December 09, 2019
ARNHEM X BEEFOLK DIY WRAPS Q&A
Each unique kit contains 4 Arnhem printed cloths crafted from Tencel and a Bee Folk 100g blend bar made from beeswax, tree resin, organic coconut oil and organic jojoba oil.
These DIY Bees Wax Wraps are biodegradable, compostable, re-useable, eco-friendly, zero-waste, breathable, non-toxic and make for super cute sustainable food storage.
A beautiful alternative to cling wrap and single use plastics.
These DIY wraps are fun to make with the kids, or to give as a mindful gift as an easy step on the journey towards a plastic-free future!
Behind Bee Folk is an incredible person, Marianni - read our Q&A with her...
TELL US ABOUT BEE FOLK AND HOW IT ALL BEGAN
I never liked using plastic cling wrap and then throwing it away.
When I first heard about beeswax wraps I was really excited about finally finding an alternative to plastic and soon started experimenting with my own.
A friend gave me a kilo of beeswax from a local beekeeper and I remember feeling so excited holding this large chunk of beeswax - it felt and smelt so natural and good!
I researched different formulas and made up various batches on my kitchen stove.
It took quite a while to come up with a blend that I felt was the perfect combination and it wasn't too long before I needed more wax!
Soon I was making bars for family and friends to make their own.
The feedback was great, so I decided to try offering my bars online and at local markets and bee folk has grown from there over the last couple of years.
Now I have my own home workshop and am really excited to be working with Arnhem,
seeing more and more people taking up the wax wrap idea and ditching single use plastic.
WHERE DO YOU SOURCE YOUR BEESWAX FROM?
I am lucky to live in a rural area where I can get natural raw unprocessed wax from local beekeepers.
It's been so humbling and inspiring learning more and more about how incredibly important bees are to us all.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES TRYING TO REDUCE THEIR WASTE?
Start with the everyday things.
It can feel overwhelming at first, but simply replacing your plastic clothes pegs with stainless steel or bamboo ones when they break,
or making the swap from a conventional toothbrush to a biodegradable one have a significant impact on our planet.
All the little changes add up to a big shift as we become more eco-conscious as a collective.
Before you purchase something, pause and asking yourself the question 'Is this made from natural fibres?'
And if not follow it with the inquiry "Is it made to last a life time?' or.. 'Can I find a more earth gentle alternative?'
is a simple yet very effective and empowering process that enables us to really think about our responsibility as not only consumers but earth keepers.
WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP FOR YOU ON YOUR ZERO-WASTE JOURNEY?
I'm always learning and refining how to live in a more peaceful co-existence with our planet and it's fragile eco systems.
This summer I'm really feeling called to committing to eating as locally and seasonally as possible.
Thankfully we are blessed with the most amazing farmers markets here in the Byron Shire with an abundance of beautiful fresh local produce!
I feel very grateful to live in a community that are really striving to be as low-waste as possible.
WHEN YOU'RE NOT POURING BEESWAX FOR BEE FOLK...
You'll find me pottering about my garden planting flowers for our bee friends, taking my beautiful grandchildren to the seaside,
or rustling up a meal from our humble veggie patch.
I'm happiest when I am at home, tending to our acre of land and enjoying good homegrown food with good company.
Shop the Arnhem X BeeFolk DIY Wraps HERE