How do you store your leftovers? What do you use to pack your sandwich to put it in your backpack for lunch? You may use glass or plastic storage containers to store your food, but most often you may choose the easiest way and just use plastic wrap.
Well, what if I told you that there's an eco-friendly alternative to your usual plastic bag! Bee’s Wrap offers an easy, reusable, and all-natural way to store your food. It’s a wrap that is made with certified organic cotton that's coated with sustainably sourced beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin.
Bee’s Wrap is a consciously created product that limits waste, specifically plastic, from going to landfills. This earth-friendly alternative to plastic wrap can be a step towards eliminating single-use plastics from your daily life. The product is a great choice in many ways, but it’s also important to say that cleaning Bee's Wrap is moderately challenging and sometimes the food can actually stick to the wrap. While I understand that Bee’s Wrap may not be the ideal and most convenient product for the average consumer, I also believe that Bee’s Wrap is an amazing solution that meets us halfway for the benefit of people and the planet!
Bee’s Wrap is a reusable, biodegradable, and compostable wrap with zero plastic waste. The wrap is made with certified organic cotton; its fabric and printing are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). It should be noted that GOTS includes the social and environmental criteria in its evaluation. In terms of environmental criteria, chemical use and water treatment are major areas that are evaluated in the processing of cotton. The cotton processing is also evaluated according to the International Labor Standards (ILO) in order to ensure social issues are addressed. The product also contains sustainably sourced beeswax, a naturally occurring wax produced in the bee's hives by honeybees. The beeswax, which is a renewable and versatile resource, is sourced from sustainably managed hives. As bees are very important in natural and agricultural ecosystems, it’s important that the brand is committed to source beeswax from responsible beekeepers who are caring for healthy hives. Bee's Wrap’s beeswax is not chemically altered or bleached and is tested by the USDA for 200 pesticides and herbicides, ensuring the use of the cleanest possible wax. Furthermore, the brand uses only organic plant oil and tree resin. Overall, the product combines sustainable ingredients and is produced in environmentally and socially responsible conditions.
In terms of the packaging of the product, the product comes in a 100% recyclable and compostable paper box. Since Bee's Wrap is biodegradable and compostable, this wrap can fully break down in the soil when its life in the kitchen comes to an end. A biodegradable product can be easily returned to the soil, and composting is the process of recycling organic waste for reuse. When it comes to biodegradability, timelines can vary depending on the item and environmental conditions. The brand doesn’t indicate how long exactly it takes for the product to break down into compost, but in terms of the life cycle of the product, the wrap reaches the end of its useful life typically after 6-12 months of regular use.
Bee’s Wrap is a proudly woman-owned brand with many women employed in senior leadership, as well as an equal opportunity employer, as its B Corp Certification ensures. The brand has a strong corporate culture that provides employees with abundant training, opportunities for growth, job flexibility, and funding for professional development. Furthermore, the brand’s lowest-paid hourly worker is paid more than 25% above the local minimum wage. It’s great that the brand is socially responsible and ensures the well-being of its employees.
In terms of supply chain transparency, I believe that the brand publicly shares information about raw materials, packaging, and disposal but not about the manufacturing process. The brand is immensely transparent about the product’s life-cycle and the ingredients used in the product; however, when it comes to working conditions there’s little detail shared. I’m relying on the fact that Bee’s Wrap is a Certified B Corporation, which means the brand was evaluated in terms of corporate social responsibility.
Bee’s Wrap idea came to life in Vermont with this question: How can we eliminate plastics in our kitchen in favor of a healthier, more sustainable way to store our food? Coating cotton with beeswax, Sarah Kaeck, founder of Bee’s Wrap, created a washable, reusable, and compostable alternative to plastic wrap. Sarah launched Bee’s Wrap in 2011 and started reaching out to different blogs with her new idea. Through the years, the company grew sustainably and it became a Certified B Corporation in April 2019. Certified B Corporations use business as a force for good, solving social and environmental problems in a way that’s good for people and the planet. B Corp Certification evaluates more than a product or service: It also looks at a company’s impact on workers, customers, community, and environment. Therefore, the B stamp is a reliable validation that communicates and affirms a brand’s values to its customers.
Overall, I’m fascinated by the company’s partnership arrangements to make this planet a better place. For instance, Bee’s Wrap did a co-branding partnership with National Geographic for the launch of its Plastic Awareness Campaign; National Geographic brought on some supporting products to help people attain that plastic-free kitchen on the go, and Bee's Wrap was one of those products. Bee's Wrap also did a co-branding partnership with Patagonia Provisions, which is part of Patagonia and sells a number of different products based around food for backpacking. Bee's Wrap, as a zero-waste product, is among these products because it's great for backpacking and the environment.
In terms of giving back to the community and civic engagement, the company has recently launched a Giving Committee to oversee its donations of products, time, and money in various ways. Bee's Wrap works with partners such as 1% for the Planet and the Bee Cause. It donates a percentage of sales from its Honeycomb Roll to organizations supporting ocean conservancy, beach cleanups, and water stewardship. Additionally, they teamed up with one of their local representatives to lobby for a plastic bag ban in Vermont. I also think it’s amazing that they work with their local utility company, Green Mountain Power, to further increase the amount of power they receive from renewable resources. I’m absolutely impressed that the brand is taking initiatives in terms of social and environmental justice advocacy via partnerships and activism.
Bee’s Wrap B Corp Certification:
Reusable Beeswax Wrap:
Interview with the Bee’s Wrap Founder Sarah Kaech:
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