If you haven’t already, you might want to get acquainted with beeswax wraps.
Once relegated to niche, ultra-environmentally conscious corners of the internet, beeswax wraps are becoming a chic (and reusable) way to wrap up leftovers and store food; and with their environmental-saving properties, are worth investing in for more than just one reason.
Made by coating thin fabric or thick paper in a layer of wax, the sheets are breathable, waterproof and can be wiped down with a warm sponge after use; and last many, many more times than a sheet of single-use plastic.
In terms of getting the skinny on all things apis, we asked Jennifer Doyle from Irish company Millbee to teach us how we can change our ways with a little help from the hive.
"We make our beeswax wraps at our studio in Offaly," she tells Irish Tatler.
"They are a reusable alternative for clingfilm made from natural ingredients (beeswax, organic cotton, tree resin, and jojoba oil) and organic cotton fabric. The beeswax and jojoba oil have antibacterial qualities that help to keep your food fresh and allow you to use your wrap again and again.
"The wraps can be used to cover (and keep fresh) foods such as cheese, bread, fruit, vegetables, bowls of leftovers or meals prepared in advance."
When used with care (by washing in cold water only) Jennifer tells us that we can get up to a year's use from our beeswax wraps. That's a lot less plastic.
If anything, quarantine has taught us to be much more mindful about not wasting any food and to support local growers and grocers whenever we can.
With this ethos in mind, it's only natural to crave an arsenal of kitchen essentials that will make it easier to live a little greener.
For more information on eradicating clingfilm for good – or to peruse other sustainable kitchen essentials – check out the MillBee website here.