Q: What is my wintering beeswax wrap made of?
A: wintering beeswax wraps are made from sustainably sourced and high quality ingredients. We use 100% Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) certified cotton, pure Australian organic beeswax, natural tree resin, Australian jojoba oil and certified organic coconut oil.
GOTS certified organic cotton
We use 100% GOTS certified organic cotton because it is free from harmful chemicals or substances, made in a fair, safe environment and harvested in an environmentally friendly way. Ordinary cotton production commonly utilises insecticides and highly toxic pesticides. Did you know that approximately 25 per cent of the world's insecticide consumption comes by way of ordinary cotton production? Apart from the health impacts, this has a damaging effect on the environment.
Certified organic Australian beeswax
Our wraps contain beeswax because it is a natural glazing agent and has antimicrobial properties. The beeswax in our wraps help to prevent water loss and retard shrinkage and spoilage, particularly for fruit and cheese. The beeswax also acts as a barrier to light and oxygen, which helps reduce how quickly food spoils.
We use pure organic Australian beeswax, which means it comes from hives that are free from harmful chemical exposure or antibiotic use, and the bees are treated as humanely as possible.
Natural tree resin
The tree resin in our wraps helps gives them their wonderful tactile and self-adhesive properties. We use dammar resin from Indonesia. Ninety-five per cent of the earth’s dammar trees are grown sustainably by farmers in Indonesia. Dammar resin is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved and can be used as a glazing agent or an additive in food.
Q: Why should I use wintering beeswax wraps instead of single use plastic to store my food?
A: Apart from the environmental impact of single use plastic, our beeswax wraps help keep food fresher naturally. When fruits and vegetables ripen, they produce a gas called ethylene. Reducing the exposure to ethylene slows the natural ripening and helps to extend produce shelf life. Wintering beeswax wraps provide a natural environment to store food so you can say farewell to overly slimy and suffocated food.
Q: How long will my wintering beeswax wrap last?
A: Your wintering beeswax wraps can last 6 to 12 months depending on how frequently you use them and if you follow the care instructions.
You will know you need a new beeswax wrap when your existing wrap feels threadbare and significantly less waxy.
Beeswax wraps that have reached the end of their lifespan can be:
- refreshed using a DIY beeswax wrap kit
- repurposed, including as jar openers, twist ties or craft materials for sensory play or craft activities;
- scrunched up tightly into a ball and used as a fire starter; or
- placed in a compost bin to return to the earth.
Q: How will I know what is wrapped up inside of my beeswax wrap?
A: wintering beeswax wraps are opaque because this helps to reduce exposure to light, which helps keep food fresher. Exposure to light or photo degradation is a major contributor to food spoilage.
You can try wrapping your food in different ways or with differently patterned wraps to help differentiate between wrapped food.
We think that one of the wonderful aspects of using our wraps is the very act of uncovering the food. In our own experience, we often feel a sense of wonder when we open a wrap and find our food fresh beyond our ordinary expectations.
Q: Will my beeswax wrap smell?
A: Our wraps have a delicious honey-like scent from the beeswax. The scent is relatively faint and will fade over time and with use.
Q: Will my beeswax wrap stain?
A: wintering wraps are a natural product so they do not contain chemicals to repel pigments. They may absorb the natural dyes from highly pigmented foods, such as beetroot, pomegranates, turmeric or ripe berries. To reduce staining, we suggest using a bowl covered with a wrap to store these types of food. If you must use your wrap in direct contact with highly pigmented foods, keep your wrap cool and wash immediately after use.
Q: Why do some of my beeswax wraps have little flecks on them?
A: We use the highest grade natural tree resin in our wraps. While we take every care to strain our beeswax mixture, flecks of tree residue may sometimes find its way through the muslin strain into the beeswax mixture. This is nothing to worry about. It adds character to a beautiful, natural product. Don’t be tempted to pick off the flecks, as this may compromise the protective beeswax coating.
Q: What kind of packaging do you use?
A: We use sustainable packaging materials that serve a practical purpose.
We post wintering beeswax wraps in a comPOST satchel from The Better Packaging Co. These satchels are made from corn starch with a man-made binding agent for added flexibility. They can be composted in a home compost and will biodegrade in 3 to 6 months.
We use a small piece of parchment baking paper from If You Care to protect your wrap during transit. You can reuse this in the oven. The parchment paper is unbleached, totally chlorine-free and compostable in a home compost.
We place purchases of multiple beeswax wraps in a reusable, unbleached cotton muslin gift bag. They can be reused to store tea leaves, coffee, herbs, soaps, or even in food preparation and cooking (be sure to wash the bag before the first use). You can compost the bag at the end of its life cycle or recycle it.
If you do not wish to receive a gift bag, we absolutely respect that – just leave a note in your order and we will hold the bag.
We have also made conscious, environmentally friendly choices when it comes to our branding collateral. Our thank you cards and business cards are printed on 100% recycled pure cotton paper made from T-shirt offcuts. Our product labelling is printed on 100% recycled paper and designed with a smaller footprint to reduce paper waste.