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Ditch the single-use plastic. How to make a reusable food wrap.

Eco sandwich wrap

Plastic free, reusable food wraps are all the rage and here I share with you how to make your own. Having recently attended a plastic free workshop and learned how to make these, I was amazed just how easy it is to do.

I'll share what I've learned with you for free! The beauty of making your own is you can choose your own pattern rather than being limited by what a shop has to offer.

This is an easy step by step tutorial. Grab yourself a coffee and make yourself comfortable.

You will need

  • 100% cotton fabric or muslin (remember, organic cotton is the planet friendly choice), washed and ironed
  • Pinking shears 
  • Pure beeswax (100g) 
  • Jojoba oil (10g, for its antibacterial and wax like qualities)
  • Coconut or almond oil (10g - this makes the fabric easier to work with)
  • Pine resin, powdered (70g, you can buy it from baldwins.co.uk) 
  • Clean paintbrush brush with thin bristles 
  • Glass bowl (to melt the resin, beeswax and oil mix)
  • Baking paper
  • Baking tray 
  • Drying rack

Stage 1

Cut your pre-washed fabric to the size you want using pinking shears (to prevent fraying). A thin, fine-weave cotton is best, as it is easier to fold and wrap when infused with wax; muslin  is ideal. (Did you know, you can buy organic muslin cloths for the face in the Happi Body Co eco beauty shop). 

 

Stage 2

Put the pine resin (if in chunks, roll it with a rolling pin to turn it to powder) in the glass bowl and place over a pan of simmering water. When the resin starts to melt, add the beeswax, almond or coconut oil and jojoba. Beeswax has a high melting point, so be patient. When the ingredients have melted, mix together gently, keeping the pan on a low heat.

 

Stage 3

Heat your oven to 140°C. Cover the baking tray with baking paper. Lay the fabric on top of the baking paper. Make sure the baking paper is bigger than your piece of fabric. Place in the oven for two minutes to heat the fabric.

 

Stage 4

Take the tray out of the oven and, working super quick, use your brush to 'paint' the fabric with the beeswax mix. Return to the oven for a minute, then remove and brush again to ensure the wax is spread evenly all over the cotton.

Drape the fabric on a rack to dry; it will take only minutes.

Your wrap is then ready to use.

 

How to use

Use the warmth of your hands to shape it around a bowl, jar or sandwich. Don’t use your wrap to cover raw items like fish, eggs or meat.

 

Ongoing maintenance

Clean it with a cloth using cold-to-warm water and a little bit of detergent. Too hot will melt the wax. 

If it needs a refresh after a few months, place on a lined tray in a 140°C oven for three minutes.  Then lay it out on a rack to dry (as described in Stage 4).

 

Ta da!

That's it, all done.  I hope you agree this looks super easy to do, so why not give it a go and start living free of plastic.