The 7 Best Reusable Beeswax Wraps of 2021

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The Rundown
"These wraps come in a variety of prints, and are made from organic cotton, sustainable beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin."
"Etee’s wraps come with a 90-day test period, making them a good choice for anyone trying out beeswax wraps for the first time."
"These wraps fit everything from half an avocado to gigantic heads of cabbage."
"Coming in various sizes and fun patterns, these wraps adhere well to containers and hold up over time."
Best for Small Items:
BeeBAGZ Family Pack at Beebagz.com
"Store loose items like crackers and carrot sticks by folding over and pinching these bags to make a seal."
"Made from USDA Organic beeswax, these reusable bags are the perfect replacement for single-use plastic baggies. "
"If you're a vegan who prefers to avoid bee products, this wrap uses only plant-based wax."

If you’re trying to cut down on single-use plastic in your kitchen, beeswax wraps are a great alternative to disposable products like Cling Wrap or Saran Wrap. They can sometimes also be a good alternative to disposable tinfoil. Wax wraps are reusable, washable, and ideal for wrapping up half a lemon, covering bowls of leftovers, or taking a sandwich to work. Typically, these wraps are made of organic cotton fabric that has been infused with beeswax and other substances such as coniferous tree resin, soy wax, or jojoba oil. The warmth of your hands softens the wax, making it slightly sticky, so you can mold the wrap around containers or food items. A number of companies now make them by hand in small batches. If you're crafty, can make these wraps yourself.

Because beeswax wraps are not impermeable to air, foodies say they’re great for storing things that need to “breathe,” such as hard cheeses and greens. But they’re not meant for hot foods (the wax will melt!) or for use in the microwave. Most companies don’t recommend them for storing foods in the freezer. Care is simple: Clean them with cool water and a drop of mild soap, then let air dry. They usually last about a year—more or less, depending on use. Because they’re biodegradable, you can add them to your compost bin once they’re no longer pliable or tacky.

Research shows beeswax has some antibacterial properties, possibly due to propolis, a sticky material bees use to seal holes in their hives. But it doesn’t have anti-viral or anti-fungal properties. Because you can only wash the wraps with cool water between uses, you definitely don’t want to use them to store raw meat, fish, or chicken. Sure, they’re not the perfect solution for every food, but they will help you reduce single-use plastics in your kitchen.

Here are our top picks for the best reusable beeswax wraps.

Best Overall: Bee's Wrap Assorted 3 Pack

Bee's Wrap

These wraps come in a variety of attractive prints, and are made from organic cotton, sustainable beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. Made in Vermont, they're pre-cut sizes range from small (for items like fruit or snacks) to extra-large (which accommodates a loaf of bread). Bee's Wrap even sells their wax in a roll if you want to cut your own pieces. It has a pleasant scent and the brand is widely trusted.

The company, founded in 2012, is a certified B corporation and certified Green America company and supports 1% for the Planet, The Bee Cause, and other conservancy and environmental stewardship organizations.

Best Budget: Etee Organic Beeswax Food Wraps

Bowl

Etee's wraps are woven from an organic cotton and hemp blend (certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard), which is infused with 10 parts beeswax, one part soy wax, tree resin, organic jojoba oils, organic cinnamon, and clove essential oils.

These wraps, made in Canada, also can be used in the freezer for 30 days or less. We like the pliability of the wraps and that the material adheres well to itself to make good seals. The company has a 90-day guarantee, so if you don’t like them, they offer a refund.

Best Variety Pack: Abeego Variety 3 Pack

abeego beeswax food wrap

Made in Canada with beeswax, tree resin, and jojoba oil that’s infused into hemp and organic cotton, these wraps fit everything from half an avocado to gigantic heads of cabbage. This variety pack includes three wraps in various sizes. It offers variety for different storage sizes, and helps produce stay fresh longer.

Founded in 2008, this company was at the forefront of the beeswax wrap movement and is committed to zero waste, converting excess materials into other usable products such as fire starters.

Best for Bowls: Lilybee Beeswax Food Wraps

Lilybee wrap

Handmade in New Zealand from 100 percent cotton, beeswax, tree resin, and organic coconut oil, these wraps come in various sizes and attractive patterns. They also sell small bags. The wraps adhere well to containers, and are sturdy and hold up well over time.

The company packages and ships items in recyclable kraft paper, jute twine, and boxes so there’s zero plastic usage. 

Best for Small Items: BeeBAGZ Family Pack

BeeBAGZ

These beeswax bags, made in Canada, come in three sizes and are made from 100 percent cotton and beeswax, with double-stitched seams to form a pouch. The company also makes beeswax wraps. You can fold over and pinch the top to make a seal for storing loose items such as carrot sticks, nuts, and crackers.

BeeBAGZ, founded in 2018, is a member of 1% for the Planet, and The Land Between, a conservation organization based in Ontario, Canada.

Best Sandwich Bags: Etee Reusable Beeswax Food Bags

Reusable Beeswax Food Bags

Made from USDA Organic beeswax, these reusable bags are the perfect replacement for single-use plastic baggies. They're useful for packing snack, school lunches, and storing small amounts of produce.

The fabric is organic cotton muslin, colored with eco-friendly, non-toxic dyes. In addition to the beeswax, the waxy coating also contains coniferous tree resin, soy way, jojoba oil, and essential oils. The set includes one bag of each of three sizes: small (10.5 x 9.75 inches), medium (12.5 x 11 inches), and large (14.5 x 12 inches).

Best Vegan Wrap: Khala & Co Vegan Food Wrap

Khala & Co Vegan Food Wrap

If you're a vegan who prefers to avoid bee products, this wrap uses only plant-based wax. It's made from a blend of candelilla wax, soy wax, jojoba oil, coconut oil and tree resin. It will last for over a year, but when it reaches the end of its useful life it's fully compostable. These Vegan Food Wraps come in sets of three or four, packed together in post-consumer recycled paper.

Final Verdict

Our top pick for beeswax wraps are the Bee's Wrap (available from Thrive Market). If you're looking for more of a sandwich bag format, consider Reusable Beeswax Food Bags (available on BeeBagz.com).

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