Cultivating a low-impact lifestyle takes some research and development. We look for comparable alternatives to our everyday necessities that do not leave the same lasting consequences. Ziploc bags and clingwrap have been staples since childhood, but we have eliminated single-use plastics from our kitchen.

Think about the average family packing lunches every single day—daily use of multiple Ziplocs a day equates to hundreds upon hundreds of single-use baggies ending up in the landfill each year. Not only do they sit in landfills indefinitely, their toxic chemicals leach into our food. It’s best that we ditch them for good!

Beeswax wraps are a non-toxic and reusable alternative to cling wrap and single-use bags. Wrap them around a single lemon or stretch across the top of a bowl for safe keeping. To care for these beeswax wraps, simply wash under cool water with soap and hang on a rack to dry.

You can of course buy them from Beeswax or make them with a friend or two using our DIY instructions below! They also make for a great little gift bundle with the holiday season approaching… 

What You Will Need:

  • Sharp scissors
  • 100% cotton fabric (Head to your local fabric store)
  • Beeswax pellets (we used Sky Organics)
  • Powder rosin (we used Creekwood Naturals
  • Jojoba oil (we used Cliganic
  • Parchment paper
  • Iron
  • Old towel
  • Empty spice jar (if you’d like)


1.) Cut fabric into square and/or circle shapes. Can range from 4”x4” to 12”x12”. Whatever makes sense for your kitchen.

2.) If you’d like, place powder resin in an old spice jar for easy shaking.

3.) Lay down an old, large towel and fold it in half on a table or on top of your ironing board.

4.) Lay down a piece of parchment paper larger than your cut fabric shape.

5.) Lay down the fabric on top of parchment.

6.) Spread a handful of the beeswax pellets over fabric shape.

7.) Sprinkle a few shakes of the powder rosin on top of the pellets.

8.) Place a few drops of the jojoba oil on the rosin and pellets.

9.) Place a large piece of parchment paper over this set up.

10.) Iron away! We use low-medium heat.

11.) Wait till all pellets have evenly melted.

12.) Peel off the top parchment paper layer.

13.) Remove your new beeswax wrap from the bottom layer of parchment paper.

14.) Let dry and use!

This project does take a little bit of trial an error to get going. You don’t want to use too little of the beeswax pellets or too much, so just find a happy medium. Use less at first, and you can always add more. Happy crafting!

Continuously questioning the norm,

eM and the eMpulse Team

November 12, 2020 — Kristy Karrer