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163: Bioplastic food wrap

Problem:

Cling film, shrink wrap, cling wrap or food wrap has been universally used in kitchens around the world. Some studies refer to health problems regarding phtahlates (a chemical plasticizer that makes PVC softer and more flexible), which can pass into food. The other big problem of this material, is that only a few centers can  recycle it so it ends up in landfills or the sea.

Solution:

Biodegradable food wrap


Adapting with NatureWorks’s Ingeo bio-plastic, MetalVuoto of Braganza, Italy, active in the production of metallised and lacquered barrier films for food packaging have developed Oxaqua or Ingeo Propylester, a high-barrier biodegradable film designed to keep processed foods fresh on store shelves.

More organic is Bee’s Wrap, created by Sarah Kaeck of Middlebury, Vermont. In 2012, Kaeck, a mother of three who had been, by turns, an avid gardener, milker of goats, keeper of chickens, and seamstress started with a question facing many families and home cooks: How could we eliminate plastics in our kitchen in favour of a healthier, more sustainable way to store our food?

What she developed is a lost tradition made new again.
By infusing organic cotton muslin with beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin, she created a washable, reusable, and compostable alternative which could be sealed by the warmth of the hands.

(beeswrap.com)In the early days, Sarah hand-waxed each sheet of of the concoction onto every wrap by hand herself, and even when she had been joined by five women from the Middlebury community, for months the comforting scent of beeswax filled Sarah’s home.

Moving to nearby Bristol, Bee’s Wrap have since designed a custom machine to coat their organic fabrics. The production is available in more than 2,400 stores across the United States and can be found in the gift, grocery, housewares, and outdoor markets. Bee’s

Wrap is also distributed internationally throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and parts of Asia.

In 2019, Bee’s Wrap became a Certified B Corp, recognized as one of the select companies scoring in the top 10 % in the Environment category of the B Impact Assessment.

What you can do: Buy and use biodegradable food wrap.

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