The idea is to take sustainably and respectfully-sourced spun cloth and infuse it with sustainably and respectfully-sourced wax to create a replacement for plastic wrap. We call them “Khala Cloths,” where khala means “food” in Tibetan. The idea is to “honor your food,” its socio-ecological source and the community connection it creates through eating, by storing and presenting it in earth-honoring, zero waste ways. Food stays as fresh or fresher than it does with plastic wrap, and when a Khala Cloth is done storing food it can be handwashed like a dishtowel and hung to dry like one too. Once dry, it is reusable, compostable, or creatively recycled like dishtowels can be.
Currently we use beeswax from apiaries committed to bee-first practices, tree resin from trees used in reforestation projects, and monkey-free coconut oil. Everything is also either organic, natural, and/or ethical in nature, but we are always trying to do more. Such as create a vegan version! As stressed and imperiled as bee colonies currently are, while we try to support apiaries committed to overcoming colony collapse disorder (CCD) and the possible extinction of critical populations of bees, we are sensitive and motivated enough to look to non-bee harvested wax as a further solution and improvement. So far, we have experimented with a variety of plant-based waxes and oils and want to proceed further along these lines.