Over a year ago my son and I made a commitment to reduce plastics in our life, specifically single use plastics. We did a shop at our local supermarket, I would put something in the trolley and Ollie would take it out because it was packaged in plastic. That shop cost me £11.20. The cheapest weekly shop ever and as we had very little food for the week I had to re-think how we sourced the thinks we like to eat.
We realised that evening that this was going to be harder than we had thought.
It took some research to find alternatives. Some changes were easy, for example switching to loose leaf tea (who knew tea bags contained plastic!). Switching to reusable water bottles and delivered milk were easy wins. Soap nuts for washing our clothes were an amazing find. Other things took time to change. Finding a shampoo bar that didn’t feel heavy in my hair. Sourcing cherry tomatoes without the plastic seemed impossible.
Coming across a way to create food wrap using 100% cotton and beeswax was inspired. I had read a blog from a woman in Australia who had made some wraps and was using them regularly. I began experimenting to find the perfect mix of waxes. The beeswax by itself does not have the malleability and can crack, adding jojoba oil gives the Bumble Wrap greater flexibility. Each wrap is created by hand, painting the wax mixture onto the fabric and allowing it to cool.
The beeswax has anti-bacterial properties and the jojoba oil has anti-fungal properties giving a food wrap which is breathable, washable, compostable and very importantly it looks pretty.
It is only this year that Bumble Wrap began to make wraps for other people. My sister, Kirsty joined, and Bumble Wrap began a bid to rid our kitchens of cling-film.