At its advent, plastic seemed to be a miracle; it can be shaped into nearly anything and created in a variety of ways to provide a plethora of potential uses. Our shoes, cars, Tupperware—many of the things we use daily rely on plastic. However, plastic is now known to have a negative impact on our environment and our health. The prevalence of plastic in our society and the need for plastic alternatives has prompted us to do a Bees Wrap review.
Bees Wrap replaces the all-too-disposable plastic wrap that has become essential for food preservation in most people's households. Not only do you avoid using plastic, but Bees Wrap is made from beeswax, so you are supporting an apiary with your purchase. By extension, you are supporting flowers and life as we know it on Earth.
Why do we need a product like Bees Wrap? For one, we have manufactured so much plastic that there is now plastic in the water. We have so much plastic in our water that we need to put filtered water into plastic bottles, which only ends up filling the earth with more plastic. This destructive cycle must be broken. Space in our landfills is not infinite, and plastic is not in the habit of biodegrading. That is why we are happy to present our Bees Wrap review.
In this review, we will present you with four solid alternatives to plastic wrap that rely on eco-friendly technologies. You may be surprised and impressed to learn nature can provide an answer to something so synthetic as plastic wrap.
The Bees Wrap Review Process
After scouring the nearly infinite eco-friendly plastic wrap alternatives on the internet, we narrowed our list down to just Bees Wrap and three of its top competitors. Each of these competitors ought to help you draw a picture of what the eco-friendly alternative plastic wrap market has to offer.
For each item in our Bees Wrap review, we highlighted what makes the product special and then scored it according to our plastic wrap alternative criteria. Each entry was scored according to its price point, how easy it is to use, the design and material quality, efficacy, and what sort of warranty or guarantee is offered. Stick around until the end to learn how Bees Wrap compared to its competitors.
We will discuss each entry in turn and even link you to places where these items can be purchased, but first, let us answer some questions about the star of the show.
What Is Bees Wrap?
Bees Wrap is an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap, manufactured by the Bees Wrap Company. It is made using all-natural, sustainable, and renewable materials that primarily come from bees. This means that Bees Wrap is not only fun to use but also a safer alternative to traditional plastic wrap, as it will not impart synthetic chemicals to your food.
We were impressed that Bees Wrap is from a renewable source, especially because the individual sheets of Bees Wrap are reusable. You read that correctly; Bees Wrap provides a reusable solution to plastic wraps that have to be constantly purchased.
Sure, technically, some plastic wrap can be reused, but this seriously stretches the definition of the term. The plastic never seems to stretch the same after it has been pulled over a food item or plate. The second stretching almost always ends up sticking to itself, if it doesn't just disintegrate entirely.
Good luck trying to reuse plastic wrap that has covered a pie or a lasagna. You will almost certainly reach for a second sheet rather than attempt to clean the whipped topping or stringy cheese out of the plastic crimps and crevices.
But how can a product mostly made of beeswax act like plastic? The secret is in the palm of your hands—literally. You use the heat of your own hands to mold the Bees Wrap around the item you wish to preserve. Once it cools, the Bees Wrap keeps its shape.
You can easily use Bees Wrap to surround loose berries into a bag. You can create a barrier between your apple and the outside world. You can even use it to cover the tops of bowls like a one-size-fits-all Tupperware lid. The possibilities are nearly endless for replacing the plastic in your life.
To wash Bees Wrap, all you have to do is to run the dirty sheet under warm water and gently scrub it with a mild dish soap. After that, all you have to do is let the Bees Wrap air dry.
Bees Wrap is composed of organic cotton muslin, beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. Both beeswax and jojoba oil convey antibacterial properties, meaning they naturally help your food stay fresh and your home to stay bacteria free. These properties elongate the life of the Bee's Wrap and the food you preserve with it.
Bees Wrap comes in two types of sets: a medium three-piece set which comes with 10-inch by 11-inch wraps, or a large three-piece set, which comes with 13-inch by 14-inch wraps that are more suited to whole lunches and bigger fruits.
Bees Wrap can be purchased for around $18, depending on the size of the wraps you prefer. The bigger ones cost slightly more. The other alternatives to plastic wrap that use eco-friendly materials can usually be purchased for around the same price. These products cost about twice as much as a roll of plastic wrap, but they can end up saving you and the planet many rolls of plastic wrap down the line.
Compared to the price of Bees Wrap, some competitors asked slightly less for their product, while others asked slightly more. As such, we used the price of Bees Wrap as the median for our Bees Wrap review, giving it a price rating of $$. The products that asked a higher price received a price rating of $$$, and those which could be purchased for less than the cost of Bees Wrap received a price rating of $.
How It Compares
For our Bees Wrap review, we chose three worthy competitors and rated each on a five-star scale in each category. The competitors featured in our Bees Wrap review include:
- 🌎 GREAT SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE TO PLASTIC. Wrap snacks, bread, vegetable, fruits and your favorite sandwich with...
- 🔁 PROTECT OUR ENVIROMENT. Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap can last up to 150 uses, while traditional products are used for...
- 🍃 ECO FRIENDLY FOOD WRAP. Ingredients: Our Beeswax Wraps are 100% Made with Natural Materials. 100% Cotton Fabric,...
- Ease of Use
- Design Quality
Use the heat of your hands to mold the wrap and then let it cool. Washing and reusing is just about as easy as it is to use in the first place. Bees Wrap gets five stars for ease of use.
We found that Bees Wrap not only worked as well as plastic wrap, but in certain respects, it did better. Fruits wrapped in Bees Wrap lasted longer than those in plastic. It performed just as well when used for meats, but Bees Wrap states they do not recommend using their product for meat.
We love the look and feel of Bees Wrap. Have we mentioned the light but oh-so-pleasant smell? It has that, too.
If you are unsatisfied with your Bees Wrap, you can return your sheets within 14 days of buying them. You can exchange the item for another if you initiate this process within 30 days of receipt.
- 🐋 3 PACK OF WRAPS - Three premium wraps; 1 large wrap (15”x15”), 1 medium wrap (12”x12”), 1 small wrap...
- 🥑 SUSTAINABLY KEEPING YOUR FOOD FRESH - Wrap and cover your food to increase its shelf life. Use the warmth of your...
- 💐 INCREASE THE LIFE OF YOUR ENEY WRAP OR MAKE YOUR OWN - Reapply the beeswax coating using the ENEY Wax or create...
If you thought Bees Wrap was an attractive item in an attractive package, wait until you see the Premium Beeswax Wraps provided by Eney. This product looked so good in an Etsy-like package, that we just had to include it as a competitor in this Bees Wrap review.
The Eney Premium Beeswax Wraps performs almost identically to Bees Wrap, as this technology is too old to be proprietary. One thing we love about Eney's beeswax wraps is that they can be repaired if you handle them a little too roughly and end up with a tear. Eney sells their own wax, which works perfectly to repair tears in their wraps.
While the concept of beeswax wraps that are easy to repair is appealing, we found this to be the undoing of the Eney Premium Beeswax Wraps. Why? It almost seems to be a conflict of interest. Can we trust a company who stands to profit every time their product fails? Maybe, but we prefer a product that doesn't cause us to ponder this question.
Everything you can do with Bees Wrap, you can do with Eney Premium Beeswax Wraps. The two products even sell for about the same price point. However, if you are looking for a longer-term solution to your plastic wrap woes, then Bees Wrap might offer longer durability.
- Ease of Use
- Design Quality
We found that Eney Premium Beeswax Wraps were just as easy to use as the Bees Wrap we were comparing them against.
The Eney Premium Beeswax Wraps are highly effective for preserving fruits, vegetables, and bowls of soup, but they are not recommended for use with meats.
We absolutely went gaga over the packaging and the honeycomb design on the sheets. If you want to impress an eco-conscious friend with a gift, this could easily be the product to purchase.
Eney offers a return policy but no warranty.
- ⭐IDEAL COMBINATION – In the set of 4, you’ll find 2 LARGE (1.5L/ 50oz/ 6 cups) + 2 MEDIUM (1L/ 30oz/ 4 cups)...
- ⭐KEEP YOUR FRIDGE & KITCHEN ORGANIZED – Are you sick of a messy fridge and kitchen? Our reusable silicone bags are...
- ⭐OUR QUALITY – Premium silicone food bags guarantees superior user experience. Food grade material, leak proof, heat...
The next competitor in our Bees Wrap review is Homelux Theory with their reusable silicone food storage bags. Silicon may not be the first substance you think of for sustainability, but it is one of the most abundant elements in the universe. Homelux Theory Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags take advantage of this ubiquity to provide reusable, sealable food storage.
If you are looking for a reusable solution to constantly throwing away Ziplocks, this is a great option. Unlike Bees Wrap and the Eney Premium Beeswax Wraps, you do not have to shape the wax with your hands to have a usable food storage option. However, we missed the tactile experience of sculpting the Bees Wrap sheets.
- Ease of Use
- Design Quality
If you can use a Ziplock bag, you can use the Homelux Theory Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags.
These did an excellent job preserving both fruit and meats. However, they were not ideal for soups.
We missed the all-beeswax approach. Even though they are reusable, they do not feel natural.
These reusable bags come with a shocking lifetime warranty. Try getting a lifetime warranty out of your Ziplocks!
The last competitor in our Bees Wrap review is Envirogen. Envirogen offers their answer to Homelux Theory's Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags in the form of reusable storage bags of their own. This product is not made with silicone, but with PEVA free from BPA, PVC, and lead.
Potentially, this works just as well as the silicone, and all our tests indicated that it is more or less equal to Homelux Theory's product in terms of food preservation. However, there is no telling when PEVA might be flagged as a potential health hazard for humans. After all, think about how long that BPA was used in our products.
- Ease of Use
- Design Quality
These are just as easy to use as the Homelux Theory Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags.
We found that these preserved food well. You can easily pack a day lunch or store leftovers in the fridge with these bags.
The Envirogen Reusable Storage Bags lack the easy-sliding clasp system that the Homelux Theory Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags utilize.
These do not come with a warranty, but they do come with a satisfaction guarantee.
Ultimately, when we considered price, ease, effectiveness, quality, and warranty, we have to award our “best of the best” to Bees Wrap. Few items look as good as it does, but even fewer items feel as good as Bees Wrap does. However, for reducing the amount of plastic floating in the ocean, all these products are winners.
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