{product} Bee gone, cling wrap! A story wrapped in beeswax

Keen to contribute towards saving our planet, but not sure how to get involved?  Bee Blessed beeswax wraps have revolutionised my kitchen, and joins the quest to ban single-use plastics from our homes.

Introduction

I love trying out new food products and kitchen gadgets. Especially if they are environmentally friendly or somehow curb the spread of single-use plastics, both causes which are close to my heart.

As part of a press drop, I recently received a neatly folded package of brightly coloured cloths, or lappies. Immediately, I was intrigued and excited. On closer inspection, I found a collection of beeswax wraps from a local company called Bee Blessed. They have taken the plight of our planet to heart by offering us an eco-friendly solution to the dreaded roll of sticky cling wrap.

Needless to say, I had to immediately reach out to Christine Viljoen, owner of and creative mind behind Bee Blessed, to find out more about this uplifting initiative (and to put in a second order!). The further I traveled down the beehive, the more it filled me with joy and pride, for these are so much more than just beeswax wraps. Every lappie is also wrapped in a tale of women and hope.

Background

Nestled in the fertile arms of Worcester, there’s a women’s club who are making a buzz locally. This group of women are the diligent hands behind Bee Blessed, an upliftment project conceptualised and implemented by Christine.

This clever alternative to cling wrap caught her eye during a visit to Australia, during a time where she was actively searching for a social development project to sink her teeth in.  Bee Blessed was born from a dream to assist, encourage and support the farm workers’ womens club on Lemoenpoort, just outside of Worcester. Easy to manufacture, eco-friendly and with great potential to create job opportunities for a number of farm workers, this initiative ticked most of Christine’s heart-wishes and she ran with the dream.

With the funds raised through this social development project, the women are hoping to become self-sufficient and put much needed funds into their own dreams and ambitions.

The name of the project, Bee Blessed, is a humble nod to everyone who supports this project by purchasing beeswax wraps. More over, it’s a wish for all their patrons to be blessed through life.

The product

Already having bee-hives on the farm for the necessary cross-pollination of their fruit trees, using beeswax as the foundation of this initiative seemed like a very logical and financially viable decision. The pine resin is purchased locally from a farmer who farms with pine trees. Non-toxic, environmentally friendly and re-usable, these “bee lappies,” as I’ve started to call them affectionately, ticks a number of conservation boxes without even trying very hard. The material is 100% cotton, with no plastic or synthetic fibres to add to our overly full landfills.

The beeswax wraps come in a range of beautiful designs, colours and sizes, which can also be customised for your specific needs.

They are washable, and at the end of their lifespan, also completely compostable.

How it works

The lappies are coated in bees wax, pine tree resin and jojoba oil. Once scrunched up in your hands and warmed by body heat, the lappie becomes a slightly sticky. Mold-able and pliable to wrap around most shapes and sizes of fresh produce or food containers, these are truly little lifesavers.

To clean, just wash with cool water and gentle soap. If heavily soiled, you can use a little brush to gently lift the stains.

You also get little “touch up” blocks which you can use to refresh your beeswax wraps after a while to give it a new look again. Simply melt your block, paint a small amount on your wrap, place baking paper on either side and iron with a hot iron until all wax is melted. Wait until dry and, voila, your beeswax wrap is as good as new again.

What to use it for?

I’ve been using the beeswax wraps for pretty much everything. To keep leftovers fresh,  to preserve fresh fruit and vegetables, to cover bowls of sauces, to wrap picnic sandwiches, to save cheese after opening and as little snack packs for biltong and nuts. 

In conclusion

Bee Blessed beeswax wraps really changed the way I think about plastic, and the space I give it in my life. It has forced me to think about alternative, more sustainable ways to live consciously and with intent. I now have a kitchen drawer dedicated to my “bee lappies.

Every time I pull one out, it makes me so happy to know that I’m doing my little bit to reduce plastic waste. But not only that, it gives me great joy to know that I’m contributing to someone’s livelihood.

Thank you, Christine, for creating this incredible space where we are not only concerned with our planet, but also with our people, and their well-being above all. I can’t wait to visit you all on the farm for a behind-the-scenes look at Bee Blessed, after lock-down is over.

Disclaimer: I was given this product(s) as part of a press drop in exchange for my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of The Little Hedonist, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated/credited, are also my own.

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