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.
- Can you use soy wax to make wax food wraps?
- Why use vegan alternatives to beeswax to make your reusable food wraps?
- How to make vegan wax food wraps
- How to take care of reusable wax food wraps
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.
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?
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.