Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Plastic free July - Eco wrap

That's it!! I'm ready to go plastic free for July. My plastic free June was not a success, in fact most of my principals and new approaches to living a better life went out the window in June.

I am not a fan of cling film at all and it certainly fits my single use plastic ban. I do like the look of those pretty Eco-wraps with all those beautifully patterned fabric.
Oh surely I can make those myself and so with the help of Mr Google, I found some instructions here

I however did not read the instructions, I looked at the pictures and guessed the rest, so there are no equipment dedicated to the task as advised. 

 I drew round a plate slightly larger than the bowl I wanted to cover on some cotton fabric.

Put some grease proof paper on a baking tray, followed by the circle of fabric, topped with a sprinkling of beeswax pellets. (In fancy blogs with stunning photography you may find the fabric ironed but I've broken my toe so can't be bothered/ am supposed to be resting)

I set the oven between S and 1 which seemed to be the perfect temperature.

And set the timer for 5 mins because I'm easily distracted but I'm not sure precise timing is essential because you are just melting wax.

After 5 mins, spread the wax around with a brush (not your finger, this is hot wax people!) and if you see any areas that are wax free add a few more pellets to that area and pop it back in the oven.

I made some rectangular ones for wrapping cheese / ham / sandwiches 

And even this one to cover the macaroni cheese 

If I can do it so can you. They are reusable, pretty and can easily be made from a fat quarter of fabric. Have fun.

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