Posts Tagged ‘Beeswax’

Sustainable Food Storage

I’ve just discovered the most wonderful product called Bee’s Wrap. Handmade in Vermont by a young mother and her team, it’s the perfect alternative to plastic wrap for food storage. Bee’s Wrap is made from organic cotton muslin infused with beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin. The anti-bacterial properties of beeswax and jojoba oil keep the food fresh and allow the wraps to be used over and over.

Use Bee’s Wrap to wrap sandwiches, cheese, baked goods, bread, a half avocado, cucumber or lemon, or to cover a bowl of leftovers. It is not recommended for meat. With the warmth and pressure of your hand, the malleable sheet easily molds around the food to create a seal. To reuse, clean with a mild soap and air dry. With proper care and usage, it should last up to a year.

Bee’s Wrap comes in five sizes – small, medium, large, bread, baguette, and an assorted 3 pack.

Not only do food and plastic not go together, plastic wrap is not easily recycled. Here is at last a clever, easy, reusable and safe alternative for food storage. Congratulations to this creative young entrepreneur!

Minimally and attractively packaged, Bee’s Wrap can be found on line at beeswrap.com and at natural food stores and specialty shops all over, even internationally. For you readers on Cape Cod, Farm Fare Market at 68 Tupper Road in Sandwich carries them.

For more green living tips, visit greenwithbetsy.com.

 

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Green Candles (and I don’t mean the color!)

An aside: On a quintessential Patriot’s day, the face of the historic and prestigious Boston Marathon was changed yesterday by a horrific act of terrorism.  My heart goes out to the three people who were killed, those who were wounded, their families and all the runners who trained so hard and long and were unable to finish the race.   This tragedy, this shock, will not break the spirit of the hearty and resilient New England people.

I love candles – the light they cast, the ambiance they create, their ability to make an ordinary event special.  But – conventional paraffin wax candles contain toxic chemicals.  Paraffin is actually a petroleum byproduct, the sludge from the bottom of an oil barrel.  It’s then bleached with 100% industrial grade bleach, dyed, and often scented with synthetic fragrances, all of which contain microscopic particles that can cause cancer and respiratory problems when inhaled.  What’s more, 40% of candles on the market contain lead wires inside their wicks.*  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, “a candle with a lead-core wick releases five times the amount of lead considered hazardous for children and exceeds EPA pollution standards for outdoor air.”  Most often, the candles with lead wicks are scented candles. We all are aware of the problems associated with high levels of lead exposure – hormone disruption, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and health problems.  Additionally, soot from paraffin wax candles can damage computers, electrical appliances and your home.

100% beeswax candles

100% beeswax candles

As with most things, there are safer and healthier alternatives.  Vegetable-based wax candles with cotton wicks, like soy-based candles, are a non-toxic alternative to paraffin candles.  So are 100% beeswax candles, which are not only non-toxic, but are actually healthy for you.  I recently learned from a bee farmer that beeswax candles release negative ions as they burn.  Negative ions are nature’s air purifiers and are commonly produced in waterfalls, electrical storms and mountain regions.  They attract positive ions, particles that are positively charged like dust, pollen, mold and airborne germs.  The negative ions neutralize the positive ions so they no longer circulate in the air.  People with allergies, sinus problems and asthma have reported significant improvement in their symptoms after burning 100% beeswax candles.  Seems crazy, but honey is an ancient, nutrient-rich, natural healer; therefore it makes sense that beeswax is a healer too.

Get some toxin free candles today – you’ll breathe easier!

*Lead wicks have been officially banned in the United States since 2003, but that does not mean that candles manufactured in China or elsewhere don’t contain lead wicks.  Look for lead-free labels.

Information compiled from http://www.greenamerica.org/livinggreen/candles.cfm, http://www.babybellies.ca, and www,queenbeehoney.com.