It seems that 2020 has given me a clearer view of what I can do to lower my own footprint. Plastic use in the grocery store is not always avoidable, but there are things I can do at home to make a difference. If you are interested in reducing the use of plastic and waste, one simple way is to start in your own home! I have been working to create a plastic-free kitchen, and a step I am taking this year is to replace my plastic wrap with some yummy-smelling DIY beeswax wrap.

Bee the change you want to see

I was reminded of these old-fashioned goodies when I visited my urban homestead store here in Portland. They were selling these wax-covered cloths for $8 a pop, and I knew this was a perfect DIY project. All you need is organic beeswax that you can grate or get in pellets and some cotton scraps. I picked up my cotton cloth in the quilter’s bin of pre-cut fat quarters. They were only a few dollars each. So for less than a latte, I have these pretty plastic wrap replacements!

I am loving this DIY beeswax wrap for my cheese and sandwiches and have made several for my favorite metal bowls that often go into the fridge. To form the wrap around the bowl, let the warmth of your hands soften the wax. You can also make bands from strips of elastic or tie your square bundles with twine. For cleaning, remember to not wash in the dishwasher, but use lukewarm water and some organic soap between uses. Check out my step-by-step tutorial below!

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How to Make DIY Beeswax Wrap

  1. Gather your craft tools and materials. Then download the full tutorial below.
  2. Mark circles onto fabric larger than your bowls by using plates or round pizza pans as your templates.
  3. Cut rounds and squares from your fabric with pinking shears to keep edges from fraying.
  4. Cover baking pans with baking paper (not wax paper) or foil. 

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Photo tutorial for handmade beeswax wraps by Lia Griffith

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