simply because this type of alternative packaging does not contain it. Foods will keep 100% of their nutritional qualities, their freshness will be prolonged and you will be able to congratulate yourself for choosing a healthy reusable food wrap for you and your loved ones at each bite you take.
What’s a reusable beeswax food wrap ?
The fabric spread with beeswax or in other words a beeswax food wrap is a simple, innovative and revolutionary solution. It is a square or rectangular fabric, in most cases made of organic cotton, covered with beeswax or a mixture of beeswax, vegetable resin and / or jojoba or soybean oil.
With natural antibacterial properties, Bee wrap prolongs the freshness of food and prevents bacteria from multiplying too quickly. Its breathable structure allows food to keep an optimal level of humidity and prevents the proliferation of molds.
Reusable beeswax food packaging is one of the easiest zero waste and plastic free items to adapt to home and outings. In addition, with the cool and modern patterns that will distinguish the dishes, they will quickly make your friends jealous.
How to use beeswax wraps ?
The use of a washable food wrap is trivial. They are great because they adapt to the shape of food, bowls or dishes. Reusable packaging can easily be used to coat pieces of fruit, cheese or pies. Of course, covering the bowls or the saucepans, or using a cloth coated with beeswax to take the sandwiches to work, travel or picnic is just as simple. Thanks to its flexibility and malleability, a cotton sheet coated with beeswax will shape your food shape, regardless of its size or shape, and will not allow any food to escape. The heat from your hands will activate the wax and cause the fabric to stick gently but firmly to the shape. The film coated with beeswax can keep food both cool in the fridge or lying outside.
After using your wax-coated packaging, you just need to rinse it off with lukewarm water and the natural reusable packaging is immediately ready to be reused. It's simple, it's innovative and it's above all healthy, plastic free and zero waste.
Please note however that we strongly advise against using a film coated with beeswax to package raw meat or raw fish. It was not designed for it. For these foods we recommend you use a glass container.
Why use ecological food wraps ?
Simply because reusable ecological packaging is good for your health and for the environment compared to many other types of packaging based on petroleum products. On the health side, reusable food packaging is natural and will therefore not transmit any toxic element in your body. A coated fabric sheet is significantly more hygienic and antibacterial, which prolongs the freshness of food and preserves nutrients. Unlike other packaging, a natural coated film does not carry bacteria and allows food to breathe. You will have the guarantee and the certainty that your food will be kept in the best conditions.
In terms of nature, they are long-lasting and reusable at will. Food packaging made from plastic or other synthetic materials is very difficult to recycle and is at best burnt (releasing toxic gases), if it is not found directly in our rivers or along the roads. Thanks to a cotton coated with reusable wax, the production of waste is reduced easily, efficiently and with each use. Their production does not pollute the atmosphere and does not deteriorate air quality. Washed under lukewarm water, the reusable food packaging will serve you for a long time. If it ever shows up slightly worn, you can just re-coat it with a little beeswax or soy wax and it will be like new.
The advantages of sustainable food film :
- Natural product
- Adapts to all shapes thanks to its plasticity, so won't take up much space in the fridge or bag
- Sustainable and ecological
- Easy to clean (under cold / lukewarm water and possibly with a little natural soap)
- Dries very quickly and is ready to use at will quickly
- Folded and stored, it takes up very little space
- Safe for health and non-toxic for the environment
- Double use: will serve as a small tablecloth (practical when traveling)
- The beeswax scent does not spread to food
- Made of breathable material, it prevents bacteria from multiplying too quickly
- You can make it yourself at home