I’m so excited about these no plastic food wraps. They’re made by a company called etee based in Toronto, Canada. They are made of Hemp and Organic Cotton, Organic Clove, Cinnamon and Jojoba Oils, Coniferous Tree Resin, and Beeswax. And they are completely compostable and biodegradable.
I have ordered a set of three obviously, but I promise I have nothing whatsoever to do with this company, I’m not an investor or a salesperson for them I’m just so happy that we have this beautiful alternative to plastic and we can cut down on some of the plastic that fills our landfill and destroys our oceans. The link for this company is below. As usual, I’ve copied and pasted information from their website below as well. Please take a look and help save mother earth!
WE HATE PLASTIC…
Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh.
But we really can’t stand single use plastics like plastic wrap, sandwich bags, grocery bags and cutlery. Every time we throw that stuff in the garbage we’re hit with a pang of guilt and frustration because we know it’s not good for our bodies or our planet.
So we searched for a natural solution and got inspired by… KING TUT! Yup, turns out ancient Egypt’s most renowned Pharaoh had a trick or two up his sleeve, er, ‘mummy wrap’. You can learn all about it here.
How Do They Work?
Simply warm them in your hands and wrap them around produce, bowls, sandwiches, nuts, snacks, cheese and cooked / smoked meats – virtually any perishable. The wraps stick to themselves and provide a clean and protective seal.
How do I get them to Stick to Bowls?
If you want your wraps to firmly stick to bowls, we recommend activating them to ensure they adhere properly. To activate your wraps, roll each wrap into a ball in your hands like you’re kneading dough, the combination of warmth and motion will make them forever tacky. Once activated ensure that you stick the wraps to themselves, not just the bowl, to make sure they provide a good seal. Check out the 0:04 mark of this video to see how.
Reusable? I Don’t Get it, Won’t They Get Dirty?
Fear not friend. After use, simply rinse in cold water – hot water will reduce the wax coating – and wash with an eco-friendly soap (avoid alcohol based soaps) and a soft sponge, just like you would a plate or bowl. Once clean you can either hang to dry or use a towel and re-use immediately. They may – with certain foods like pomegranate – develop a darker patina, but as long as you keep working them they’ll keep delivering freshness.
How Long Do The Food Wraps Last?
What kind of dye is used? Is it Fair Trade cotton?
Fair question! All our dyes are non toxic and free of heavy metals, AZOs and formaldehyde found in typical textile dyes. They also utilize very little water, of which a great portion is recycled. They are certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard – recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres – which means they are also in compliance with social criteria. You can learn more here: http://www.global-standard.org/
Will They Work In A Freezer?
30 days or less, yes! But they’re not recommended for uncooked meat.
What Sizes Do They Come In?
Each pack includes:
- Small Teal wrap (7″ x 8″) – good for cut cucumbers, avocados, small trail mix, fruit and to top jars.
- Medium Green wrap (10″ x 11″) – good for cheese, large trail mix, half a sandwich, half a cabbage, medium bowls, grape tomatoes and baked goods
- Large Grey wrap (12″ x 14″) – good for sandwiches & left over pizza slices, celery, cheese, larger bowl or dish, larger melon, grapes, greens, beans and asparagus.
BAGS & ACCESSORIES
Why Organic Cotton?
When I first heard about organic cotton, I didn’t really get it. Organic food made sense,
but I didn’t understand why Organic cotton was so important. But it turns out that cotton requires a lot of processing and it’s really hard on fields, which in turn runs off into our water table.
Here’s a quote from Huff Post that elaborates:
“What makes organic materials, like cotton, so much better than the conventional ones? Organic cotton is grown in a way that uses methods and materials that lessen the impact on our environment. A big effort in the organic movement is to use growing systems that replenish and maintain soil fertility and build biologically diverse agriculture. Organic cotton uses far less water too.”
Why Reclaimed Leather?
Leather looks cool and it’s super useful, but due to animal treatment and the cattle industry’s impact on global warming, not to mention the issues surrounding how leather is tanned, we wanted to avoid virgin leather.
Please don’t feel judged if you eat cows, or use leather – we do too – but this was an experiment to see how practical it is to avoid virgin leather. Turns out it’s possible, but requires a bit of digging. After a number of trials, we settled on old horse straps and reins from a Mennonite farmer we met outside of Toronto.
Here’s a quote from Cosmopolitan that elaborates:
“…When it comes down to it, the cruelty faced by animals, the environmental degradation, and the awful working conditions of the poor who are forced to take up work in slaughterhouses and tanneries—the price we as a civilization are paying for a handbag or car seats is just too much. No matter how hard activists work, we will never be able to entirely stop the cruelty or the ecological damage.”