Innovative Food Wrap
Is this environmentally friendly plastic wrap alternative a viable option?
How We Tested
Bee’s Wrap ($16 to $19 for three sheets, depending on size), a beeswax-and-resin-coated cloth, touts itself as an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic wrap. Pliable, reusable for up to 30 washes, and mildly sweet-smelling, the wrap gains sticking power as its waxy surface warms under one’s hand, helping it seal to a container or adhere to itself. It comes in four sizes: small (7 inches by 8 inches; $16 for three sheets), medium (10 inches by 11 inches; $17 for three sheets), large (13 inches by 14 inches; $19 for three sheets), and bread wrap (17 inches by 23 inches; $15 for one sheet), for wrapping an entire loaf. We used Bee’s Wrap at home to cover serving bowls, to package lunch sandwiches, and to swaddle bread. The wrap avoided our major pet peeve with plastic—that it annoyingly clings to itself—and it kept food just as tightly sealed. But the wrap isn’t recommended for use with meat, since it can’t be washed in hot water. It also leaves a light waxy residue (which comes off easily with soap and water) on hands and dishes (but not food). So plastic still trumps beeswax for convenience, but if you’re trying to cut down on how much plastic you use, Bee’s Wrap can help.