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Beeswax to Replace Small-Format Plastics

Innovative Approaches to Replacing Small Plastics

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Sustainable Food Storage from Beeswax (beeswrap.com)

Beeswax is sourced from sustainably-managed hives in the US, and only organic jojoba oil is used. The packaging is fully recyclable and plastic-free.

Each wrap is reusable, biodegradable, and compostable. At the end of a wrap’s useful life in the kitchen, wraps can be cut into strips and added to a compost heap. They can also be wrapped  around pieces of kindling and use as a natural and effective fire starter.

How does this research relate to our Use Cases?

Tear-offs and one-time use plastics are a major concern in non-recyclable waste. I would like to see further research behind beeswax as a viable replacement not just to plastic wrap but for tear-off plastics and other small-format plastics.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Since beeswax can be re-used, how do we incentivize people to purchase products with a slightly higher cost, knowing they're helping the environment? Additionally, how can we incentivize manufacturers to use alternate raw materials like beeswax? Challenges: Temperature in various regions, shipping & trucking viability, tight seal capabilities

Tell us about yourself

I am a designer who is extremely passionate about sustainable living and circular design as well as permaculture. One of the most impactful books I've ever read was "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things."

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Is there an opportunity to get some big name companies to invest R&D resources in developing commercial scale beeswax?