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How to use your Bee Wrappy when you're camping

We are sure we're not alone in our love for all things outdoors, bush, beach and camping. Australia offers the most stunning and picturesque natural beauty just waiting to be discovered through eco tourism - there is a plethora of choices when it comes to bushwalks, camping spots and new adventures, right on our doorstep.

Bee Wrappy is proud of helping people reduce their single-use plastic consumption by providing a beautiful, natural alternative to cling-wrap. While Bee Wrappys fit right at home in your kitchen and fridge, they can also be a vertsile addition to your bush walking and camping essentials, working a treat AND reducing your environmental impact.

- Using Bee Wrappys to store snacks (like nuts, crackers and cheese) and fruit and vegetables when camping or bush walking helps to reduce your waste impact as you won't need to dispose of cling-wrap into the local area you are visiting. Instead, you can store wash, rinse and dry your Bee Wrappy, fold it up and it's ready to use again.

- Folding down your Bee Wrappy after use will also help you save space in your backpack when out and about. They are also very light weight!

- You can also repurpose your Bee Wrappy when it's not storing food by using it as a picnic or camping placement. They are super easy to wipe down at the end of a meal or snack.

- We've had many customers purchase a Bee Wrappys to act as dedicated hard soap bar packaging. Great idea!

- If you find yourself without a fire starter, you can instead use a Bee Wrappy. Simply take a dry wrap, twist into a long coil shape and light.

We love knowing that Bee Wrappys are out there, working hard beyond the kitchen, and having a direct positive impact on the environment and natural earth.

Will my wraps melt in the heat?

We often get asked if our Bee Wrappy wraps will melt in particularly hot or humid locations like Darwin or Cairns.

This is a good question, and because we don't want our friends in tropical climates missing out, here's what we can tell you -

No matter where you live Bee Wrappys should avoid direct sunlight. They will almost certainly always melt in to a very sticky and messy wrap if exposed to extended time in direct sunlight. So it's best to keep them off sunny car seats (unless in a lunchbox and cooler bag) and out of the beaming sun on the beach or in a park.

Along with direct sunlight when out and about, being aware of the sun's position in your kitchen will also be important to ensure the longevity of your Bee Wrappy wraps. Tuck your wraps out of direct morning or afternoon sun in your tea towel draw or alongside your fruit bowl. This will keep them cool and happy.

Our Bee Wrappy wraps handle all other hot and humid locations like Cairns and Darwin with flying colours. You can expect them to be soft, pliable and perform as intended, but they will not melt!

Why do you use Jojoba oil in your beeswax wraps?

We use Jojoba Oil to add a level of vital suppleness to our products and to make them really malleable, and we're often asked where we obtain the products we use. In this case, the answer is from a carefully selected group of sustainable family farms in the New England region of New South Wales. As you would expect, it's free from any artificial colours or preservatives. 

A quick history of Jojoba oil

Okay, we're slightly quirky and always full of interest, so we've found out that Jojoba Oil has been used in the past to treat sores and wounds by Native Americans among others. Interestingly, in the US, it was used as a replacement for whale oil when its use was banned in the early 1970s. Incidentally, it was quickly discovered by many companies to be a generally superior product to that unacceptable alternative!

Other sources for products we use

You might like to know where we source some of the other products we use when making our Bee Wrappy Beeswax Food Wraps. Our pure and organic beeswax comes from Lismore, wild harvested Virgin Coconut Oil from villages in Papua New Guinea, and Dammar Resin from trees in both Southern Java and Sumatra. If you want to find out more about how and why we make these choices, please look here: www.beewrappy.com.au/pages/ethical-ingredient-sourcing-policy.


One more important point about Jojoba Oil

If you, or anyone else who might be using our Beeswax Food Wraps, is allergic to Jojoba Oil, please do not use our wraps. Of course, the vast majority of our customers are lucky not to have this problem and can enjoy the benefits of this terrific product. If you have any other allergen concerns, you'll find valuable information here: www.beewrappy.com.au/pages/allergen-information


A better way of doing things

We passionately believe that our Beeswax Food Wraps offer a terrific alternative to the use of plastic and cling wraps. We love how they keep our food, and we feel their positive effect on the environment. We hope you do too!

How long do Beeswax Wraps last?

This is a question our team here at Bee Wrappy are often asked. Before giving the answer, it's important to stress that, the better beeswax wraps are looked after between uses, the longer you can expect them to maintain an excellent condition. Of course, as our Beeswax Food Wraps are a natural product, they will start to show some signs of wear - sadly, don't we all! 

In fact, one of the most likely signs of this is the appearance of some crease lines - again so much like humans! You might also notice some slight cracking appearing in the wax; we like to call it 'adding a little character'! 

With all that said, we expect these superb food wraps to provide up to a full year of faithful service. By the way, if you want answers to some other questions we're often asked, just visit our teriffic FAQs page.

About looking after your Beeswax Food Wraps 

Here are four quick tips to help maintain your beeswax wraps' effectiveness:

#1 Hand wash (never in the dishwasher) them using cold soapy water, utilising a sponge to thoroughly clean them.

#2 Leave them to drip dry at a natural pace in your dish rack. 

#3 Store them anywhere that avoids either direct sunlight or a nearby heat source - such as an oven or microwave. They are really friendly wraps, so will feel quite comfortable sharing lodgings with your stock of tea towels!

#4 Don't use them to cover either hot bowls or food; don't use warm water to wash them. 

Above are a few key points to remember; for more detailed information about what to do - or not to do - when caring for these brilliant Bee Wrappy Beeswax Food Wraps, please visit our care page.

Thanks for wanting to provide your wraps with some tender loving care! We appreciate this, especially as we are so committed to ensuring only ethical and sustainable ingredients - including of course Australian Beeswax from Lismore in New South Wales - are chosen for their production. And, of course, we always want you to be happy with Bee Wrappy!

6 awesome hacks for your beeswax wraps

Made from beeswax and organic materials, beeswax wraps are the best alternatives to plastics.

They do not contain any chemicals, they are easy to wash and maintain and you can make your own. Many people, however, have problems finding the best uses for their beeswax wraps.

To help you with that, check out the following hacks.

 

1. Food pouches

Create little food pouches with the wraps, especially if you have school age children. Fold the pouches into halves and fold them shut. You can use the pouches to store edibles like nuts, berries, cereal and a few other small food items. Kids can comfortably carry their favourite snacks in the pouches without the risk of anything going bad.

 

2. Opening jars

If you have a jar that is almost impossible to open because it is slippery, a beeswax wrap can help to get a firmer grip on the lid. Simply wrap the beeswax around the lid and twist for an effortless opening.

 

3. Gripper

You can use your beeswax as a gripping mat. If you are chopping anything and your timber board keeps slipping off the counter or table, simply place the beeswax wrap underneath the board and it will stay firm until you are through with your chopping.

 

4. Soap wrapper

Sometimes when you are travelling, you need to carry extra items to keep your toiletries dry. An item like soap can be cumbersome due to potential leakage. To keep it dry and to maintain its scent, especially if you are out camping, wrap it in a beeswax wrapper. Next time you use the soap, it will be dry and it will not stick to anything.

 

5. Protection against icy poles

Icy poles are a delicacy, especially during the hot season, because of their refreshing effects. Handling them, however, can be cumbersome, especially if they melt into your hands. To protect your hands from the cold drippings, you can use beeswax wraps to hold onto the popsicles. This is especially handy for kids that might be a bit fumbly.

 

6. Fermenting Lids

When you are fermenting anything, you need to let it breathe and at the same time protect it from germs. Now, you can comfortably use beeswax wraps to help with the fermentation process. The wraps will allow your product to breathe and it will not let in any unwanted bacteria from outside.

These six simple uses of beeswax wraps are easy to accomplish and come in extremely handy.