Beeswax Wraps FAQ

How to use
What are Beeswax Wraps?

Beeswax Wraps are a washable, reusable and biodegradable alternative to plastic wrap. Your beeswax food wrap does the job as wrap for Fruit & Vegetable Leftover, as avocado saver or Cheese Cloth. It’s your perfect Reusable Cake or Sandwich Wrap in office, on a hike or camping and can be modelized to a reusable Snack Bag for Kids. Want to cover a bowl? No problem!

How do I use Beeswax Wraps?

When using them the first time, unfold each wrap and crumple it a few times to get a smooth structure. Wrap your foodstuff and press gently with your palms. Your body heat softens the beeswax and seals it. To cover a bowl, pull the wrap tight over the edge and stick the overlapping part to each other.

Can I cut the larger wrap to a smaller size if I don't need anything that large?

Yes, absolutely! Use your sharpest scissor to cut the Beeswax Wrap into size or shape which fits your needs perfectly.  

I read that you can cut them down to smaller pieces, but specifically, are they still effective to wrap taffy pieces? Do the twisted ends stay put?

You can cut them in smaller pieces if needed without problems. If you twist the ends, just hold them for a moment and the warmth of your hand softens the wax and seals it. 

How is this product shipped when it is hot outside? Will the heat effect it?

Wraps are usually shipped by Amazons delivery services like USPS, UPS or FedEx or if it’s shipped from our workshop, by Swiss Post. 

As Beeswax is getting soft from 100°F, it might happen that the Wraps start sticking together. Usually it's no problem to separate them as it need direct and permanent ray of sunlight to harm the wraps. 

However, if the wraps get damaged through transport, we or our carrier back it with a full guarantee. 

What to Avoid
Do I have to avoid anything?

Our Beeswax Wraps are not recommended to use with raw meat and fish. Also avoid direct sun exposure and the usage on hot food, as it might melt the beeswax. Beeswax melting point is around 65°C / 150°F which will damage the Wrap. Don't deep-freeze foodstuff with the Wax Wraps.

Can I use it to wrap fish?

As you can't wash the wrap on hot temperatures, we highly recommend to avoid wrapping raw meat and fish because chances are high that they are contaminated with bacteria which would remain on the wrap. 
Once meat and fish are well cooked, grilled or baked etc., they can be wrapped as bacteria should be cleaned. 
So basically, it's a hygienic aspect and a matter on how to clean it.

Can i use it in the microwave to cover foods?

No, unfortunately microwaves would melt the beeswax. 
A simple use for microwaves would be a plate on top of a bowl, or vice versa a bowl to cover a plate to warming foodstuff in your microwave.

Can they be used in the freezer?

No, we don't recommend deep-freezing food with Beeswax Wraps. 

Is there any issue with using these wraps in a lunchbox with an ice pack?

Temporarily putting them in a lunchbox with an ice pack doesn’t hurt the wrap. But we don’t recommend deep-freezing over a longer period.

 

When their Life-Span is Over
Is the packaging compostable?

It's a thin cardboard, so you can either recycle or compost it.

How long does these last?

On average, the wraps will last up to 6 months. If you use them on a daily basis, you may have to replace them every 3 - 4 months. If you just use them to cover bowls, they are your friends for up to a year. It also really depends on what you’re wrapping.
However, the wraps are 100 % biodegradable. If you are no longer able to use them, cut them into pieces and compost them. You are even able to use the pieces as fire starters! 

My wraps are a few months old and have become flakey (the wax). Can I repair this?

It's completely normal that some small wax bits are coming off after a while. Since our wraps are made by hand, every wrap is unique, therefore they may vary with the amount of wax is being used. If more wax is used, it usually starts flaking off sooner because the wax which is flaking off was simply too much for the fabric.

This is one reason why we only use organic ingredients, so you don't have to worry about if some tiny bits end up in the food.

There is a way to fix long used wraps, depending on their current condition. Try to put the wrap in the oven on about 180°F / 85°C for 5-10 minutes to melt the beeswax. Place the wrap on a sheet of parchment paper, so the baking tray doesn't get messed up with wax. After removing the tray from the oven, pick the wrap on 2 corners with your fingertips (CAUTION because of the heat!!!!), alternatively use tweezers or small tongs and remove the parchment paper. Hold the wrap for about 20 seconds to cool it.

 

Clean & Care
Do they need to be washed before use?

It's not necessary, but if you feel more comfortable, you can wash them before first use.

How do you wash these?

Rinse with cold water 65°F / 20°C (caution, warm water will melt the beeswax), clean the Wrap gentle with the soft side of a sponge and hang it to dry. 
If necessary, add a drop of mild organic soap. 
Tipp: Fold your Wrap in half or even quarter on water jet for a better handling. 

How do I remove strong scents like onion, blue cheese etc. from the wrap?

This really depends on the smell itself. There are many household remedies for the majority of smells which can be found by searching the internet. But most smells will disappear by time.

Can the wraps be washed in a washing machine?

No, it would damage the wraps and mess up your washing machine. They need to be washed by hand with cool tap water. 

 

Manufacturing
Which ingredients are used for pataBee Beeswax Wraps?

Our Beeswax, Cotton cloth and Jojoba Oil are all certified pure Organic! Due to customer feedback, we have improved our recipe and added tree resin for a higher cling factor to our Wraps. We also put a big portion of love into our products.   

Where are the wraps made?

They are made in Aarau, Switzerland. We cooperate with Töpferhaus Aarau, an institution for social reintegration, to craft your Wraps in a meaningful and wholistic manner.

Do the wraps have an odor? I made some on my own, but the aroma is not necessarily pleasant.

There is a big variety of scent's in beeswax, depending on the area of origin and the way it's harvested. We tried many different sources until we found our current wax with a very soft and smooth smell of beeswax.

They have a little bit of smell when opened and first couple of times using it, but It will go after washing it a few times.

What do you use to dye them?

We don't dye the fabrics on our own. We buy the fabrics already GOTS certified dyed from our supplier. 
If you like to get more information about the accurate certification, please send us an Email to info@patabee.com and we will be more than happy to send you a copy. 

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