The wax wipe is a reusable eco-friendly packaging made from wax-coated fabric. You can wrap vegetables, fruits, herbs and cheese in it to keep them fresh longer. In eco-shops they say that now napkins are one of the most popular goods along with eco-bags and reusable tubes.
What it is?
A wax wipe is a wax-coated cloth that is used to store food. It can be used to wrap bread, vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs and cheese. You can also use a wax napkin instead of cling film to cover food plates. Napkin makers say wax keeps food fresher longer.
Reusable wipes: after use, they can be rinsed with cool water and a mild dishwashing detergent. The service life can be up to 12 months, but some buyers say they use one napkin for five years.
Eco stores sell napkins from different companies. According to experts, the environment concern brand only adds wax to the napkins, and also uses jojoba oil and wood resin, due to which the packaging adheres better to dishes and to itself. As professionals say, they considered foreign options for sale, but they are more expensive, and the quality of manufacturers is completely satisfied with the product.
How did this product become popular?
The beeswax wraps wipes first appeared in America as an alternative to cling film. They began to be used by followers of the zero waste movement, who seek to reduce the amount of waste.
Who produces napkins and how?
The main manufacturers of such packaging are located abroad. These include companies such as Abeego, Bee’s Wrap, and Bee Eco Beeswax Wraps. You can order napkins from foreign manufacturers, but delivery to your location.
According to experts, wax napkins can even be made at home. To do this, you need to buy special wax balls, grate them, apply wax to the fabric and iron it through the parchment with an iron. The balls can also be melted and applied to the fabric with a brush.
The production of napkins in production and at home differs only in terms of time. However, when making napkins at home, you should monitor the quality of the ink used to stain the fabric, because it will come into contact with food.
Who buys and why?
Wax napkins in in the shops. They cost from 100 to 350 dollars apiece. Wax napkins her store are bought by people who strive for an eco-friendly life. About 90% of them are women who follow a zero waste lifestyle and strive to reduce the use of plastic and the amount of waste. Women most often buy wax napkins, but note that they are also often purchased as a souvenir from Russia.
What could go wrong?
Wax wipes should not be used by people with allergies to bee products, because one of the main components of such packaging is wax. It is also prohibited to wrap raw meat and fish in wax napkins, because, as they say, pathogenic micro-flora will remain on the packaging. Manufacturers note that when using wax wipes, it is better to prevent mold from products, but if this happens, you need to rinse the packaging with a sponge and dry it.
Wax wipes must not be boiled or heated
Wax packs must not be heated in the microwave or oven, boiled, or washed in hot water. High temperatures can damage the wax layer on the fabric, so the packaging should also not be kept in direct sunlight for a long time.