How to make your own beeswax wrap
Cling film or aluminium foil are common products to store food or cut veggies and fruits in the fridge, to wrap sandwiches to go or to keep flies away from salads when having a garden party (this could also easily be made with a wooden cutting board or a cotton cloth).
Plastic cling film is in many countries not allowed in the recycling bin, it will go straight to landfill, in many others it will get sorted out to get burned in the incinerator.
Aluminium foil can get recycled in many many cities around the world (just because I visited recently I know it belongs into the trash in Toronto (August2018, maybe it changes in the future).
While plastic foil is made out of fossile fuel/oil, aluminium is made out of Bauxit.
Aluminium is a very valuable resource because it is not so safe to produce and needs a lot of energy too.
The working process to get to the Bauxit is destroying rainforest and wild life.
The further processing of bauxite to aluminum is also very harmful to the environment.
The toxic red mud remains as waste and can destroy and kill nature around it.. Between one and six tonnes of hazardous waste product are produced per ton of aluminum produced. So if you want to use aluminium foil make sure it is made out of recycled aluminium**.
RECYCLING "Fun-fact", just to make it clear that we always must check the recycling rules when visiting another country/city:
Alternatives to cling film and foil:
DIY beeswax wrap:
During my stay in Montreal it was so easy to find organic beeswax pellets in bulk and I could bring my own bag, so I couldn't resist to buy some to try to make my own wax wrap. (If you like it vegan you can use soy wax too.)
I also had a T-Shirt I couldn`t mend anymore. The hole got bigger and bigger when I tried to mend it, so I thought this is great timing to make my own wrap ;) Also I am training for a 100km in 24hour walk at the moment, and to reduce the weight in my backpack it would be awesome to have the wrap instead of small container too.
I made my wrap in the oven, but I know some people use a flatiron too.
How to make beeswax wraps:
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