An alternative to plastic and aluminium foil
Why do we need an alternative to plastic cling foil at all?
Who has not seen them: Pictures of dying turtles, who have eaten plastic bags, which they thought of being jelly fish, seagulls with plastic forks in their throats – painfully starving, the cruel sight of a whale mother, swimming next to her dead baby – poisoned of microplastic… Unfortunately, there are endless examples..
Microplasty is now ubiquitous and is even found in almost all purchased water. A WWF study has shown that we eat about 1 credit card of plastic per week! Plastic and the plasticizers it contains are known to cause serious illnesses such as unfeasibility, ADHD and even cancer.
Sadly, we can only blame ourselves for what is happening to our nature. It’s easy to look the other way and not always comfortable to take a different path or just to think about an alternative to plastic in our hectic everyday life. Fortunately, even the small changes count.
The goal of beeskin is therefore, to offer you this simple and natural alternative to cling film. Old records of our grandparents show, that beeswax cloths are not a new invention, but only have been forgotten.
Check out our efforts to help the Environment here.
Proud to be certified to the highest standard
Our products comply with the strict requirements of GOTS. These rules ensure the organic status of textiles from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labelling in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer. For instance, there are no pesticides used when growing the cotton, which is picked by hand. The next steps of processing the yarn and printing process are controlled as well to ensure a sustainable fabric production. There is no child work or lavery involved and the employees are paid fair prices.
Even in our own production in Berlin, everything is controlled, for instance what cleaning agents we use to clean our working materials and machines. All of our beeskins are tested in a laboratory for pesticides, harmful substances and heavy metals.
Since even in printing inks for paper, harmful chemicals can migrate onto food, all of our printed packaging is save and approved for direct food contact. The paper we use is certified and comes from Sweden, where for every tree cut off, 3 new ones are planted.
Our 100% natural ingredients
Our beeskins are produced and packed exclusively in Berlin. We use controlled and certified European raw materials. Since we want to create a safe and healthy product, our packaging is also compliant for direct food contact and it is printed with low migratory inks on certified sustainable paper.
100% pure beeswax. Our wax is strictly tested for residues of harmful substances and pesticides and comes exclusively from Europe and North Africa.
The propolis contained in beeswax has an antibacterial and antiviral effect. The propolis is collected by the bees when they fly to trees.
European beekeepers remove part of the beeswax to help the bees and ensure the health of the colony. No new wax is removed and never so much that it could harm the bees.
Tree resin is secreted from the trees to protect against germs, viruses and fungi. We use the so-called rosin. When resin is distilled, and thus turpentine oil and liquid evaporate and are filtered out, the hard rosin remains. The tree resin we use comes from pine trees and its wonderful properties help to keep food fresh for longer. Did you know that there is a wine in Greece, the Retsina wine, which gets its taste from added resin? Resin is also used in the food industry for chewing gum. If you are allergic to colophane (which is distilled resin) you should not use beeswax wraps.
Our cotton is an organic cotton, which, as well as the print, is certified organic according to the highest standard. We have the fabric produced especially for us. It is important that the whole chain, including the print, is certified and controlled
In this case the certification means that both, social criteria and environmental criteria are strictly controlled and adhered to. The cotton, for example, is picked by hand and grown without pesticides.
Since the fabric is a loosely woven, 100% cotton fabric, your food can breathe, but is still protected from drying out.
Despite its name, jojoba oil is not actually an oil, but a wax with many great properties.
At room temperature it is liquid and soft, but becomes hard at cold temperatures. Jojoba oil naturally contains a lot of vitamin E – a natural preservative. The oil prevents the wax coating of your cloths from cracking in the refrigerator. Of course we use only certified organic jojoba oil.