Beeswax food wraps are a fantastic plastic-free, zero-waste alternative to cling film.
They’re attractive, easy-to-use and 100% biodegradable. They come in a wide range of sizes and designs, and they’re perfect for the whole family.
What’s not to like about them?
To help you decide which beeswax food wrap to choose, we’ve created a list of our favourites that are available in the UK.
Best Beeswax Food Wraps in the UK
Here are some of the best beeswax food wraps on the market in the UK right now.
Most of them come in sets of three wraps of different sizes. They can seem quite pricey, but remember that these wraps are reusable and can last for up to a year.
1. Bee’s Wrap Assorted Wraps
These wraps from Bee’s Wrap are handcrafted in the US using beeswax from sustainably-managed hives.
They use only organic jojoba oil and their fabric and printing is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard.
This makes them a fabulous option for reducing your single-use plastic waste and making better zero-waste lifestyle choices.
Their beeswax wraps come in a wide variety of bright and cheerful colours, and they offer packs containing three sizes: small, medium and large. The sizes of the three wraps are 18 x 20 cm, 25 x 28 cm and 33 x 35 cm respectively.
These beeswax wraps are quite pricey, but they should last for about a year, so they’re not so expensive compared to disposable cling film.
Most people find that these wraps are easy to use and easy to clean, so they are a practical as well as eco-friendly alternative to cling film.
2. Eco Habit 100% Natural Beeswax Food Wraps
Eco Habit beeswax food wraps are created on the South Coast of England by a small, family-run business.
Passionate about reducing the amount of plastic waste in the world, they create beautiful bright food wraps with cute patterns that your whole family will adore.
These wraps are made using cotton and natural beeswax. They should last for 6-12 months if you take care of them.
As you’d expect from a small, local business, Eco Habit also offer wonderful support and advice on how to get the most from their beeswax food wraps plus same day 1st class postage if you order before 2pm.
This set contains three wraps of different sizes (35 x 33 cm, 30 x 25 cm and 25 x 20 cm). These wraps work well, and are a good way to cut down on your plastic usage.
3. Archie Organic Beeswax Wraps
If you’re looking for a more understated alternative to cling film and single-use plastics, Archie Organic’s beeswax wraps will be right up your street.
These wraps can last up to a year, so they offer good value for money in the long term and can help you cut down on a lot of waste.
This set of three different-sized wraps is great for storing food in an eco-friendly way. Most people find them very easy to use, and they look great too with a fun design.
Eco-friendly and cost-effective, they’re made from 100% organic cotton, beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin. They work great when it comes to cold food storage and come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
4. Wrappy Bee Reusable Organic Beeswax Food Wraps
Wrappy Bee’s organic beeswax food wraps make a perfect zero-waste gift for the holiday season, or the ideal addition to any zero-waste household.
The design is chic yet understated, they’re created using certified organic cotton, organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil and natural pine resin and they’re the best biodegradable option around.
Coming in a 3-pack with one extra small wrap absolutely free, this is the option if you’re encouraging your family to use less plastic.
The three wraps measure 7″ x 8″, 10″ x 11″ and 13″ x 13″, and will last for more than 6 months if you take good care of them.
5. The Beeswax Wrap Co. Beeswax Wraps
If you’re looking for a high-quality beeswax wrap that shares your eco-friendly values and looks amazing, you should check out the stunning handmade designs on offer from this eco-minded company, based in Stroud, England.
Their wraps are made from certified organic cotton, low-impact dyes, organic jojoba oil, pine resin and UK-sources beeswax from with a 30-mile radius of their workshop.
This makes brings a whole new meaning to ‘buy local’.
Unlike many other companies, they also offer a variety of beeswax food wrap designs that will appeal to the whole family, including those young kiddies, teenagers, men and the rest of the family.
About Beeswax Wraps
A beeswax food wrap is simply a square or rectangle of cotton which has been coating with a blend of beeswax, pine resin, and jojoba or coconut oil.
This coating makes the cloth waterproof but breathable too.
You can use them to keep your cheese fresh, to wrap up your fruits and veggies (avoid acidic fruits like pineapple), to store your bread, cakes, cookies and other baked goods, to cover your freshly-made dough and for much more besides.
These food wraps make wonderful plastic-free storage options for school and collage lunchboxes, picnics and work lunches too.
You can find them across the UK in health food stores, specialist markets and online.
How to wrap your food using a beeswax food wrap
If you’re used to using cling film, getting started with beeswax food wraps can take a bit of practice, but it’s very easy once you know how!
Simply use the natural heat of your hands to gently warm your food wrap so it becomes more bendy and slightly ‘sticky’. Then wrap and store.
Here are our two favourite beeswax food wrapping techniques:
- Place your food inside, lift the bottom to cover, tuck in the sides, then continue to roll up like a Mexican-style wrap.
- Pop your food right onto the middle, lift two opposite corners into the centre and seal. Repeat with the other opposite corners. Voila! A dumpling-style food wrap.
TIP: The key to keeping your food fresh is to keep everything wrapped tightly with a minimum of air.
How to care for your beeswax wrap
Beeswax food wraps are very easy to care for when you know how.
After each use, simply brush off or wash with cool water and some washing up liquid, rinse and hang to dry.
Then you can simply store in a drawer or on your counter until you’re ready to use again.
If you start to notice cracks or creases, you can reset the wax by popping into a very low oven for a minute or so.
Alternatively, you can also pop your food wrap onto your ironing board, covering with a thin towel and quickly passing the iron over the top.
If you care for your wraps properly, they could last you for a year or more.
Once the life of your beeswax food wraps have come to an end, you can simply cut into strips and pop onto the compost heap.
Beeswax Wrap FAQs
Here are some frequently asked questions about beeswax wraps.
Can beeswax wraps be used in the microwave?
No, putting beeswax wraps in the microwave will melt the wax. Likewise, you shouldn’t put wraps in the oven or under the grill.
Why use jojoba oil in beeswax wraps?
Jojoba oil is often used in beeswax wraps to make them softer and also a bit stickier. This means they are easier to wrap over a bowl or around a sandwich, as they keep their shape better.
You can make beeswax wraps without jojoba oil, but it tends to make them more pliable, so it’s a good thing to add.
Jojoba oil is also a natural antibacterial, which is always a good thing in a food wrap.
Are beeswax wraps safe?
Beeswax is a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal, so it’s a good thing to wrap your food in. Of course, you need to keep your beeswax wraps clean by washing them frequently.
Beeswax wraps shouldn’t be used for raw fish or meat (as this can contaminate the wraps). You also shouldn’t use them to wrap hot food as this could melt the wax.
Are beeswax wraps reusable and washable? How do you wash them?
Yes, beeswax wraps are reusable and can be washed. They should be washed in cold water with some washing up liquid, as hot water can melt the wax. After cleaning a beeswax wrap, rinse it and let it dry.
Are beeswax wraps vegan?
Beeswax generally isn’t considered to be vegan since it’s produced by bees. Vegan alternatives to beeswax wraps include reusable wraps made from candelilla wax and soy wax.
Are beeswax wraps waterproof?
Beeswax wraps are more or less waterproof, but won’t create a 100% airtight or waterproof seal.
They won’t break when they get wet, but shouldn’t be relied on to prevent liquids from spilling. They will also become less waterproof over time.
How long do beeswax wraps last?
Beeswax wraps can last for up to a year depending on how heavily they are used.
Can beeswax wraps be used in the freezer?
Yes, you can use beeswax wraps in the freezer.
How to Make Beeswax Wraps
Beeswax wraps are quite easy to make yourself.
All you need is some fabric (ideally something biodegradable like cotton) and some beeswax pellets (see some on Amazon here).
You can optionally add jojoba oil and/or pine rosin (solid resin).
Here are the basic steps to follow:
- Cut the fabric to the size you want for a wrap
- Lay the fabric flat on a baking tray
- Sprinkle beeswax pellets evenly over the fabric
- Put it in the oven for a minute
- Take it out and check that the wax has melted across the fabric evenly. If there are some unwaxed patches, sprinkle more beeswax pellets over them and put it back in the oven.
One alternative to using the oven is to place greaseproof paper over the fabric and wax and iron it.
Beeswax food wraps are the perfect zero-waste alternative to cling film and plastic wrap.
Reusable, easy to clean and care for, and fully compostable, they’re the must-have item for any zero-waste home.
If we had to pick just one of these products to recommend it would be Bee’s Wrap Assorted Wraps as they are some of the most highly rated and popular eco-friendly reusable food wraps available at the moment.
Charlotte Witts is a writer and entrepreneur who wants to show you how easy it is to live a more conscious, zero-waste lifestyle. A confirmed yoga-addict, trail runner and ocean-lover, she currently lives in the Azores where she enjoys the simple pleasures in life.