Bee Wrap: We put reusable food wrap to the test



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Like many people, you may be trying to cut down on single-use items in your home. stash bags or replace your paper towels with reusable, machine washable Swedish dish cloths. The next product that can help make your kitchen even more eco-friendly? Bee WrapAn organic, sustainable and reusable kitchen cover that can store everything from fruits and vegetables to baked goods and leftovers.

The ultimate eco-friendly swap for your kitchen

Bee’s Wrap is an organic, sustainable and reusable kitchen wrap that can store everything from fruit and vegetables to baked goods and leftovers.

Tanya Edwards

With sustainability at the forefront, even Bee’s Wrap’s packaging is recyclable and fully biodegradable. But what we want to know is, do they work? Can they replace waste plastic wrap and other disposable plastic bins?

When you open the pack of three wraps, the texture of the wraps feels thick and somewhat gummy, as the organic fabric from which the wraps are made has a coat of bee wax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. They feel like a reinforced fabric shopping bag mixed with heavy construction paper, and surprisingly, they’re not stretchy at all.

Tanya Edwards

Therefore, when using the wraps, you actually want to warm them with your hands and shape them around what you are protecting. I first used it to wrap a bowl of hard-boiled eggs I kept in the fridge. Because the bowl was already cold, I had to use my hands to really warm the wrapper up for it to stick properly, but it only took a few seconds.

Then I cut an apple in half and wanted to keep the second half for a snack later and used another apple. Bee Wrap to pack apple halves. I unwrapped the wrap and placed the flat side of the apple on the wrapper; then using my hands I wrapped the Bee Wrap around the apple and made it as airtight as possible, because – as I learned while working in a cheese shop in college – air is the enemy of freshness. The less air your leftovers are exposed to, the less they degrade.

Tanya Edwards

A few hours later I needed a snack and pulled the wrapped apple out of my fridge. To me that was the real test and Bee’s Wrap passed. My apple was not brown at all and tasted as crunchy as half the apple I had for breakfast. Wraps are best used for leftovers, fruits, vegetables and cheese, but are not recommended for raw meat, likely due to potential bacterial contamination.

You may be wondering, are these wraps reusable, how do you clean them? Are they disgusting? It’s pretty simple: Just hand-wash in cold water with a little dish soap. I draped mine over an empty dish rack to dry and then folded it up and slid it into a drawer with the other two wraps. You don’t want to use warm water or put your Bee Wraps in too much heat, as the oil and wax will deteriorate. Otherwise, they should last about a year, which is much better than throwing away the plastic wrap every day.

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While I am new to using Bee’s Wraps, I am sure they will replace many disposable plastic wraps and other disposable plastic storage in my daily life. I feel good about reducing my impact on the planet, and to be honest, I feel good about the savings that range from about $2 to $5 a pack of disposable plastic wrap over the next year. Saving the planet and a few dollars, who doesn’t love that?

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