With July being "Plastic Free July" it bought to my attention the overuse of plastic in my life and home. I am on a quest, be it slow, to reduce or remove plastic from my home and find a sustainable replacement for the plastic I am using now. I have set myself the challenge of converting one plastic item per month into a non-plastic version. The first substitution was using bamboo toothbrushes and making toothpowder for our oral hygiene. Using the toothpowder has now become habit and I really love it. Along with the amazing flavour hit of orange and clove it leaves your teeth squeaky clean.
This months item I am replacing/substituting, is plastic wrap. While replacing toothbrushes and toothpaste was a small step, replacing plastic wrap, for me, will be a much bigger step. A huge, catering roll of plastic wrap has sat, proudly, on my bench top, ready whenever I needed it, for as long as I can remember. So replacing plastic wrap will take more time to get used to.
|I have two sizes of these Beeswax wraps, this is the smaller one and as you see is big enough to easily cover a 250 grams block of butter|
In the beginning, when I was packing my lunch, I automatically cut a piece of plastic wrap before I even thought about it. Now as I unpack my lunch bag, and wash and dry the containers from my lunch, I have been wiping and drying the beeswax wrap ready to reuse for the next day.
|I bought these food safe silicon food covers a while ago at the Redcliffe Beach Front Market. They are very good at sealing food. There are 4 sizes and I have them hanging on the inside of my pantry. I use the biggest one to cover the bowl, when proving the homemade bread. I just need to get into the habit of reaching for one of these rather than the plastic wrap to seal food.|
I received the Beeswax Wraps 2 months ago as part of the "Mighty Fix" monthly subscription. But I know they can be made quickly and easily and will be having a go at making some soon. When I did my "Introduction to Permaculture" Morag Gamble of "Our Permaculture Life" blog showed us how to make these useful wraps. They only take a few "ingredients" to make and hardly any time and voila beeswax wraps at a fraction of the cost of bought ones.
So, over to you, is there a substitute that you use to replace or reduce the use of plastic in your home?