I use Cling Film every day to cover leftover food and wrapping pack lunches. cling film also is horrible thin plastic stuff that does not stick when you want it too and seems to tangle itself up with itself also I can never seem to find the end! To top it off there is no way to dispose of it after it’s been used. You can’t reuse it or even recycle it and billions of meters of cling film just ends up in landfilled sites.
There must be something else I can use instead? I mean cling film was only first used to keep food safe in 1956, although cling film was created back in 1933 by Ralph Wiley, originally green and designed for fighter planes to protect them from sea spray. Well before 1956 my great grandparents used a bowl over a plate and brown paper bags. So why do we find the need to have to use this horrible plastic stuff to get tangled up in, I really don’t know.
Yes there is and it’s hitting the green community with a storm. There are lots of websites and blogs all talking about it and directing you where to buy it. If you are a thriftier you can your own version called beeswax cloth or beeswax wrap.
I thought I would give it a go and see if I could make my own. I found there seem to be two different ways to make these bee wax versions of cling film. After trying both I found this way to be the most effective.
- Scrap fabric
- Organic beeswax
- Clothes Horse
- Cut your scrap fabric to the size you need your cloth to be for example; If it is going to be used to cover bowls of leftover food, cut a circle of fabric bigger than your bowl or for wrapping sandwiches in, cut your fabric four times the size of your average sandwich. It’s really about guessing and experimenting.
- Cover your oven shelf in tinfoil (this protects you oven from melted wax)
- Grate your wax into a plastic tub (please don’t make the mistake I made and grate your beeswax with a cheese grater you then want to use preparing food with afterwards. Use an old cheese grater or buy a cheese grater just for this job from a secondhand shop)
- Turn your oven to a low heat. (make sure your fan is off to prevent wax from being spread around your oven)
- Lay your piece of fabric onto your oven shelf and sprinkle all over the fabric your grated beeswax.
- Place your oven shelf back in your oven with the fabric and beeswax.
- After 3 or 4 minutes all the wax should be melted. Using oven gloves remove your oven shelf from the oven.
- Hold your fabric up to the light to make sure all the fabric is covered in melted beeswax. If there are any areas lacking wax place your fabric back on your oven self and repeat stages 5 to 8. If all your fabric is covered with melted beeswax, hang your clothes to dry. (only takes a minute to dry)
- Repeat the process until you have made all the beeswax cloth you need.
When you need to use cling film place the beeswax cloth over your bowl/plate and with your hands press your cloth onto the edges of your bowl. The heat from your hands will help the wax cloth mould into the shape of what is being covered, as soon as you let go the wax cloth will hold its shape. In the same way you can wrap your sandwiches in the wax cloth like you would with cling film and protect your sandwiches as well as keeping them fresh.
Once you have finished using your beeswax cloth wipe it clean with cold water and some homemade dishwashing soap, (I use Dr Bronner) leave to air dry fold and pop into your draw ready for the next time you need it.
We took our beeswax cloth to the woods for a BBQ and they not only wrapped our food but also came in handy as easy to pull out plates.
“People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of Earth’s life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on Earth. Ninety-seven percent of Earth’s water is there. It’s the blue heart of the planet– we should take care of our heart. It’s what makes life possible for us. We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They wont get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing. No one is without power. Everybody has the capacity to do something.”
-“Her Deepness” Sylvia Earle
luzinterruptus weaves labyrinth of plastic waste from 6000 illuminated bottles
all images © gustavo sanabria / courtesy of luzinterruptus
working in their distinctive plastic medium, anonymous art group luzinterruptus has built the ‘labyrinth of plastic waste’ for poland’s katowice street art festival. 6000 discarded water bottles have been transformed into a 7 by 5 meter maze with weaving corridors and narrow pathways, which visitors can immerse themselves within and experience on a large-scale. the containers have been collected into transparent garbage bags and hung by their handles throughout the metallic framework, made from modular and reusable elements. LED lights packed within illuminate the structure by night, casting a neon-blue hue throughout the plaza site.
LEDs illuminate the structure by night
the maze of plastic overlooks the polish plaza
sourced from a local manufacturing and bottling plant (who gave them to the artists because they did not meet the quality standards required to sell them) the arrangement of water jugs demonstrates the amount of plastic waste that is consumed daily. at the project’s finality, all parts of the installation were completely disassembled and recycled.
the plastic bottles are contained and hung in waste bags
the maze is an immersive space which can be entered and experienced
visitors are free to walk through illuminated installation
the labyrinth by day
green and blue plastic bottles suspended on the metallic framework