At no point do I want to sound sanctimonious. I am aware that I am still leaving large environmental footprints; I drive a car, we have TV, computers and phones. Well I don't have a mobile phone, but don't start my family on that one!
The waste reduction is a choice I am choosing and I am just sharing my reasons, success, failures, outcomes and everything in between into computer space on the chance that someone might also think it is a good Idea and like to join the uprising.
One of my first plastic free purchases was the reusable plastic shopping bags and I have been using these for years. But just before I was even aware of my plastic indigestion, I stumbled upon a lady selling bee wax wraps at a market. I thought it was a fabulous idea she had invented and purchased a packet of various sizes; they were quite expensive.
Intrigued as to how she had made these marvellous cling wrap alternatives I went to google, I do that A LOT!! Here I discover that this was not a new invention and that many people made their own and they had been around a long time.
So I got some fabric (cotton) old clean cotton sheets or pillow cases work, bees wax and made my own. It is was sooo easy. Before we get into the process first let me let you know WHY, I don't you cling wrap.
Cling wraps like most plastics is made with chemicals extracted from crude oil if fact 1kg of cling wrap CONTAINS 1.6litres of crude oil, yes you are covering your food with Crude Oil. The manufacturing of that same 1kg roll would emit 2.13kg of CO2 (not that much, but you are not the only one using it, are you?) Cling wrap is NOT recyclable and contains NO recycled polymers.
Health wise; these soft plastics may contain phthalates and bisphenol A which may cause the hormone disruption which has been linked to breast cancer, obesity and low intellect development in children. Why risk it when you really don't even need it?
Left overs can go into a reusable container, or a plate over a bowl make a good lid, bees wax wraps are good for bread, cut fruit or veg or exposed plate, a damp cheese cloth to cover your open cheese then into a container, you can even buy silcion lids and cloth sandwich bags.
The bees wax should not be used to wrap meat and I am not sure how it would go around a sandwich in our hot summer? I have only used them in the fridge, so let me know.
To make the wraps use a large piece of greaseproof paper or baking paper, you could even use brown paper. Put an OLD towel down on you ironing board for wax spills, lay down your paper, place you cotton material on top of the paper, sprinkle grated bees wax over the material, place another piece of paper over this and then iron over the top of paper on a medium heat.
You will see the wax spreading, lift the paper to add bees wax to spots that have been missed. It is easier to peel back the paper will still warm and if it sticks or clumps run the iron over again.
DON'T iron directly onto the wax and mark the paper on the wax down side so you always keep it this way. I like to flip the material and wax the reverse side of the fabric also. The same paper can be used over and over again.
Hang the wraps over a cloths hanger to cool (5mins) and you are done. Just whip over with a damp cloth to clean of crumbs, etc. after use. The Bees wax is a great antibacterial barrier.
This is basically how people have waterproofed there clothes for centuries.