Today we made some beeswax wraps.
You can wrap food and sandwiches in them to keep them fresh, instead of using cling film. Cling film is made from plastic and you only use it once. If it ended up in the sea it might look like a jellyfish and then a turtle or another sea creature might eat it and die! Even though you only use it once, because it’s made of plastic it stays around forever and ever like all plastic does. Beeswax wraps are better for the planet because they are not made from plastic and you can reuse them over and over again.
First of all we got some scraps of cotton fabric and we washed them. Then we ironed them. Then we got some A4 paper and we pinned it onto the fabric to use as a template and cut round it with pinking shears.
Then we unpinned the paper. Then we put the fabric on a piece of greasproof paper on a baking tray. Then we put beeswax granules all over it. We had to make sure the beeswax granules were spread out all over the fabric.
Then we put it in the oven on Gas Mark 1 for about 5 minutes, until the wax melted all over the fabric. Then we took the fabric out, we turned it over and we put it back into the oven for about another 5 minutes. Then we took it out of the oven and waited for it to cool. If there were any lumpy bits of wax, we scrapped them off with a spoon.
When the wrap had cooled it was ready to wrap food up to put in the fridge. We wrapped up a melon and some cheese.
You can make beeswax wraps too if you want to! You can also buy them at some shops like The Weigh Forward or online.