One type of plastic that I still occasionally use in my kitchen bothered the daylights out of me: plastic wrap. Usually it comes in direct contact with your food, is one of the only things versatile enough to conform to any shape and need, but it was so very plastic. Yuk. In many cases I was able to substitute wax paper or parchment, which is great. But I still found myself turning to the dreaded Saran when I couldn't think of anything else. You can guess how excited I was to learn about a product from a company called Abeego.
It's a small Canadian designer/producer who came up with the brilliant idea to coat fabric in beeswax (and some Jojoba oil and tree resin). I bought a set of three single flats in three different sizes, and one of the multi-use wraps.
So how do you use them?? The flats will seal the top of a glass bowl, just like plastic wrap would. You conform the wrap to the surface of the bowl and the heat of your hands causes the wax to create a seal. It's a waterproof fabric (though I wouldn't try turning a bowl upside down) that is easily wiped clean with regular dish soap. Lay them flat to store in between uses.
The wrap has a closure that works very well folded up to contain food like a sandwich.
Why would I share this product with you when it could compete with snack bags that I make and sell? Honestly, my reusable snack and sandwich bags are great--but the lining is still made of a derivative of plastic. Abeego is a completely plastic-free option that is worthy of excitement. And, something that really made me happy was reading the word "compostable" on the packaging.
About the packaging--they send your product in wax paper with a recycled paper tag. I've found a lot of "eco-friendly" companies dropping the ball when it comes to packaging their product. Either putting something like this in a plastic bag to display in a store, or putting an organic cream into a plastic bottle. Abeego has thought through their process well. Though an order shipping from Canada takes a while to arrive, their shipping rates are incredibly reasonable. They are also expanding into new retailers all the time, so you may find a location near you.
I'm a fan and look forward to putting these wraps through some real challenges. Check them out! I think you will like them as much as I do.
**All opinions expressed are my own. I am not affiliated with Abeego in any way; they did not pay me to review their product. I like sharing products I think are fantastic!
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.