Many people seek out alternatives to plastic as a way of reducing their environmental impact. One such plastic alternative is beeswax cloth. Made on a base of cotton cloth, beeswax wrap is infused with food-grade beeswax, resin, and a combination of natural oils to create a reusable, eco-friendly substitute for traditional plastic wrap.
Because it sticks to itself (and to other surfaces, without leaving a residue), beeswax wrap is a great choice for wrapping sandwiches, covering bowls of leftovers—really most scenarios in which you might otherwise use plastic wrap.
Beeswax cloth is also easy to to clean. You simply wash it with warm water and soap. After it dries, the cloth is reactivated when you scrunch it in your hands—that is, the warmth of your hands activates the softness of the beeswax and oils. When the beeswax wrap eventually loses its stickiness, it can be composted.
There are many versions of beeswax wrap available. This guide presents the details on our top-favorite picks among the best options available.
Our Top Picks
Etee Organic Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps are made from certified organic cotton fabric infused with food-grade organic beeswax, coniferous tree resins, non-GMO soy wax, organic jojoba oil, and organic essential oils. These cloths are lightweight, waterproof, and have a light scent that is pleasant but not overwhelming. Each cloth can be used around 150 times before losing its cling. The cloths are available in three sizes: small teal wraps (7 inches by 8 inches), medium green wraps (10 inches by 11 inches), and large blue wraps (12 inches by 14 inches).
The Etee Organic beeswax cloths stick to themselves well enough that they can be used to make little pouches to contain nuts or grapes, or to cover large bowls for an airtight, spill-proof seal. They can be put in the freezer as well! Note only that since the Etee cloths can’t be washed in hot water, they are not recommended for use on raw meats.
Quo Decor offers beeswax wraps made from a patented combination of dye-free cotton, natural beeswax, natural tree resin, organic coconut oil, and organic jojoba oil. These wraps seal tightly but are also breathable, helping prevent fruits and vegetables don’t rot inside the wrap. Meanwhile, the embedded oils give these wraps a light, natural waxy scent (not the chemical or oily scent you get with inferior competing products).
Long-lasting Quo Decor wraps can be used up to 150 times and are compostable once they are no longer usable. These wraps are a solid creamy parchment color and come in three sizes (8-inch, 11-inch, and 14-inch squares) and packages of four, six, or eight wraps.
This set of three beeswax wraps by Bees Wrap features a quirky print of bees, honeycomb, and bears. Washable, reusable, and compostable, the Bees Wrap cloths are made by hand in Vermont using organic cotton treated with sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. Even the packaging is made from 100 percent recycled paper and biodegradable cellulose.
The Bees Wrap cloths come in packs of three in small (7 inches by 8 inches), medium (10 inches by 11 inches), and large (13 inches by 14 inches) sizes. Rinsing with cool water cleans and restores the cloths, while reactivating their stickiness is a simple matter of scrunching them in your hand to warm them up. As they cool, they’ll harden and form a tight seal around the bowl or food item you’re covering.
Savourio Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps cover a wider size range than most others on the market. Available in a package of four sizes—small (8 inches by 8 inches), medium (10 inches by 11 inches), large (14 inches by 14 inches) and extra-large (16 inches by 18 inches), the Savourio wraps can cover larger baking pans just as well as they make small pouches for a snack. The prints are attractive but not childish, so adults can use these to bring a sandwich to work without feeling like they brought their kid’s lunch to a professional setting.
The Savourio wraps are handcrafted from compostable cotton cloth and imbued with beeswax, tree resin, and jojoba oil. A cool, soapy wash will clean them and get them ready for their next use. If dried flat, they take up very little space when stored in a drawer.