beeskin beeswax wraps
Single use plastic is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Microplastic is now ubiquitous and is even found in almost all purchased water. A WWF study has shown that each one of us eats about one credit card of plastic per week. Plastic and the plasticizers it contains are known to cause serious illnesses such as unfertility, ADHD and even cancer.
Of course, there are uses where it is not possible to do without plastic. For example, many industrial applications or medical products rely on plastic-based parts. Fortunately, however, great efforts are already being made to recycle plastic or replace it with sustainable alternatives. However, the plastic film we use at home to wrap cheese or sandwiches or just quickly cover a bowl cannot be recycled. This is due to the nature of the film and the plasticisers it contains, which mean that most modern recycling machines cannot process it.
Our beeskin beeswax wraps are purely natural, guaranteed to be reusable for 1 year, and at the end of their life they are easily disposed of in the compost or used as a natural fire starter. Due to the unique properties of the raw materials, food will keep fresh even longer. Considering that we waste about 75kg of food per capita per year, this is a pretty important aspect of our beeskins.
Every single beeskin is made in Berlin and packed and shipped in our own production facility. This way we can guarantee you the highest quality possible.
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Certified and guaranteed to last. Of course.
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.
There are no pesticides used when growing the cotton, which is picked by hand. The machines used in production have to work without petroleum. Processing the yarn and printing process have to comply with strict rules in order to ensure a sustainable fabric production.
There is no child work or lavery involved and the employees are paid fair prices.
Of course monitoring does not stop at the fabric production. Even in our own production in Berlin we follow rules of what cleaning agents we use to clean our working materials and machines.
All of our beeskins are tested in an external laboratory for pesticides, harmful substances and heavy metals.
Since even the printing inks for paper can contain harmful chemicals which can migrate onto food, all of our printed packaging is save and approved for direct food contact. The paper we use is certified sustainable and is imported from Sweden, where for every tree cut off, three new ones are planted.
Our products comply with EU regulation 1935/2004 and have even been tested by TÜV.
Guaranteed to last.
Our goal is to enable as many people as possible to save on single use plastic foil. For this reason we want to offer you beeskins at a reasonable price without having to compromise on the quality. You can use and reuse beeskin beeswax wraps for at least 1 year. If, for some reason, you are not happy with your beeskins within that 1 year we will replace your beeskin with a new one at no cost.
All you need to do is to simply send us an email and write a short explanation, add a picture of the beeskin and a scan or picture of your receipt where we can see the date of purchase. We will be in touch within 36 hours.
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Only four natural ingredients
100% pure beeswax. Our wax is strictly tested for residues of harmful substances and tested for 180! pesticides. In comparison: beeswax from beekeepers which are certified "Organic" is generally tested for only 15 pesticides. Since no one can control, where bees ultimately fly to, we believe in testing rather than a "label".
Bees do not only collect nectar from flowers but also fly to trees to collect propolis, which is also regarded as "natural antibiotic". Bees use Propolis to disinfect the entrance of their hive and to keep germs and bacteria out. It has an antibacterial and antiviral effect.
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.
Cotton (Certified Organic)
Our cotton is an organic cotton which, as well as the print, is certified organic according to the highest standard of GOTS (read above for more details). We believe that it is important to source our raw materials as close as possible. For that reason we decided to buy our raw fabric in Turkey rather than further away for cheaper prices.
The fabric is produced especially for us based on our requirements and experience. Since the fabric is a loosely woven, 100% cotton fabric, your food can breathe, but is still protected from drying out.
Colophane (distilled resin)
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 in Portugal and Austria. The resin makes your beeskins more sticky and helps to keep your 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 instance for chewing gum.
If you are allergic to colophane (which is distilled resin) you should not use beeswax wraps in general.
Jojoba Oil (Organic)
Just as our fabric, our jojoba oil is certified organic. 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 beeskins from cracking in the refrigerator. You can even put your beeskin into the freezer. When removed from the cold, it will turn soft again. Due to the jojoba oil, the wax coating can handle these differences in temperatures easily.
The jojoba tree grows in deserts since it prefers hot and dry conditions. Our jojoba oil comes from from non-occupied areas in Israel.
Often times we are asked, why we use Jojoba oil and not another oil such as coconut. Please have a look at this statement from us.
By the way, besides working great in our beeskin beeswax wraps, jojoba oil can also be used in the bathroom for skin care, for hair care or even for facial cleansing. Curious to find out more about our Jojobaoil and how else we use it?
How to use beeskin
You will certainly want to use your beeskin very quickly. Using it is very simple:
Simply lay your beeskin over a plate, bowl or glass and wrap it over the edges. You can also place your food directly onto beeskin. Wrap it and seal it tight.
Thanks to the warmth of your hands, beeskin will gently adhere to smooth surfaces and to itself, similar to plastic film. (Only that it does not stick so annoyingly to itself so you end up throwing away a piece of all tangled up plastic foil before even wrapping anything).
In the refrigerator, beeskin stiffens and retains its shape. Exactly like a plastic lid. At room temperature, your beeskin softens again. But do not worry: it still sticks and will stay where you intend it to be.
You can also use beeskin in the freezer. Make sure to check after 4 weeks. Your food still breathes and could start to dry out otherwise.
beeskin beeswax wraps should NOT come into direct contact with raw meat, uncooked fish and pineapple.
Cold cuts such as cooked ham, smoked ham, salami etc. can be wrapped. Wash your beeskin off after usage as described below.
Greasy or oily foods can cause beeswax to dissolve. The smell and/or the taste of beeswax and resin could transfer to the food. This causes no harm, because all ingredients are considered a food (honey is sold with honeycomb, jojoba oil is included in toothpaste and lipsticks, and there is the Greek wine Retsina which is flavored by added resin) – it can taste a bit strange at best. So just give it a try. Alternatively, you can put the food in a jar and then cover it with beeskin.
Clean your beeskin
Run your beeskin beeswax wrap under cold water only, and run your fingers over your wrap to remove any excess, as if rinsing a plate. Don’t wash or rub your wrap vigorously with a rough sponge or brush. You may use the soft side of a sponge, gently, and we recommend you use an eco-friendly dish soap with no “alcohol“ within the first 4 ingredients. Alcohol will dissolve the beeswax and tree resin.
After having cleaned your beeskin, pat it dry with a kitchen towel or let it air-dry. Don’t set your beeskin beeswax on a radiator since your wrap is not particularly fond of heat. Also, your beeskin beeswax wrap does not fancy being wrung or twisted in any way and dislikes your dishwasher and microwave oven. If something should get moldy, simply gently wipe the cloth with some vinegar.
After a while, your beeskin will get a patina and certainly a stain or two. If the wrinkles are too much for you or you would like to have more wax on the beeskin again, you can simply give it a facelift. With our repair kit you can easily apply a completely new layer of wax. Just take a look at it here.
Please dispose of your beeskin if you see mould stains in the beeskin. You can now either just throw it on the compost or use it as a non-toxic fire starter.
What else you might find helpful
If you want to cover a can of dog or cat food, we recommend to dedicate one and the same wrap to your four-legged friend. Also for onions and garlic, which are in direct contact with beeskin, it is advisable to reserve a cloth only for this purpose (so you will not end up with onion-flavoured apple).
Store your dry beeskins in a drawer, cupboard, or in a big glass jar. We like to keep them rolled up in a vintage jar. This way the beeskins are always ready to be used. (Just make sure to keep it away from heat sources).
At the end of its lifetime, there are still several ways to use beeskin. One way is to use beeskin as natural fire starter for indoors and outdoors a like. You will notice a wonderful smell and no harmful fumes.
This is where beeskin's lifecylce closes. You can dispose of your beeskin on the compost. Made of all natural ingredients, beeskin comes from mother Earth and fully goes back to it.
You can even fold a little envelope for nuts and raisins or gummy bears to go
beeskin in stores
Do you prefer to buy your beeskins offline? We work with national and international wholesalers as well as with individual stores. If you have not seen beeskin in your favorite store yet, you might find another store close by on our beeskin map below.
Please note that not all wholesalers share with us the shops they sell to. There are about 30.000 stores in Europe where you can purchase beeskin.
Are you interested in getting beeskin for your store? Head to our B2b section here.
There is no better advertising than satisfied customers
Being in direct contact with our customers is very important to us. This is the only way we can react directly to wishes and suggestions and continuously improve our products. The ratings we receive are verified by an external company and cannot be influenced by us. That is why we are all the more pleased about the great average ratings we receive for our beeskin products.
The questions we are being asked the most
What can I use beeskin beeswax wraps for?
beeskin is the alternative to plastic foil. It protects food from drying out but still lets it breathe. This way food stays fresh for longer. All natural. Use it forfruit and veggies, cake and bread,cheese and cold cuts (Salami, ham, mortadella…)wrap leftover pizza and put it into the the freezeran open bottle of wine or to cover a jug with fresh juiceIf you want to cover a can of dog food, we recommend to dedicate one and the same wrap to your four-legged friend. Also for onions and garlic, which are in direct contact with the cloth, it is advisable to reserve a cloth only for this purpose (so you dont end up with onion-flavoured apple. Although some might like it….)
Which food shouldn't be stored in beeskin?
For hygienic reasons you should not store raw fish and raw meat in beeskin. Place those into an extra bowl and cover the bowl instead. Pineapple has an enzyme which causes the coating to dissolve. Prolonged contact with very oily food may damage the wax and resin coating.
Which size beeskin should I get?
We offer several precut sizes:
Size s: 17x17cm
Size m: 25x25cm
Size l: 35x35cm
Size xl: 35x65cm
Use the beeskin roll to cut your own size.
In our shop and on the individual product pages you will find more details about the sizes.
What are beeskins made of?
beeskin beeswax wraps are made of tested, certified ingredients only: 100% cotton (GOTS organic certified)beeswax (tested for pollutants and harmful substances) natural resin and jojoba oil (organic). All the ingredients have a natural antibacterial and anti fungal effect. Read more about our ingredients further above on this page.
Can beeskin be used by everyone?
If you are allergic to colophane (which is distilled resin) you should not use any beeswax wraps. The handling of beeskin is much easier than the handling of plastic foil. Even kindergarten children can easily unwrap packed fruit and snacks. We made the experience that children have fun to take care of their very own beeskin.
How can beeskin be cleaned?
Run your beeskin beeswax wrap under cold water only, and run your fingers over your wrap to remove any excess, as if rinsing a plate. Don’t wash or rub your wrap vigorously with a rough sponge or brush. You may use the soft side of a sponge, gently, and we recommend you use an eco-friendly dish soap with no “alcohol“ within the first 4 ingredients. Alcohol will dissolve the beeswax and tree resin. After having cleaned your beeskin, pat it dry with a kitchen towel or let it air-dry. Don’t set your beeskin beeswax on a radiator since your wrap is not particularly fond of heat.
Something turned bad in my beeskin. What should I do?
Food wrapped in beeskin will stay fresh for longer due to the antibacterial and antifungal ingredients. Of course it can always happen that something turns bad. You can wipe off your beeskin with household vinegar or treat it to our facelift (see below). If the food turns bad quickly afterwards or if there are bad stains, it is time to discard your beeskin (see below).
How do I store my beeskin?
Store your dry beeskins in a drawer, cupboard or, as we prefer, in a big glass jar. Just make sure to keep it away from heat and let it dry before putting it away.
Does beeskin tolarate heat?
Not a good idea. Dont leave your beeskin beeswax wrap out in direct sun or in the car. Microwave, oven and radiator will also damage and destroy your wrap. If you forgot your beeskin in the sun or in the car and it seems to melt away, put it into the fridge for a few minutes. It will recover and will be ready to be used again quickly.
And how about cold?
Your beeskin beeswax can definitely be put in the fridge and of course in the freezer compartment. Your food will be protected but can still breathe. We recommend you check on your food after 4 weeks to make sure it does not dry out. We like to freeze leftover pizza or half a cake in beeskin. Even bread slices are great to be frozen. Take them out and pace them directly into the toaster or oven.
My beeskin has wrinkles and doesnt stick that well anymore
Yes, your beeskin beeswax wrap will get wrinkles and stains over time, but we consider this as “patina”. Try to avoid prolonged contact with oily and greasy food. Foods like tomatoes or avocadoes will cause stains. If, at some point, you think your beeskin needs a face lift you can put it in the oven. Put your wrap on a baking sheet, pop it in the oven for 3 minutes at 100°C (or until the wax melts). That’s it. Cool it off and go ahead and reuse it again. To make this process even easier on you, we created a repair kit with our special mixture, or make your own beeswax wraps from scratch with out DIY kit.
There has been criticism on beeswax wraps in general. What is your point of view?
As with everything new even this product has to face criticism. We developed this product in the intention to use it as a safe and healthy alternative to plastic foil. Our families use beeskin daily and we wrap our children's snacks and lunches in it. Please read our response to criticism here.
Is beeskin officially declared as being safe for direct food contact?
beeskin beeswax wraps comply with EU regulation Nr. 1935/2004 and are tested by independent laboratories. beeskin beeswax wraps are certified and safe for direct food contact.
How about the packaging? Is it safe? Why is this even important?
Our packaging and instruction leaflets, as well as the colors used, are approved for direct food contact. This is important since some paper can contain mineral oil. Meaning that the wrong ink could migrate onto the beeswax wrap and then onto your food.The cardboard comes from certified, sustainable forestry in Sweden. There, for every cutoff tree, 3 new ones are planted.
Do beeskins smell?
Yes, your beeskin beeswax wrap smells. It is a nice scent of beeswax and a hint of tree resin. We would describe the smell as woody and natural. Depending on which flowers the bees used to collect their honey the smell of wax may change slightly. A friend recently exclaimed: “I love the smell, it makes me want to bite into it”. And if you dont like the smell of trees, bees and wax too much: after a while it will wear off.
Why are beeskins sticky?
The beeswax, jojoba oil and the tree resin cause beeskin beeswax wraps to stick to any hard surface as well as to themselves. The warmth of your hands will soften the wax and make the stickiness even stronger. Cold temperatures as in the fridge will make it hard, just like a plastic lid it will stay in this form, once taken out it will soften again. If for some reason your beeswax wrap is not as sticky any more you can hold it under warm water but only for a few seconds or you can treat it to a facelift (see left). And if you find it too sticky: no worries, it will wear off after a while.
Can I cut beeskin?
We picked our offered sizes out of experience. Don’t worry if your beeskin is a bit too big and overlaps – that way it sticks even better. It is also not neccessary to cut your beeskin. If there are a few frays sticking out after a while you can cut them off with a sharp scissor or knife. The organic beeswax and tree resin coating holds the fibers of the fabric together. If you want to cut your individual size with scissors, we recommend our beeskin roll.
How long can I use beeskin?
At least 1 year if you take good care of it. You will notive after a while that the wax gets worn off. In that case you can apply a new layer of wax as indicated above. If there are mould stains on your wrap you should dispose it.
What happens after its lifetime?
After its lifetime beeskin can be discarded on the compost. It will dissolve completely. Alternatively you can use beeskin as a natural and healthy fire starter for fireplace or barbecue.
Besides of wrapping and storing food, how else can I use beeskin?
You like decorating your cakes and muffins? Skip the disposable icing bags. Just wrap your beeskin beeswax wrap to form a icing bag. The best is to start with one corner and roll the wrap towards the other side. Fill with your favourite icing and start decorating your baking goods. Put your beeskin on your lap while driving by car or train, if something spills then it lands on your beeskin and not on your clothes.
Where can I purchase beeskin offline?
You can purchase your beeskin in our online shop or in various local stores. Since many people prefer to buy in a local store we list some of the stores in our beeskin map below. Please note that not all wholesalers share with us the shops they sell to. There about 30000 stores in Europe where you can purchase beeskin. Please, do let us know if you have not seen beeskin in your favorite store yet.
Where do you ship and in what languages?
At the moment you can get beeskin in