Christmas time is a lot about consumption. Technically our whole year kind of is. Most of us can usually afford what they need (or often don’t really need), throw away things that are still good, and just don’t think about their consumption habits. But there are a few small steps you can easily follow to have more sustainability in your life.
One of them is banning ‘disposable products’ like foil – more specifically, aluminum foil and cling film – from your life. Use a bit here to wrap half that onion, use another bit there for the sandwich to go. An environmentally friendly alternative – easy to make and a really fun DIY project – are reusable beeswax wraps. Choose a few nice cotton fabrics and then you’re almost good to go – I’ll show you how it works:
- 100 g beeswax
- 3 tsp jojoba oil
- 6 pieces of cotton cloth (à 30 × 30 cm)
- Old pot & brush
- Baking tray & aluminum foil
- Cut the fabric to the desired size.
- Put the beeswax in a small (old) saucepan and melt on medium heat. Add the jojoba oil and stir well.
- Preheat the oven to 100° C.
- Lineout the work surface as well as a large baking tray with aluminum foil. Lay the pieces of fabric flat on the prepared work surface.
- Brush the fabric evenly with the hot wax using the brush. Place the cloth on the baking sheet and let the wax melt for 5 minutes in a preheated oven. If it is not soaked through evenly after this time, put it back in the oven for another 3 minutes.
- Then remove the fabric from the tray, hold it briefly up with your fingers to let it cool down and set . Now the wraps are ready for their use.
Do you think that could be something for you? Replace cling film with wax wraps? I think the concept is great and I’m really trying to implement my lovely new beeswax wraps in my daily routine ♥
Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!