Since we’ve been together, Jon and I have been at least somewhat conscious of our overall impact on the planet. We try to do our part when it comes to recycling—in fact, Tonawanda just upgraded our little recycling bins to big, brand-spanking-new totes last week, and we are pretty excited to cram ours full each Wednesday night! We also carpool to work and, while it can get annoying blaming each other for why one of us is late (it’s a mutual tardiness, honestly), I actually really enjoy it. Besides, when else would I put on my makeup? But even doing these and other little things to try to take care of Mother Earth as best we can, I am always disheartened when I have to use plastic wrap.
You might be thinking, “Wow, what a silly thing to be bothered by, Ellie!” But I argue that not only is plastic wrap wasteful, it’s also infuriating. We’ve all done the little dance where the cling film decides to be particularly clingy, so you try to pull it apart, float it through the air, and gently place it where you need it to go . . . all to no avail. It’s dumb. Like, I get that it’s job is to cling, but jeepers. And don’t get me started on when the edge rips and you don’t notice until it’s all wrapped around itself—now imagine a commercial-sized version of that, and that’s what I walked into basically every weekend when I was a prep cook. SO MUCH WASTED CLING FILM.
Okay, so now that my rant is over, I’ll tell you how I came back from the brink of declaring war on plastic wrap. It’s called Bees Wrap, and I’m in love. Here’s a little low-down on the product: As per the About Us page on the website, Bees Wrap uses organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. The look and feel of the wraps remind me of tea towels that’ve been dipped in wax (which I think is the basic idea). The founder, Sarah Kaeck, says that when they first got started, she would wax each sheet by hand(!!) in her home. To use them, to, for example, cover a bowl, you place the sheet over the bowl and use your hands to fold the cloth over the edges. The warmth of your hands melts the wax to shape the sheet and seal it to the bowl. The best part is that you can reuse these: just rinse them in cool water with mild cleanser, let them dry, and that’s it! The instructions that come with the wraps say each sheet can last up to a year, which is way longer than any plastic wrap I’ve ever met.
I can’t remember how I first learned about this product; it might have been in this BuzzFeed video (BuzzFeed haters gonna hate—it’s fine; you do you). But let me tell you, this shit was hard to come by. After I saw it wherever I saw it, I went to the website to check it out . . . and EVERYTHING was sold out. I’m not kidding. It went viral after the video (Bees Wrap confirmed it on their website), and this small, Vermont-based company was working super hard to keep up with the new demand. So I signed up for their email list because I wanted to be one of the first to know when new stock came in, plus you got 10 percent off your first order. I wasn’t joking around. Sadly, I don’t check my personal email too often—Jon yells at me all the time for this, but I’m just slowly shaping him into my personal secretary, you just wait. By the time I checked my promotions inbox and found a Bees Wrap message, everything was already sold out. AGAIN. After a few rounds of this cat-and-mouse game, I finally hit the website when some wraps were still in stock. I honestly barely cared what kind of wraps they were, I just wanted to get my paws on some.
I went a little crazy for my first Bees Wrap purchase, which included a baguette wrap (cuz we fancy AF), a bread wrap (we love carbs), and singles of the small, medium, and large wraps. My only complaint is that I wasn’t patient enough to wait for more options to come in stock because I believe you save some money by buying the variety packs. But whatever. I was happy to spend a little extra on a small, awesome business . . . plus I had that 10 percent off, so maybe it balanced out.
The wraps have surpassed my expectations. They smell amazing, first off, and make me feel very connected to nature when the scent of beeswax wafts through the kitchen, it’s great. And—more important—they do what they say they do. I used the small wrap on half of a lemon and days later, when I went to use it, it was still perfectly fine. I honestly did not expect the lemon to hold up that long. We’ve used the bread wrap on some of Jon’s homemade tomato-basil bread (watch for a Yeast Confection post coming on that!) and it kept for at least a week on our counter. Not one bit of staleness. My favorite thing to use these for, though, is cheese. We were using plastic wrap or plastic sandwich bags for our blocks of cheese, and it was breaking my heart. But with the medium-sized Bees Wrap, my heart is healed. The only issue I had, actually, was when I didn’t seal the wrap enough and a little bit of the cheese dried out, but I take full responsibility for that one.
I love these wraps so much that I bought a bunch for my sister, who is very earth-conscious and resourceful (she’s made her own Pop-Tarts and Cheez-Its, so I assumed she would love something like this). But they’re perfect for anyone and everyone, and you should definitely try them out. If you think they are a little pricey, just imagine all the money you’ll save not paying for cling film for a year. I encourage you to check out the Q&A page on the Bees Wrap website for more info, and watch the really nice videos featuring the company’s founder.
Another awesome fact: the business has grown to the point that they had to hire more help, and they now employ five women from their community. #girlpower