Today 24 April, it’s time for a truly practical wrap. As you know, I will wrap anything if it stands still long enough, so my heart leapt when I came across the Bee Eco at my local farmer’s market.
At first my eye was drawn to the way the fruit was wrapped in a brightly coloured almost wax like material – I have not seen paper like that before I thought! But closer inspection revealed an earth friendly fabric replacement for plastic wrap. Given I have wasted more than my fair share of over ripened bananas, not to mention many kilos of Parmesan cheese that had seen better days, I thought it could only be a good thing if I explored this wrap further.
Bee Eco are hand crafted reusable beeswax wraps (traditionally referred to as oilskins) made with GOTS certified organic fabric infused with local sustainable beeswax, tree resin and locally cold pressed jojoba oil.
Just as well I came across this wrap or I would never have known that GOTS stands for The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) -a worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. I guess being handcrafted in the Noosa Hinterland using solar power on a self sustainable farm would get you a GOTS tick.
The wraps are naturally antibacterial and preservative thus slowing down the rate of food decomposition. The wraps are also flexible and slightly adhesive. You use the warmth and pressure of your hands to shape and seal the wrap around your food. For a wrapper, this is a great invention and an even greater gift idea.
Just think, now I can wrap cheeses, vegetables, bread, herbs in a funky material. And I can sleep easy knowing my wrap is 100% biodegradable and compostable.
So you can see a capsicum, wrapped in all its glory, along with carrots that should now last for years and bread that should still be edible long after Christmas. I’m optimistic that the Bee Eco will be a wrap that keeps on giving. I’ll keep you posted on my vegetable wrapping successes.