Catchy title huh? (Because that’s what I’m all about!)
Takes me back to primary school, telling someone to mind his or own business. Why beeswax? I have absolutely no idea! And neither do most people based on a quick internet search.
That aside, why talk about beeswax? Because this is a fairly new discovery of mine that I wanted to share with you.
You may have picked up on the fact that I do try to be environmentally aware. I am using glass jars more frequently and trying to cut down on my use of plastics. After all, cling film has getting a bad rap of late. I try to recycle what I can, but if something is not recyclable, then it is up to me to try not to use it in the first place.
So to keep one’s sandwiches fresh, or to seal something in the fridge so the contents stay in the container and not dry out … what does one do? In the absence of any other solution, I thought I’d just wait and see what would emerge from my exposure to social media and advertising.
(I am fortunate enough to have contacts with a wide range of interests – I am always learning new things as a result…)
And then! I saw in the supermarket some bees wax covers. Lots of things about these immediately appealed to me – and despite being a 70s child, it wasn’t the orange fabric!
No, it was a re-usable material made from natural ingredients, and in this case, made by women in a remote Indian community. Sounds like the ideal solution to my plastic problem. I wrap it over a bowl and use the heat from my hands to mould the fabric all together and there we have it – sealed and ready to pop in the fridge.
I experimented for a recent picnic with our bread rolls. I have concluded that for in the fridge, they work very well for bowls, but for sandwiches which may contain a wet element, like tomato, they almost need a liner. If it wasn’t food I was talking about, I’d liken it to using a cloth nappy … yes, that is really the only way I can think of to best describe it!
I just need to find a liner type thing … that isn’t a liner!
And I need to remind you that if you use these for hot, even warm things, the wax will melt off and you will be left with a lovely piece of cotton. Beeswax is also used for candles for a reason 😊.
However, I am also pleased to say that the picnic was quite environmentally aware. For example, we use my late grandmother’s shiny enamel cups to fill with hot chocolate from our stay-hot drinking bottle. Hot chocolate? Believe me, when we are embarking on a picnic in the middle of winter, it is an ideal thing. It also works extremely well for going to the football – another crazy excursion into the cold to sit outdoors.
Sometimes I think I’m mad – until I see Nieuwjaarsduik and other similar cold-water diving events.
Some other ‘green’ things that I do:
- I take shopping bags to the supermarket for my groceries
I live in a state where bags are no longer provided and any plastic bags must be purchased.
- I have invested in some re-usable net bags for my fruit and vegetables.
This means that every shopping visit I don’t use at least 3 or 4 plastic bags. Over the course of a year, that would be 150-200 bags. Imagine if only 9 other people did the same … 1500-2000 less plastic bags. And believe me – there are far more than 10 people in that supermarket at a time, let alone over the course of a week.
Ironically, I think that those who seek to recycle their plastic are probably those who use less of it anyway.
- I make as much use of every recycling plan available to me as I can.
I use council recycling for my rigid plastics, cans and paper. I use the local hardware store’s electronic waste bins and the supermarket’s provision for recycling plastic bags which are turned into bollards, outdoor seating etc. (Replas)
- I have even started retaining my milk bottle tops and bread tags.
These are collected by a group and used to make picture frames, coat hangers, seedling trays … and then the funds raised are used to buy wheelchairs for those who can’t afford them. (Banish)
There’s a phrase, “from little things, big things grow” and it certainly is the case with something as small as a bread tag. Good for the planet, good for someone less able than myself.
And lastly, I feel that the best way to avoid waste is to either avoid the packaging where possible to start off with, or re-use something already there. This is the reasoning behind “Reduce” being first on the list of “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle”.
Kermit once said “It’s not easy being green”, but once you find a few little ways to make a difference, you are already making a big difference.
And to finish … here’s a couple of green quotes for you.
“But the grass ain’t always greener on the other side, It’s green where you water it” ~ Justin Bieber (surprisingly profound!)
“Green is a process, not a status. We need to think of ‘green’ as a verb, not an adjective.” ~ Daniel Goleman (author)