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Want To Make Your Own Reusable Food Wrap? Here's How To Do It In 6 Easy Steps

By Nicole Caldwell

Plastic wrap is a mess. It gets used for a few hours or days to cover leftovers, then gets tossed in a landfill where it sits for at least 25 years before decomposing, leaving chemicals behind. Then there’s the effect cling wrap has on people: The chemical Bisphenol A, prevalent in plastic wraps, has been linked to breast and prostate cancer and early sexual development

Not exactly worth the convenience of not having to look for a matching Tupperware lid, right? Eco-friendly solutions have become popular in the green-living community, including the overnight success of Bee’s Wrap, a startup begun in 2012 as a sustainable, healthier alternative to kitchen plastics.

The reusable wrap is made with organic cotton with beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin and can last up to a year with “proper care” that includes rinsing the wrap in cool water with a mild dish soap before air-drying and folding in a drawer or basket on the counter. The only problem? Bee’s Wrap starts at $6 for a little piece barely big enough to wrap an avocado. So the folks over at Apartment Therapy wanted to see how easy it is to make your own. Here’s how they did it.

Gather your materials. 

  • Beeswax beads (you can find these on Amazon)
  • Fabric (A good tip from the DIY fabric-wrap tutorial on Nourishing Joy: "the best options for fabric are something about the thickness of a bed sheet with a very tight weave." I was also going to use a bed sheet, but the appeal of this organic-cotton lemon fabric caught me off guard.)
  • Pinking shears (to cut the fabric so it won't fray)
  • Parchment paper 
  • Baking sheet
  • Brush of some sort (optional)