Run Oregon Test Kitchen: Bee’s Wrap Sustainable Food Storage

Probably the largest portion of the trash created in my kitchen comes from food wrappers, most of it from the containers that food is sold in. I recycle what I can, compost food scraps, and do my best to not create additional trash however I can. My kids take their lunches to school in reusable containers, such as insulated containers for hot food and dishwasher safe boxes for their sandwiches. When I was school-age, my sandwiches would be wrapped in parchment paper, which – while recycleable and renewable – creates trash as well.

The reusable solution to replace parchment paper comes from Bee’s Wrap. These sheets of food wrap are made from organic cotton that it coated with bees wax, jojoba oil, and tree resin, making it food safe, reusable, and compostable.

I found these wraps to have a multitude of uses in my kitchen. The sandwich wrapper, with its convenient button and string for closure, is wonderful for taking a sandwich to work, school, or any other trip. The flat wrap sheets can be used anywhere you would use plastic wrap or a plastic bag: to wrap partially used fruits and vegetables (such as a watermelon); to store a loaf of bread; to cover a bowl of salad; to cover your baked goods while transporting them; to cover bread dough while it is rising. The only food item that the wraps are not recommended for is raw meat.

The wrap comes out of its package stiff and smelling of honey. The warmth of your hands softens the wrap while you use it, then it hardens again and keeps its shape to keep your items stored. As you use, wash, and reuse the wraps (in cold water with gentle soap; avoid hot water and other heat sources) the wrap becomes more pliable and the smell of honey less noticable. With proper care, these wraps will last around a year or longer.

Company: Bee’s Wrap

Products tested: Set of three large wraps (also available on Amazon)
Sandwich wrap

About Bee’s Wrap (from company website):

Bee’s Wrap was founded in 2012 by Vermonter Sarah Kaeck, a mother of three who has been, by turns, an avid gardener, milker of goats, keeper of chickens, and seamstress. Bee’s Wrap started with a question facing many families and home cooks: How could we eliminate plastics in our kitchen in favor of a healthier, more sustainable way to store our food?

What she discovered is a lost tradition made new again. By infusing organic cotton with beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin, she created a washable, reusable, and compostable alternative to plastic wrap.

In the early days, we hand-painted wax onto every wrap – for months the comforting scent of beeswax filled Sarah’s home. We’ve since designed a custom machine to coat our organic fabrics with a mix of beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin.

Today, Bee’s Wrap is handmade by a growing team of women in a Bristol, Vermont, workshop tucked at the edge of a winding river. Since 2012, we’ve created wraps that provide a versatile and durable solution for sustainable food storage.

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