When we began to shift to eating whole, unprocessed traditional foods, I simultaneously began to shift my kitchen into a plastic-free zone, as much as possible. I still use resealable plastic baggies from time to time, but I try my best to minimize the plastic coming in and out of my home when possible.
This meant ditching some products I’d used for years, and sussing out better alternatives.
Minimizing Plastic Use in the Kitchen
Like most of you, I first replaced the plastic carrier bags at the grocery store with canvas totes, and then replaced plastic produce bags with thin net bags.
Then I replaced in my kitchen were plastic storage containers. I didn’t like the way they held onto the flavors, odors and colors of food. Now, I use glass containers with resealable lids and mason jars in their place.
Later, I replaced our to-go containers and plastic sandwich bags with stainless steel containers, that we wash and reuse daily for the lunches my son and I pack together.
But, I was always stuck for a replacement to plastic wrap.
What to Do Instead of Plastic Wrap
While I could tuck leftovers away in glass containers and pop on a lid, I was still left with plastic wrap for other jobs – wrapping a cut watermelon, or a mixing bowl, for example. I needed an alternative to plastic wrap.
I’ve worked with MightyNest for a number of years, and they sent me a sample of bees wrap some time ago. It’s a piece of organic cotton muslin, treated with beeswax harvested from sustainable hives and tree resin. Malleable, it covers breads, fruits, vegetables and cheeses pretty easily.
When you’re finished with it, you can rinse it in cool water with a little dish soap and then hang it to dry. It lasts about a year, with regular use, before it wears down after which you can cut it into pieces and compost it.
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