Like a lot of people, Sarah Kaeck was sick of throwing away disposable food wrap. But she also needed a way to keep food fresh.
So Kaeck designed Bee’s Wrap, a reusable food wrap made from beeswax and fabric that’s become a favorite among environmentally conscious home cooks—and some of us in the office as well. We decided to catch up with Kaeck at the International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago to find out more just how Bee’s Wrap got so popular.
Kaeck’s first attempts at making Bee’s Wrap started in her own home in Bristol, VT. “I started playing around with fabric and beeswax,” she said. “I shared it with friends and family, and I decided it was a product I could market—and it kind of went from there.” Now, she employs a team of nine people, and invented machinery that waxes rolls of fabric so she could scale up production to meet demand.
While it’s largely sold on its environmental benefits, Bee’s Wrap is also ideal for food storage. An avid home baker, Kaeck said it’ll help keep bread crusty and soft. “It breathes just a little bit, which is actually a very healthy environment for your food—it’s great for wrapping cheese, half of an avocado (IMPORTANT), or half of a lemon.” Not only is this plastic wrap alternative reusable, but it’s multifunctional as well. You can build a sandwich on top of it in your kitchen, and then unwrap it to use as a placemat. Genius.
It’s also great for covering jars and bowls. Just press some Bee’s Wrap onto the top of a container and the warmth of your hand will soften the wax just enough to create a seal. Oh, and did we mention this wrap smells faintly of honey?
You can wash Bee's Wrap with cold water (soap is okay, but warm water melts the wax), hang-dry it, and use it again. According to Kaeck, it should last about a year if you use it a few times a week. Kaeck told us that she has more plans for Bee’s Wrap, including complementary products and new patterns—all of which will probably be a hit with our employees.