October 10, 2018
Plastic has become a big problem for the planet. It's in the oceans, and finding its way into wildlife, who nibble at plastic bits in the mistaken belief they're food. Many families are working to reduce their plastic footprint, and so is Calgary Co-op; reusable bags are available (and feature fine local artists too) and now there's a viable, attractive, long lasting and sustainable option to single use plastic wraps.
Meet MsSloane&Co Beeswax Wraps
MsSloane&Co is a small Calgary business that makes reusable beeswax wraps from chic and colourful fabrics and local beeswax. Now available at select Calgary and area Co-op stores, the Mixed 3-Pack of Wraps and Mixed 3-Pack of Extra Large Wraps can be found in either the Produce department or the Natural Foods section. The wraps are made of 100% quilting cotton, and unfiltered beeswax sourced from two nearby apiaries.
Caring for the Planet by Making Less Plastic Waste
Alicia Harrison is the owner of MsSloane&Co, named for her daughter. She sources the wax, then carefully grates it, sprinkling it liberally on the fabrics. From there, it's baked in an oven to set the wax, making the wraps breathable but somewhat airtight, and pliable.
"Our wraps are handmade, they're environmentally friendly, reusable, and hand-washable," explains Harrison.
The MsSloane&Co Beeswax wraps can last for a year if kept clean and cared for. If they lose their stickiness or pliability, they can be rejuvenated in the oven on low for a few minutes.
Beeswax Wraps Keep Food Fresh
Beeswax wraps can be used in place of plastic film on glass bowls or plates. The wax helps it stick to dishes, but you can also use beeswax wraps in place of plastic bags in lunches, wrapping sandwiches, treats or even veggies and keeping them fresh.
"These replace so much plastic," says Harrison. "Plastic that might otherwise end up in our ocean. People are a lot more aware now about the 'plastic problem' and how accustomed to just tossing away plastic we are without ever thinking about it. Now, people are paying more attention to what they're using, and how much plastic goes into landfills."
Crafting Creative Wraps with Local Supplies
Harrison loves the creative side of her new venture, finding it more fulfilling and meaningful than her previous career in the mortgage industry.
"I love the process of choosing the fabrics, of crafting the wraps and working with the beeswax, I love that I'm helping the environment; it just makes my heart feel good that what I'm doing helps the planet too," enthuses Harrison.
How did Harrison become a beeswax businesswoman? A friend held a craft night, and the project was homemade beeswax wraps. Harrison was hooked in an instant.
"I became slightly obsessed, to be honest!"
Fun & Funky Prints for Lunchboxes—and Your Fridge!
The wraps come folded in small packets, cinched with hemp twine. Patterns range from polka dots and stripes, to monochromatic ensembles and a litany of fun and funky prints too.
Harrison had been selling her wraps through her Facebook page when she delivered an order to a group of moms in Airdrie. One of them happened to work for Co-op and thought the chic and cheerful wraps deserved a place in stores.
"I'm floored and grateful—I'm just over the moon to have my products in Calgary Co-op," raves Harrison. "Co-op is such a great local supporter. Customers are so much more conscious of where they're buying their products these days and Co-op goes to great lengths to provide a great local outlet."
Harrison's fledgling business is now doing so well, she was able to leave her day job to focus on growing her new empire, one she hopes will have an even wider local impact.
"By buying MsSloane&Co wraps you're not only supporting my little business but you're supporting at least two others; my beeswax suppliers YYC Beeswax and Forever Bee."
Find MsSloane&Co Beeswax Wraps at select Calgary Co-op stores.
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