The choice of suppliers is something that we at Scoop and Scales feel is very important. We want our suppliers to mirror our ethos and share our principles. We also want to share with you what makes them all so special.
We are pleased to be working with another local supplier, and one of our officers, Trish. She makes beautiful wax wraps.
Hi Trish, how did you get into making wax wraps?
After I saw the (now famous) Blue Planet episode about plastic pollution I decided to cut down on using all single use plastic, one of the main ones being cling film. So I decided to have a go at making wax coated cotton food wraps. It took a lot of experimenting with the exact ‘recipe’ of the wax, oil and resin plus figuring out the best way to apply the wax. Once I started using my own wraps, friends and family asked me to make them for them and eventually someone said “you should sell these” and so Waxed Fabric Wraps was born.
What are wax wraps and how are they made?
Waxed Fabric Wraps are an eco-friendly alternative to single use plastic cling film and sandwich bags. They are made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton (non organic cotton is very bad for the environment, using as lot pesticides and vast quantities of water, so I made the decision to only use organic cotton) fabric covered with beeswax, pine resin and jojoba oil. I also make a vegan version using candelilla and soy wax instead of beeswax.
I make them myself, to order, in my home in Macclesfield. The whole process is done by hand with virtually no waste.
How do you use them?
They are re-usable, can be wiped clean and last around 12 –18 months depending on usage. They are perfect for cheese, sandwiches, covering bowls, wrapping cut veggies etc. They are not suitable for raw meat and fish as they cannot be washed at high temperatures. When the wraps reach the end of their life they can be added to the compost bin.
How do we get hold of them?
Trish’s wraps are available from Scoop and Scales. There are four sizes of wrap on offer:
- Extra large 50 cm square for wrapping whole loaves of bread.
- Large 35 cm square which is great for sandwiches, and covering large bowls.
- Medium 27 cm square is brilliant for cheese.
- Small 20 cm square is perfect for covering small dishes or wrapping small items such as half used veggies. I also use this size a lot as a jar cover.