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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. 

3 Sustainable Christmas Hacks You Need To Try!

Christmas is a magical time of the year for families with kids, but it can also be incredibly wasteful. Why not try out these fun ideas to help make your celebrations both ethical AND enjoyable?

1. Make an advent calendar which ticks off special experiences

Rather than buying an advent calendar, make your own! Decide how many days you want your countdown to be (it doesn’t have to be 25), then cut out squares from old Christmas cards, scraps of coloured paper, or fabric. Write a number on the front of each square, and an activity on the back, such as baking Christmas cookies, watching your favourite festive movie, or reading a special holiday story. This is your chance to focus on the memories you want to make with your kids, so have fun with it! When you’re done, pin your Christmas countdown up in the kitchen, or hand out a card each morning.

2. Replace wrapping paper with fabric

If you’re tired of throwing out mounds of paper on Boxing Day, take inspiration from the Japanese tradition of furoshiki (beautiful cloths used to wrap presents). You can either use pre-made items like festive tea towels, or buy fabric, cut it into squares, and hem it to prevent fraying. Use good-quality twine or ribbons to tie up each parcel, and ask the recipients to either re-use the wrapping themselves or pass it back for you to re-use. If you can get other family members on board, you’ll reduce your waste even further.

3. Get creative when it comes to cards

Save yourself time and money while you save the planet by looking for alternatives to buying boxes of throwaway cards. You could:

* Show work colleagues and casual acquaintances that you’re thinking of them with a personalized online greeting.

* Write a thoughtful Christmas email to friends, reminiscing about good times in the past and letting them know how much they mean to you in the present.

* Send grandparents and other relatives a current family photograph or child’s drawing with a Christmas message written on the back. When the festive season passes, pictures like this will still have a place on the fridge or mantelpiece.

Bonus tip: If you’re looking for a sustainable way to keep Christmas leftovers fresh, check out our range of re-usable wraps at www.beewrappy.com.au

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3 things to do this holiday break

School holidays are finally here, which means there are some great new opportunities to get out and about with the kids.  You can also save some pennies with a great range of free outdoor activities. Here are our top three.

Take on a beach animal encounter

We have an extraordinary coastline, but we don’t always take the time to find out who might live there. So hit the beach and discover new wonders with the kids. Walk along the rock pools to find crabs close-up, starfish in their habitat, and molluscs hanging-on until the tide comes in. Take a sketchpad and pencils, and capture the beauty of the animals and dune-scape over a picnic lunch, before paddling in the waves.

Enjoy the canopy of space
It’s the holidays, so bedtime needn’t be too strictly observed! Stargazing on a warm night is a powerful, bonding, and fun family experience. Not sure how to describe what you see? Turn to a stargazing app — just add one to your mobile phone or tablet and access a geo-located view of the night and constellation. Remember to take a blanket, warm clothes and comforting snacks…and perhaps sprinkle a little stardust on the occasion by adding some space-themed songs to your playlist.

Rock those rainy days

We can’t count on consistent sunny days at this time of year, so consider a trip back in time. Look at the history of the local settlers in your area, work with your kids to create fun new games such as jacks to play on the living room floor, and cook up some nice warm scones and jam for the afternoon…or make a double portion for the picnic tomorrow!
Find out how we can help you enjoy your holiday visit our website at beewrappy.com.au

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