how to make vegan wax food wraps for your zero waste kitchen

How To Make Vegan Reusable Food Wraps With Soy Wax And Scrap Fabric

A few months ago I saw a reusable wax wrap tutorial on Facebook. If you haven’t heard of them, wax wraps are a reusable replacement for cling film or foil. You wrap the food and use the warmth of your hands to seal the wrap. The trouble is, most of them use beeswax – no good for someone trying to adopt a vegan lifestyle!

So I asked on my Facebook page if anybody knew of a suitable vegan alternative to the beeswax, and Debbie from My Chaotically Eclectic Life confirmed that soy wax should be as good as beeswax. Remember my massive laundry basket full of old clothes I’m too sentimental to get rid of I mentioned in my reusable facial cleansing pad tutorial? Well, most of the clothes are still there, begging to be put to good use.

Psst: if you don’t fancy making your own, here are a few UK based indy sellers: Rowen Stillwater, Handmade by Lucy Davies and EarthKind Creations.

  1. Can you use soy wax to make wax food wraps?
  2. Why use vegan alternatives to beeswax to make your reusable food wraps?
  3. How to make vegan wax food wraps
  4. How to take care of reusable wax food wraps
a sandwich on top on a handmade vegan wax wrap

Can you use soy wax to make wax food wraps?

To put it simply: yes! Soy wax can be used to make wax food wraps in any way that beeswax can. You don’t need to use food grade soy wax – regular soy wax you get from a craft shop will do. I got mine from Hobbycraft.

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Why use vegan alternatives to beeswax to make your reusable food wraps?

It’s a common misconception that honey, beeswax and other bee products don’t harm bees. Bees can be and often are harmed at every stage of the industrial bee keeping process. There are responsible bee keepers (or bee carers as they’re otherwise known) out there, but on a commercial scale sustainable bee keeping is not a priority for many. Beeswax (which is made by boiling and then straining honeycomb) does not belong to us. Honey does not belong to us. When you can use an alternative, why wouldn’t you? 

Vegan wax wraps in several different patterns

How to make vegan wax food wraps

What you need: a few tbsp soy wax, pinking shears or regular scissors, an iron, an ironing board, greaseproof paper, scrap fabric (100% cotton).

Cut your shapes. I didn’t do any measuring – I just chose the fabric I wanted and went with the shape of the fabric, cutting out any cuffs and seams. I ended up with some small wraps, some medium ones and one or two large ones. I am not a natural crafter so I wanted to make it as easy as possible! You could also draw around a plate as shown in the video below.

Set up your waxing station. Put the iron on a low heat (silk heat did the trick for me) and get two long pieces of greaseproof paper which are roughly the same length. Place one of the pieces of paper shiny side up on the ironing board and place the shapes on top.

Sprinkle the wax over the shapes. Cover with the other bit of greaseproof paper (shiny side down) and iron until the wax has melted into the fabric. Hang to dry. There you have it! Reusable, vegan wax food wraps. These would make a great Christmas or birthday present!

Visual learner? I found this video from Tina Turner (not *that* Tina Turner) on YouTube while updating this post.

How to take care of reusable wax food wraps

To wash reusable wax food wraps, give them a wipe with a damp cloth and your regular eco friendly dish soap (I use Splosh). Hang until dry.
To store reusable wax food wraps, fold them neatly and store upright in a box or basket.
To refresh reusable wax food wraps, just melt more wax into your clean wrap and hang to dry/solidify.

When you make yours, tag me on Twitter or Instagram with @theincrediblog so I can check out your creations!

Comments

      1. The thing I need an answer too be for I commit to one method or another is this. Beeswax has a preserving quality to it extending your foods life even more than cling wrap. Honey is well know for it’s heal and antimicrobial aspects my educated is this is why. If I am wrong I would love to be sent in the right direction because tell I find a diffintive answer I can’t choose

        1. Author

          I’m not sure what the question is, but I personally wouldn’t use any wax wrap with a view to extending the life of the food more than cling film. If I wanted to extend the life of the food, I would freeze it in a reusable container. I hope this helps!

    1. Author

      No problem, I’m glad I found it! It’s not my video though so anyone wanting to thank the vlogger should click through directly and comment on their channel (and preferably subscribe to their channel too).

  1. Hi there, thanks for the tutorial. I’m
    Just wondering how long these wraps will last without having to be refreshed with new wax? Many thanks.

    1. Author

      My most used wrap needed replenishing after about 6 weeks. Hope that helps!

  2. Hi Lauren, I’ve found the soy wax has not stuck properly and the wrap immediately cracked, the wax coming off on my hand. Have you ever had this happen? Am wondering if it’s the soy wax quality. Disappointing.

    1. Author

      I can’t say for sure without seeing it, but it sounds like there might be a bit too much soy wax in the cloth – if you iron it between two clean pieces of greaseproof paper to get some of the wax off it should help.

  3. I should have said, the wrap did not stick either.
    I have wraps I bought and they work so well! I hope I can figure this out.
    Thanks for your reply

  4. Wax paper and parchment paper are two different things. Don’t use wax paper. It’ll melt on your iron. Parchment works wonderfully.

  5. Adding jojoba oil can both prevent cracking and confer anti-bacterial properties on your wraps. You might have to add some pine resin to give it the stickiness and counter the oil. Haven’t tried it but it works for beeswax wraps.

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