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Packing from beeswax

Packing from beeswax

On average, a family of four produces 15 kilograms of solid waste every week, most of which is made up of packaging material. Plastic, polyethylene, tin packaging, household chemicals and cosmetics serves the consumer for a short time, then they are frown out at a dump where decades of decay are coming. This depressing trend is easy to change, and to help come ... bees!

The creation of eco-packaging is carried out by many not indifferent people in the most different corners of the planet. In the course are plants, algae, paper ... The line has reached the bee products. Packing material covered with beeswax, offers several manufacturers today, which is not surprising, because it is cheap, environmentally friendly and has unique qualities.

Packing material covered with beeswax is environmentally friendly

Packing material covered with beeswax is environmentally friendly, photo WEB

So, beeswax characterized by excellent bactericidal properties, due to which it prevents the growth of protozoa microorganisms colonies. This ability was known in ancient times, and therefore it was used with packing of  jerky, cheese and bread.

The whole heads of cheese were covered with wax, protecting them from weathering and drying. Today, wax mostly goes for the production of candles. It also found some application in medicine and cosmetology. However, a new look at its use can turn the modern notion of keeping food at home.

Cheese is covered with wax to keep it from drying out

Cheese is covered with wax to keep it from drying out, photo WEB

For example, Sarah Kaeck, engaged in farming, once wanted to increase the duration of product storage and store as many useful substances as possible. The result of the brainstorm was the creation of Bee's Wrap, which is a cotton fabric covered with a special mixture of jojoba oil, wax and resin trees.

From the heat of the hands, the quality of the material changes, it becomes soft and pliable, so it is able to take any form. Wrap a sandwich or uneaten half of the fruit, cover a plate with a salad or hide a bunch of greens in it - the products will keep their freshness even better than in food film. It is noteworthy that the package of beeswax is designed for long-term operation. It is enough only to gently wash it with cold water after each use. As for disposal, this biomaterial decomposes quickly and without harm to the environment.

Bee's Wrap is designed for long-term use

 Bee's Wrap is designed for long-term use, photo © beeswrap

Almost identical product is offered by the spouses Toni and Colin. Their packaging material is called Abeego and has the same qualities and similar composition. Especially curious users even conducted an experiment, wrapping a piece of cheese in Bee's Wrap and in Abeego, and the third was wrapped in ordinary cotton cloth and hidden in a food container. After 10 days, all three products were equally edible, not dried up and not covered with mold. However, Sarah's packaging material gave the cheese a light waxy aroma, and Abeego - the smell of pines.

Упаковка Abeego тоже отлично сохраняет качество продуктов

Abeego also perfectly preserves the quality of products, photo © abeego

A similar start-up also appeared in Russia. The friendly nature packaging BeePack offers the project "The Word of the Beekeeper." They produce jars from pure wax, where you can store honey itself, and any loose products.

BeePack is made of pure wax

BeePack is made of pure wax, photo ©

Today, the population of bees around the world is rapidly declining, and the environment is plagued with plastic waste. Surprisingly, bio-packaging based on beeswax is a wonderful opportunity to influence both these processes. Everyone can take part in this, because starting from small, we all make our own contribution to the common cause - the struggle for the purity and health of our planet.

Victoria Romanova, Russia, Moscow