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April 05, 2017 14 Comments

I feel a very personal responsibility for plastic waste as my father was instrumental in setting up the first polythene factory in the southern hemisphere, so when I read about waxed fabric food wrapping I thought: why not linen? I have plenty of scraps!

Dear Google. A search revealed products, DIY recipes, suggestions, so I ordered some Amish beeswax and waited. It arrived deliciously aromatic.

Some instructions add jojoba oil to make it more flexible but I didn't try that this time, just a baking sheet (with parchment paper), a swatch of our Smooth linen sheeting scraps torn to size, sprinkled generously with grated beeswax and melted carefully in a low oven - I  didn't want it to ignite! Five minutes did the trick.

DIY beeswax food wrap

I used an old (but very clean!) paintbrush to smooth out any gaps and returned it to the oven for one minute, then let the sheets cool. I was surprised how much beeswax each one used!

First use was to wrap up a delicious stinky cheese. When it was finished, any mess rinsed off beautifully with a clean sponge and cool water.

DIY beexwax food wrapper

Next a leftover half of a deli sandwich was given the treatment.

DIY beeswax linen food wrapping

Each time the heat of my hands was enough to mould the linen to the food. I love this! When each sheet reaches the end of its useful life, I plan to roll it tightly and use it as a candle, or as a firelighter if the flames go a little too high for comfort!

Ask if you'd like a box of linen scraps to try your own - we'll send them to you for the cost of postage only. Email us at hello@roughlinen.com and we'll get a box out to you for the cost of shipping only. And please share your questions and experiences in the comment section below.

Happy recycling!



14 Responses

Holly
Holly

June 11, 2017

Wouldn’t these make nice stocking stuffers for my adult children? We’re all trying to be more environmentally conscious.

sleepless
sleepless

June 10, 2017

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Jennifer Eppolito
Jennifer Eppolito

April 08, 2017

I absolutely love this post and ordered a box of scraps to make some wraps with beeswax from my hives. I can tell you care about quality and thought I should mention beeswax. You may already know, but it is estimated that most of the world’s beeswax supply is contaminated with pesticide residue. I’m a treatment-free beekeeper, which means that I do not use any treatments for pests in my hives (including essential oils and other “natural” treatments), and I’m one of many who is on a mission to educate the public about the practice of medicating beehives. The vast majority of beekeepers do treat and if you use wax to make these that comes from a treated hive, you are most likely ingesting harmful substances. There are many sites on the internet about TF beekeeping if you are interested (one of the pioneers of this method: http://www.beverlybees.com/). Just thought you should know, as most people I talk to are completely unaware. The safest thing to do is ask if the hive your honey or wax comes from has been treated with anything chemical or natural (there’s a danger in ingesting random essential oils). Thanks again for an inspiring post and allowing me to share :-)

Colleen MacKinnon
Colleen MacKinnon

April 07, 2017

Yes please, count me in on this very kind offer. Thank you. Wonderful way to share your offcuts and the environment!

Lindy
Lindy

April 07, 2017

yes, please! Scraps!

Prue Townsend
Prue Townsend

April 06, 2017

I would love some of these scraps. It is so important to me to cut down on the use of plastic wraps. I am going to order a mirage scarf – could the postage be combined because it has to come all the way to New Zealand.
P.S. – it might be safer to iron the fabric and beeswax between baking paper rather than put it in the oven. :)

Teresa Stanfield
Teresa Stanfield

April 06, 2017

I would love a box of linen scraps! Thank you!!

Florence
Florence

April 06, 2017

Amazing idea. I would like a box of scraps, please! We also just happened to put our linen sheets on the bed for this season (sheet + summer cover) on … how I missed my lovely linens!

Susan Bach
Susan Bach

April 06, 2017

Please send me a box of linen scraps. I’d like to offer this as an activity at a museum where I work. Thank you so much!

Renee
Renee

April 06, 2017

I would love a box of scraps…I bought some of these at a farmers market….gave as Christmas gifts…
Not sure of the material used on them…feel more food confident with YOUR linen : )

Nancy V.
Nancy V.

April 06, 2017

I would some some linen scraps!! I absolutely love this idea and in trying to be more conscious it is a perfect option with something I love! Linen!!

Susan Curtis
Susan Curtis

April 06, 2017

You can use sharp pinking shears to cut the edges of the fabric. Looks nice!

Sheila McChesney
Sheila McChesney

April 06, 2017

something that would have never occurred to me – what a great idea!

Kathi Saage
Kathi Saage

April 06, 2017

Oh, I’d love to try this at home! At least a year ago I bought some of the Bee’s Wrap products, which are used exactly as you used your home made wrap. But the Bee’s Wrap has a strong aroma (possibly the jojoba oil) and imparted that aroma, and its flavor, to the baguette I wrapped in it. Because of that aroma, I haven’t used it since (I admit that I am exceedingly sensitive to fragrance).

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