Australians alone deposit one million tones of plastic waste into landfill every year.
Plastic can take over 1000 years to break down and it is estimated that at least 10% of our plastic waste ends up in our oceans. Even in landfill, the chemicals from the plastic can leach into the soil and water systems, wreaking havoc on our natural ecosystems.
Not only is plastic cling wrap poisonous for the environment, it is also detrimental to our health. Cling wrap is mostly made from polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Both PVDC and PVC plastics are fairly rigid, so manufacturers generally add softening chemicals called phthalates, which are known to cause hormonal disruption and developmental issues.
Enter Honeybee Wraps; the ingenious creation of Sherrie Adams, a mother of five beautiful, young children, based in the Byron Bay Hinterland.
Sherrie was inspired to find an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic cling wrap to use in her kitchen and keep her children’s lunches fresh and free from waste. Her solution was to create Honeybee Wraps – an organic, reusable and sustainable wrap made from 100% organic cotton, local beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin. Each wrap is made by hand in Sherrie’s studio that sits amidst her family’s homegrown vegetable garden and overlooks grazing horses and picturesque countryside of Byron Bay.
With humble beginnings, Sherrie began to sell her wraps at the local weekend markets around the Byron Shire before being approached by stores keen to stock her unique product. Sherrie now has over 65 national stockists and her own online store that receives orders from around the world.
Sherrie aims to spread her Honeybee Wraps as far and wide as possible, meaning a move to a new, larger studio is necessary. With this goal in mind, Sherrie has started a crowd-funding campaign in hope that, with the support of her community and like-minded individuals around the world, she can take her business to the next level and begin manufacturing larger quantities of wraps, as well as creating her own, organically certified fabric rather than outsourcing materials from North America.
Since the inception of Honeybee Wraps, Sherrie has been met with enthusiastic and positive feedback from customers who not only love the durability and versatility of the wraps themselves but are also pleased and proud to support the movement towards waste-free living and lessening their environmental footprint.
In comparison to their plastic counterpart, Honeybee Wraps are made from 100% organic cotton, natural, local beeswax, jojoba oil and natural tree resin. Beeswax has been used for thousands of years for a diverse array of practical and medicinal applications and, by its very nature, is antifungal and antibacterial. It can be heated and re-used numerous times and will never spoil or grow mouldy. Jojoba oil also contains antifungal properties and tree resin is both non-toxic and completely natural. These three ingredients merge to create the perfect blend to stiffen and seal the cotton wraps, resulting in a flexible, malleable product that can be used to wrap food and keep it fresher and safer for longer.
Honeybee Wraps are ideal for storing fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, bread and cheese, for keeping leftover meals, rising bread, fermenting foods or covering soaking seeds. The warmth of your hands softens the wraps to fit the bowl or object perfectly and the wrap will retain this shape as the beeswax adheres gently to itself and naturally hardens. The wraps will last for up to a year with the right care and can then go straight back to the earth to be easily composted, meaning no waste, no landfill, no chemical leakage and no negative environmental impact.
At this period of time in human existence, it is more important than ever that we need to support projects, businesses and campaigns that are offering an alternative to waste and pollution. Honeybee Wraps support organic farming, nurture local beekeeping, reduce landfill, waste and pollution and offer a way to keep food safe, fresh and healthy.
To buy the wraps online or enquire about wholesale opportunities, view the website: www.honeybeewrap.com.au