As a sixty-four year old grandmother of eight, I’ve spent my life wrapping food and school lunches in plastic, without giving any thought to the harmful effects plastic has on us and the environment.
I preferred to leave that problem for the environmentally friendly people to worry about. They came up with a lot of research to back up their claims, but what they had to say never really had an impact on me. I think a lot of people my age are the same. We have used plastic wrap for so long, and old habits die hard. My daughter changed all that. She educated me on the dangers of plastic, and even though I took her concerns seriously, I couldn’t see myself managing without it. My way of thinking was that something so handy can’t be dispensed with without an alternative. And now I am proud to announce my daughter has given me one.
Twelve months ago, determined to rid her kitchen of plastic, Sherrie started making organic beeswax wraps on her farm in Northern NSW. Honeybee Wrap is made from 100% organic cotton fabric, natural beeswax, coconut oil and tree resin. This mix of ingredients created a flexible wrap that can be used over and over again. The wrap can be moulded to the top of the dish by using the warmth and pressure of your hands to create a seal, or to wrap vegetables, cheeses, sandwiches and snacks. It is not recommended for meat.
I’m pleased to say, plastic wrap is a thing of the past in my kitchen and I can’t believe something so simple is not only the answer to keeping my food fresh, it also minimises food wastage, which saves me money.
None of us like change, but it’s becoming more and more difficult to ignore the problem plastic is causing when the media are also getting on the bandwagon.
I’ve become so passionate about these wraps, my husband and I are now eager to spread the word by making them available through local markets. We sold them for the first time on Easter Saturday at the Handmade Market in Yamba and since then at Yamba, Iluka, Maclean and Bellingen Markets. The interest from the public is amazing, so if you’re open to a new idea and keen to stop throwing food away, we would love you to come and talk to us. Or to order online visit our daughter’s website at www.honeybeewrap.com.au