The popularity of reusable food wraps are growing very quickly as people are actively trying to reduce waste, some as part of the zero-waste movement. As part of a more sustainable lifestyle, I’m always keen to buy sustainable, eco-friendly and zero waste products as you probably know already.
Beeswax and vegan food wraps are a great natural alternative to plastic wrap, which will most likely end up in landfill or the ocean, causing extensive damage to marine life.
Plastic food wrap is generally made of polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC), PVC or polyethene. It is very difficult to recycle and can potentially leach harmful chemicals into food products so I think it is best to be avoided as much as possible.
About BEE Zero Waste
BEE Zero Waste is a small independent company based in Leicester UK who makes beeswax and vegan reusable food wraps using locally sourced ingredients. They are focused on helping customers go ”Zero Waste” and they back the U.K. beekeeping industry, which is always a plus.
I like that they are very local as this will naturally reduce the carbon footprint of the product itself, given that it doesn’t have to travel too far to get to you. Leicester is about an hour away from where I’m based and it always feels good to support local small businesses, especially during tough trading times like we have currently.
Vegan Food Wrap Materials and Ingredients
The vegan wraps that I have been testing are made with candelilla wax and a blend of other locally sourced plant-based waxes which includes natural pine resin, organic cold-pressed raw coconut oil. The fabric used is 100% Natural Cotton and it comes in an assortment of colours and sizes. I don’t believe the cotton is not organic, which is a shame.
BEE Zero Waste’s Packaging
You’d be happy to know that their packaging is plastic-free, which is always a great plus in my opinion. The product is nicely wrapped in a brown cardboard envelope tied with a cheeky little bow as pictured. The packaging looks natural and made me feel that I’m about to find a quality, eco-friendly product inside.
These wraps carry a 30-day money-back guarantee, showing the company’s confidence and commitment to quality and great customer service, which is a win.
Overall Food Wrap Quality and Performance
The version I was sent came in 4 sizes and an assortment of bright colours which I quite liked. There are more than enough size variations to cover most daily uses in the average kitchen.
From the moment I opened the package, it was clear that this product is of better quality than some of the other cheaper versions you can find online. It is coated with a generous layer of wax and I found it quite easy to mould to containers. It sticks to bowls without much fuss and returns to its normal shape with ease.
As you continue to use these wraps slightly discoloured lines will appear, that’s normal and nothing to worry about, it has happened with all the reusable wraps I’ve used including the beeswax ones.
One of the wraps I used had a slight discolouration and made a bowl imprint but it didn’t seem to affect how the product functioned. After 2 weeks use it was performing as new, the wax was starting to get a bit softer which makes the product material more flexible and mouldable.
Best Ways to Use Reusable Vegan Food Wraps
If you think about how you would traditionally use plastic food wrap, these sustainable alternative wraps will go everywhere the plastic version will. Cover bowls of food in the fridge or freezer or wrap a sandwich for lunch. They also make a nice eco-friendly and sustainable gift – I don’t think plastic wrap can say the same!
Cleaning and Product Care
These vegan wraps are so easy to clean, just wash them using a cloth and a little bit of washing up liquid. Let it dry, I hang mine over my tap to dry and once done they’re good to wrap something new.
Depending on how regularly you use them, you can rewax any reusable food wrap every so often when they become less sticky and worn. If you do end up staining them you can soak them in a bit of warm water to lift the stain but will have to rewax once it has been soaked.
Rewaxing is an easy process and can be done without much hassle, so no need to buy new wraps when yours become warn. Just pick up a rejuvenation block and follow the rewaxing instructions.
How not to clean reusable wraps: don’t wring your wraps, soak them or put them in the washing machine unless you intend to rewax them, as that will affect the wax and reduce the longevity of the product.
Rewaxing Vegan Food Wraps
You can rewax most vegan and beeswax wraps. BEE Zero Waste sells a rejuvenation wax block that will help you rewax your wraps and make them good as new. This greatly extends the product life and means even less waste for the environment, so it is a win-win for you and the planet!
Where to Buy
I thoroughly enjoyed putting these wraps through their paces, they performed flawlessly and are of a great standard. They were easy to use and clean and performed better than some other imported wraps that I have used before as mentioned. I love that they are produced locally in Leicester and that there is no plastic packaging involved. Would I recommend it to my friends or buy them? Yes, most definitely!