About Your WaxHiveWrap.
The following questions and answers will hopefully give you all the information you need for using, caring and implementing your WaxHiveWrap.
What is a WaxHiveWrap
A WaxHiveWrap is a reusable beeswax food wrap alternative to single-use items in the kitchen like cling film and other plastics. The wraps are handcrafted by us in our workshop in Thy, Denmark, from local beeswax, pine resin, organic coconut oil and OEKO Tex standard 100 cottons.
How do I use a WaxHiveWrap?
Simply use the heat from your hands to seal it around your cheese, vegetables, sandwiches bowls trays whatever your wrapping needs might be. Our WaxHiveWraps are breathable and water resistant so not only are they great at keeping your food fresh they also work well for ferments (we always use them for our rising sourdough breads). We do not recommend using the wraps for pineapples, raw meat or fish.
Why use a WHW
Treat your food right keep plastic out of sight.
Our world is in a climate and pollution crises and our aim is to help make the little changes that make a big difference. Our product helps to reduce single use plastic by being a reusable long lasting product. After use, clean it with cold water and Eco detergent making it ready to go again! Our wraps keep veg and greens crisp and fresh -ready to eat with the same convenience and without the chemicals.
Not only is it about reducing plastic waste but also acknowledging the importance of good food and how to care for it so it doesn’t go to waste. Our wraps are made with all natural products meaning it is 100% biodegradable so when it has taken its last breath it can either be composted or cut into pieces and used as firelighters.
Changes can be hard but at least this one adds a bit of fun and colour to everyday life!
What are they made of?
Yes, the wrap is reusable. The wrap is very durable and can be reused over and over again, you don’t need to use it on the same item either. Simply wash the wrap with eco detergent and cold water, (As hot water will melt the wax) hang to dry (away from the sun) and it is ready to use again.
Pine resin is that sticky juice inside the tree, you have probably seen it if a branch has been knocked off a tree and the sap is running out of it. It is what gives the wrap its stickiness.
Organic coconut oil makes your wrap softer so it doesn’t crack as quickly.
100% cotton, the cotton is oeko tex standard 100 meaning it has been tested for harmful chemicals. To find out more click here
Are they reusable?
YES, they most certainly are.
How do I clean my wrap?
To clean your wrap rinse them in COLD water with a bit of eco detergent and hang to dry. Ours usually end up on the back of a chair but if you have a drying rack even better.
Why cold water? If the wrap gets to hot the wax will melt because it has a melting point at around 60 degrees C, there for keeping it out of direct sunlight is also a good idea.
How long do they last?
Our WaxHiveWraps last for up to a year if they have been well cared for. When you use our wrap, creases are naturally going to form. We recommend that you refresh the wrap every couple of months (depending on the use) this will smoothen out the creases and redistribute wax into cracks where the wraps have continuously been folded – simply resetting it.
When your wrap has become really wrinkly after a couple of months you can use one of two methods to refresh them.
Oven – set your oven at 100 degrees C place your wrap on a baking tray with baking paper (so wax doesn’t go on your tray) and pop it in the oven for 2- 3 min until the solution on the wrap has melted. Take it out of the oven, remove from the tray making sure not to burn your fingers, gently waft it until it has cooled down. DO NOT use this method if you have a gas oven as the naked flame could set it on fire.
Iron – set your iron on the hottest setting, on your ironing board place an old piece of fabric you don’t use anymore (towel, tea towel, t-shirt) to protect your ironing board from wax. Cut two pieces of baking paper so they are about 5 cm bigger on every side than your wrap. Place the wrap between the baking paper so it goes: Ironing board, old tea towel, baking paper, wrap, baking paper, iron. Iron it so the wax on the wrap melts and redistributes itself back into the wrap. When you think it is enough, take it off the paper and waft it in the air to cool down for a little bit (about 1 min). There you go as good as new!!
Tip! Keep the baking paper for next time you refresh your wrap
I accidentally washed my wrap with hot water what do I do?
Don’t worry it is not as bad as it might seem, it can be SAVED. On our website we have refresher blocks you can buy. It is a block of the solution we use when making the wraps.
All you have to do is refresh it like normal but grating a bit of the block on to the wrap where the wax is crumbling off or is missing and you will be back in action.
Refresher blocks, when and how to use them?
After a year of use, your wrap might feel a bit thin. In this situation you can also use the refresher blocks to top up the amount of wax on your wrap. As described above, you can use the same method to revitalize them. The use of the wrap and your judgement determines when it is time to refresh them. It is natural that with use and refreshing that some wax will have been left on the baking paper.
Small 20 cm x 20 cm
This size is great for wrapping small blocks of cheese, cut vegetables like cucumber and half avocadoes and great for covering small bowels, lunch snacks and jars.
Medium 33 cm x 33 cm
good for small sandwiches, blocks of cheese, bowls and greens
Large 43 cm x 43 cm
The biggy is great for loaves of bread, wrapping your green leaves, salad bowls, half cabbages, melons
Where do I store them
When your wraps have dried after washing, store them in your drawer but any handy places away from the sun.
Can I wrap hot food or use it in the microwave?
You can NOT wrap hot food as one of the main components is beeswax which has a melting point at about 60 degrees C.
Furthermore, this means that you cannot use them in the oven or microwave either.
If you would like to cover your leftovers, we suggest you let your food cool down before wrapping it and putting it in the fridge. In general, it is a good idea to let your leftovers cool down before putting it in the fridge as it won’t raise the temp in the fridge which risks tarnishing other foods and saves electricity. We have three different sizes of wraps depending on your wrapping needs.
What do we Package our products with?
Our packaging is plastic free! We use brown paper that is cut, folded and hand stamped by us. The paper is recyclable and our inkpad can be refilled. When we send our wraps to you we use the same brown paper and eco-crafts parcel tape which is made of renewable kraft paper and the adhesive is natural rubber based meaning it is recyclable and vegan friendly. These guys are great to check them out at their Environmentally Friendly Online Store | Supplying Recycled Paper Since 1991.
Postage and Packaging
We will post your WaxHiveWraps as soon as possible. Usually, you should receive the wraps within 5 days, However, if the wrap is not with you within 14 workings days, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org