Ben’s Bees Course: DIY Beeswax Wraps
Now, you all know, I am a community man. I love getting out there with the people, sharing my love for all thing’s bee-related, and trying, as best I can, to make the planet a better place. From my experience, I understand that communities exist on different levels, and being part of one involves sharing stories, skills and ideas. That’s why community and adult education has always been so dear to my heart. And as you all know I am super passionate about ramping up the war on waste, I want us to get together and find new solutions for our wasteful habits.
Cling film, Gladwrap, or plastic wrap, is a thin plastic film that clings to itself and other surfaces. But this single-use product is a big issue: it is not reusable, and immediately ends up in landfill and our oceans, leaching chemicals for years, and causing harm to the environment. Not only do cling-plastics cause this ongoing pollution, evidence suggests that these plastics may be leaching chemicals into our food and drinks, especially when heated; Cancer Research UK is now warning that cling wrap should not be allowed to touch food it is covering whilst microwaving.
So, what’s the perfect substitute? A reusable and effective product that compares to cling-plastics is the newly-popular beeswax cloth! And I make my very own. I use them in the kitchen at home, I wrap my kids’ lunches in them, I give them to my friends as gifts. These natural cotton cloths, embedded with beeswax and resins, are pliable and washable and can mould to fit foods and vessels that require protection. By using non-toxic substances, the potential for leaching is eliminated, and the “throw-away” habit is reduced in the home environment.
And despite their newfound popularity, beeswax wraps are based on ancient preservation techniques, as cloth impregnated with wax resists moisture. The warmth of your hands will mould the beeswax wraps to the desired shape. They can be washed in cold water with a gentle soap like castile soap (however, as they cannot be washed in hot water due to the wax melting, these wraps are not recommended for meat). Depending on how frequently they are used, beeswax wraps can last for up to one year, and can then be re-waxed and replenished. No need to throw away!
So, as I mentioned, sharing my love for the environment, and the skills to make the planet a better place, is top of my list. So why not join up for one of my very-popular, beeswax wrap making courses? Happening now in Melbourne’s suburbs, as well as some regional areas of Victoria, this two-hour course is split into two sections: the first hour is an informative chat about bees and the important uses of bee products (honey and wax); in the second hour, I will teach you how to make your very own beeswax wraps! This is something you can then do at home, for your own use, or the perfect environmentally-friendly present. The cost of the course is just $25 (the same cost as buying a pack of two wraps) and you take home your own wrap, so why not learn this valuable and enjoyable skill and make the beeswax wrap an integral part of your kitchen. Get in touch via [email protected] for course times and locations.