Beeswax wraps for World Bee Day

To mark World Bee Day on 20th May, I wanted to contribute with an eco friendly project that would help us appreciate honeybees even more.

The United Nations designated World Bee Day to raise awareness of the importance of bees. Not only do honey bees make honey and pollinate almost 70% of all the fruit and vegetables we eat, the natural wax they produce has been a precious resource since ancient Egyptian times.

In this video I will show you how to make ecological and reusable wraps using beeswax and recycled fabric to wrap food or to cover our dishes and substitute plastic cling film (also known as cellophane).

You can create bee waxed fabric with pieces of leftover cotton and create products to replace others that we have inevitably grown accustomed to using over the years. The transparent plastic film that we use to cover food or plates with, is among the non-recyclable type of plastic. A beeswax wrap can be washed under running water and used for years.

Honeybees are a precious army of do-gooders and we must learn how to respect and protect them!

Here's what you need to create you own beeswax wraps:

  • Natural bee wax (you can buy a beeswax candle at a nature shop)
  • Natural coconut oil
  • Recycled cotton fabric (cut into squares/rectangles)
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Iron and ironing board
Place your fabric on a large piece of greaseproof paper. Grate wax onto your fabric, spread a few drops of coconut oil over it, cover with greaseproof paper. Iron until all wax melts. Hang to dry for a few minutes. Store in a day place.

- Ms Braghetta, Environmental Project Coordinator