DIY Food Storage

Make your own reusable food wraps from cotton fabric and beeswax for a healthier and more environmentally friendly option.


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Photo by Flickr/Letizia Lorenzetti

A collection of fabric spanning the color spectrum cluttered my mother’s kitchen table. I scanned the lively array of birds, flowers, and geometric shapes until two patterns caught my eye: A cut of violet fabric with birds and a pale-yellow floral design.

“These are great,” I said, setting the material aside. “My vote is for these two.”

I’d arrived at the house earlier that morning so my mother, Belinda, and I could tackle making our own beeswax wraps, a sustainable food storage option that replaces plastic and can be used to cover leftovers in bowls, hold blocks of cheese, store a handful of snacks, and more.



The genius behind reusable wraps lies in their simplicity. They’re comprised of a mixture of beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin that, when soaked into 100-percent cotton fabric, creates a sticky material that can cling to itself or other objects. The beeswax and jojoba oil have antibacterial properties, making it a favorable combination for food storage. The jojoba oil also prevents the resin and wax from cracking and peeling off by keeping it soft. When warmed by hands, the fabric clings better than plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

With a little bit of time, and some trial and error, we crafted a collection of simple and sustainable wraps — and you can, too!



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