New Habits is a series I’ve been working on featuring ideas, tips and positive intentions to help shift some of our personal practises towards being more eco friendly, sustainable, healthy and wholesome. I hope you find this new series useful and feel inspired to take small steps yourself towards positive habit shifts, for your happiness and for the benefit of our planet!
With an unprecedented amount of plastic floating around the world, finding ways in which we can limit the amount we use in our own homes is something of a talking point right now. I’ve been slowly switching out plastic food containers for stainless steel ones and using jam jars and glass Kilners to store our larder essentials. I’ve started to keep our veggies in brown paper bags and more recently I’ve invested in some simple bowl covers and beeswax wraps to help me store food in an environmentally friendly way. Not only is this better for the planet, but with so many toxins found in plastic, I wanted a means to keeping our food fresh without wrapping it up in the bad stuff.
These simple cotton bowl covers work like a dream. They come in a range of sizes to suit your needs and having used them for the past 3 months I can honestly say, they keep food fresher than anything I’ve tried before – no more limp salad leaves! The beauty of these is that they’re reusable – you just pop them in the wash to freshen them up and they’re ready to go again and again and again. We bought ours from The Wisehouse, a local eco company who stock a really great range of environmentally friendly products in aesthetically pleasing designs.
For those awkward food items like half a block of cheese or left over mango which most people end up wrapping in clingfilm or tin foil, you can switch that out for beeswax wraps.
We use these ones for pretty much every kind of food – from sandwiches, to left over fruit, cheese, meats and bread. These can also work in the same way as the bowl covers to seal open containers and keep it fresh. We have a couple of packs giving us a good selection of sizes in our stock cupboard. Using hot water on these melts the beeswax so it’s important to use luke warm water and a little soap to gently wash them ready for them to be used again and again.
If you feel like getting crafty and have the time you can make your own bowl covers and beeswax wraps using some pretty left over fabric. I’m planning to make a few more to add to our collection soon and when I do I’ll share a ‘how to’ post here. Lucy from The Wisehouse has kindly offered my readers a discount in her store – use code WISEHOUSE10 at the checkout for 10% off any purchase.