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Reusable Food Wraps DIY

It’s time to ditch the plastic wrap.  These are easy and very satisfying to make .  Here’s how:DSC_0780

  1. Gather your supplies.  You will need:
    • Beeswax I got mine from Cottonwood Springs Honey and Humblebee Candles
    • Some fabric a lightweight woven cotton works well.  
    • A cheese grater You may want to have one dedicated to this project.  It will get very waxy.
    • A foil lined pan
    • Oven mitts
  2. Set the oven to 170° F ( I may have set my oven slightly higher but you do not want any burning or fires). FYI the melting point for beeswax is 144°-147°F)
  3. Put your piece of fabric on the foil lined pan..
  4. Grate some beeswax and spread it somewhat thinly over the fabric.  It will look like you’ve spread Parmesan cheese all over your cloth.  Make sure you get to the edges.DSC_0785
  5. Pop it in the oven to melt (3-5 minutes).  Don’t walk away and forget about it. When you think it’s all melted take it out, lift it up and shake any excess off. My fingers don’t mind the heat of the beeswax.  Yours might!  It’s a hot.  Be careful. Wave it around a bit to dry and hang it on the back of a chair.  Repeat.    DSC_0777

If you missed a spot, don’t worry.  Just add some more beeswax and stick it back in the oven.

How to Use Your Wraps

  1. The heat of your hands is what helps the wrap stick to itself or the bowl. Fold it, press it, twist it.
  2. To clean: Use a mild detergent and wash under cool water. Don’t immerse unless it’s super dirty. Hang to dry, please don’t wring it out.
  3. Beeswraps are not suitable for the microwave or dishwasher. The wax will melt. If the food you wish to cover is hot, please wait until it cools.
  4. These wraps shouldn’t be used in contact with raw meats.  Put it in a bowl first and then cover that. I read that pineapple eats the wraps, so maybe avoid that too.
  5. You can use these over and over. After a year you may need to re wax. No problem – you don’t need to throw these guys out.

If you would like to try these but don’t think you will get around to making them you can contact me here: VeryHappyToys and I would be happy to make some for you.  If you have any questions please ask.

Happy making!

Exploring the wonders of Bulk Basket!

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A couple of weeks ago saw the grand opening of Saskatoon’s first truly WasteNot friendly grocery outlet, Bulk Basket! Cass and I were really excited for opening day, the location on Ave. C is just a few minutes from our house. So we piled our jars and cotton bags into the car and headed off to see what we could see!

Right off the bat, the thing that sets Bulk Basket apart is that the store’s whole philosophy is in line with the Zero Waste movement. Our old go-to bulk store’s in-house promo was all about “Buy as much or as little as you want”, whereas Bulk Basket wears it’s “Hey guys, let’s stop making garbage” heart on it’s proverbial sleeve. You can buy cloth bags for your goodies right on site, and there is a self weigh station to mark your containers as soon as you walk in.

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The store is a cozy family run operation, mom keeping shelves stocked, dad behind the till, and a little one behind the counter soaking it all in. Two long rows of bulk bins occupy the centre aisle of the store, with shelves lining the walls, and even a small produce section.

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A couple of the things that Cass and I were most excited to see were dish soap (no more having to make a separate trip to the Soap Exchange!), and the big selection of grains and pulse crops that were grown right here in Saskatchewan!


There were a couple of staple items that we weren’t able to stock up on for our first trip, but we were also excited to see a “request list”, so hopefully peanut butter and bird seed will be available in the not-too-distant-future.

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We then finished off our trip to Bulk Basket with a fresh coconut from the juice bar (they even had metal straws available for purchase, good job guys!). It was great to see the place thoroughly bustling on opening day, and we’re looking forward to getting back to Bulk Basket soon! This is a big positive development for the Zero Waste community in our city. For the changes that we want to see in society to take place, they need to make sense in the free market (or rather… dollars? Sorry, not sorry XD). It warms my heart to see the community coming together to support this business which is itself here to support *us*.