As a cofounder of Zero Kitchens I thought I was doing my bit for climate change.
News of climate change was all around me. Either from children joining protests spurned on by the inspirational Greta Thunberg. Or friends holidaying in Europe this summer experiencing sweltering heats. And of course, watching the legendary Sir David Attenborough’s documentary on climate change.
His words, “In the 20 years since I first started talking about the impact of climate change on our world, conditions have changed far faster than I ever imagined”.
His words resonated with me. Climate change felt devastating and daunting. So, what more could I do?
I knew that I had to take immediate action and that action needed to be attainable. So, I started with simple and small changes in the heart of our home, our kitchen.
I saw Beeswax wraps on social media, and they became my first change. In fact, they are all over social media, but did you know the Ancient Egyptians were using them to preserve food in the 7th Century?
In case you haven’t heard about beeswax wraps; they are a food wrap material consisting of a coated fabric, most commonly cotton. Wraps are available in pretty fabrics and can be easily shaped around containers.
They are a reusable and sustainable alternative to plastic wrap and single-use plastic. For the obsessive compulsives amongst us you can co-ordinate your wraps to your kitchen colour schemes. Or take a more practical approach, green for avocado, yellow for lemons…
I can be scatty and don’t remember where I bought mine. However, making the change was easy. We use them for our packed lunches and covering food in the fridge.
A quick Google search will show you companies that sell them.
I found this Cotswold company online https://www.beeswaxwraps.co.uk/and was impressed by Carly and Fran’s user friendly website. Check it out to see the different sizes of wraps which helpfully include a starter pack. There are some very useful tutorials and a Zero Waste shop map. I really enjoyed their passion for plastic free and know where I will be buying my next wraps.
Maybe you prefer to make them yourself? Could be fun? If so, I found Crafti Patti on YouTube, she is extremely informative and helpful. https://youtu.be/6_bsxrqAF-s
Beeswax wraps have been criticized for their high prices, when sold commercially, especially when compared to single-use plastics such as cling wrap and snap lock bags.
Price is a consideration, however the impact on our environment is more important to me. When maintained your wraps will last for a year and then can be composted to biodegrade. They also reduce food waste due to their anti-microbial properties that may prevent the spoilage of food.
Anything that gives our wonderful bees more work gets my vote.