Whilst many kitchen inventions look towards the future, integrating the latest technology in the design of fridges, can openers and drinks bottles, innovation can often be found by simply looking backwards.
That's exactly what Sarah Kaeck did when she came up with Bee's Wrap, an environmentally friendly alternative to cling film. She invented it whilst at home on her working farm in northern Vermont in the United States. She was concerned, as we all are, about the impact of the amount of plastic we're using to package food, with cling film being a major culprit. Inspired by the historial use of beeswax for food preservation, she adopted a traditional method of dipping organic cotton in beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin to create a malleable, reusable food protector.
The result is a sweet smelling, bendy resin cloth that can be moulded with warm hands into any shape over food or crockery, forming a seal once cool. It can be washed (gently in cool water) and reused again and again, with the oils coating the fabric enabling food to breathe, with anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-bacertial properties.
Bee's Wrap can be used to protect cheese, vegetables and fruit, bread and baked goods, and is available in a variety of sizes priced from $10.95. For stockists, visit the Epicure Trading website.