This blog post is a little different. This year I along with lots of other amazing people are trying to be a bit more green and use a lot less plastic. One solution for less plastic are beeswax/ soy wax wraps. These can be used instead of cling film or foil for those bits of veg stored in the fridge, your packed lunch or to cover leftovers. So many great uses. I've been using tupperware to store food but sometimes it's not what you need.
I've seen lots of companies offering eco wax wraps but they are pretty pricey so thought I would give making some a go and write a how to for the blog.
What you will need:
Once you've thought about what you'll be covering you'll have an idea of what sort of sizes you want to make. They can be any shape and size. Using the ruler and pencil draw and cut out your desired shapes.
Grate the beeswax I used about half the bar for one large and two small wraps. Alternatively if you use soy or beeswax pellets it's a lot easier (no grating) and you'll need about a handful.
Lay out your first piece of baking paper, it needs to be a little bigger than the size of the fabric. Sprinkle your wax over the sheet evenly. Doesn't need to be totally covered. I was amazed at how little wax was needed.
Lay your fabric on top of the wax, add more wax and then another sheet of baking paper like a little waxy sandwich.
Iron away! Use a low heat and no steam also don't hold the iron on one bit of fabric just gently work over it. You'll see it melt and cover the fabric evenly. The beeswax smells like hunny mmmm!
As soon as you've finished ironing and its all melted peel off the baking paper quickly. Then hang the wrap up to dry or if you've got a chilly kitchen like me waft it about a bit. It soon dries and the fabric becomes nice and stiff. Voila it's as easy as that, so if you've got some bits of left over cotton hanging around why not give it a go. They can easily be washed with some eco friendly soap and cold water. See here for a full care guide.
If you like the idea of eco wraps but can't be bothered to make them because lets be honest not everyone has the time. Here's some great companies making them! They would make a very useful stocking filler!
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