Do More for Our Beautiful Planet with Honeywrap

Did you know that you can make a difference every time you use a reusable beeswax wrap? Yes, instead of using plastic wraps, why not wrap your sandwiches with these beautiful organic beeswax wraps from Honeywrap. Or reseal your leftover with a beautifully printed beeswax wrap instead of the single-use plastic wraps. By simply switching to Honeywraps you are making a huge difference for the environment. Let’s find out more about these amazing Honeywraps and why you should check them out.

I had the honor to interview the CEO of Honeywrap, Wendy Oliver, and learn more about this amazing company that is doing more than just providing an environmentally friendly product. Honeywrap goes one step further, Honeywrap wants to show more businesses that going sustainable is the right thing to do and more brands should follow in their footsteps.

Let’s find out more about the amazing Honeywrap itself, the good things the company is doing for mother earth.

Honeywrap – Organic Beeswax Wrap

Honeywraps in different size and used in different ways
Honeywraps are environmentally friendly reusable wraps that are made with organic cotton, beeswax, tree resin, and jojoba oil. These wraps are a sustainable alternative to the single-use plastic wrap that most of us have at home. You must be wondering, what is so special about these Honeywraps, well, of course, the quality is amazing.

Honeywraps can also keep your food fresh longer due to the beeswax and breathable organic cotton fabric. All of the Honeywrap beeswax wraps are handmade in New Zealand with organic certified cotton fabric and natural, organic non-toxic dyes only. In addition, all designs and patterns are a collaboration with local New Zealand artists.

Honeywrap beeswax wraps can replace plastic wraps and plastic zip lock bags when it comes to storing fruits, vegetables, sandwiches, and other food and snacks. They can be used alone or in conjunction with bowls and plates too. Honeywraps are made to last, you can use them over and over for a long period of time, such as 12 months!. Once you are done with the wraps, you can either compost them, recoat the beeswax, or use it as a fire starter.

Each Honeywrap can save up to 75 meters of plastic going into landfills or the oceans each year! Plus, you can save some money by not buying plastic wraps or zip lock bags.

How to take care of your Honeywrap

Make sure you are using Honeywraps properly
According to Wendy, if you take proper care of your Honeywraps, they can last a very long time, a year or more! Here are a few rules on how to take care of your Honeywraps.

Remember to warm up the wraps between the palms of your hands and then gently shape the wrap to the desired shape. For sandwiches and bread, once done, just simply brushing off the crumbs is enough. When washing, always remember to use cold water and mild soap when needed. Once washed, let it air dry or pat dry.

Never put it in the microwave, oven, or any place with high temperatures, such as dishwasher and sometimes even direct sunlight, and hot water. P.S. The wax will melt! Honeywrap should not be used to wrap or cover raw meat.

How did Honeywrap start?

Honeywrap was started by 2 amazing women who realized the amount of plastic that goes into their children’s packed lunch and had to do something about it. Their love for nature and wanting to protect the beautiful ocean led them to create Honeywraps. Their goal was to reduce and get rid of single-use plastic from the household. From then on, Honeywraps has expanded and grew, not only do they make sure that their products are environmentally friendly, but Honeywrap also gives back to their local community by collaborating with different organizations and donating a certain percentage of profit to charities.

Wendy Oliver: Perfect Match with Honeywrap

Wendy (CEO/Owner of Honeywrap)
Wendy, the current CEO and owner of Honeywrap, is a seventh generation farmer, a businesswoman, and a mother, took over Honeywrap in 2020. Wendy is the perfect match to Honeywrap’s core values and philosophy and as a nature lover herself, she wants the best for the earth. With her experience in running a Honey business, joining Honeywrap just felt like the right choice.

I decided to buy Honeywrap because it fitted with the philosophy that I thought that things should be, single-use plastic is problematic, and Honeywrap was a way to help eliminate single-use plastic. Honeywrap matched my values of being sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Being a 7th generation farmer and often goes on a multi-day hike, protecting the environment and looking after the land is the obvious choice. Joining Honeywrap, allowed Wendy to continue protecting the environment, working with honey, which she loves, and educate and inspire more people to make sustainable choices that can protect the earth. Wendy hopes that Honeywrap will continue to provide sustainable choices for people all around the world, educate more, and inspire more individuals and businesses to look after our planet earth.

The special connection with Honey

Beeswax blocks
During the interview, I noticed the special connection Wendy has for Honey, she worked in the honey business for 30 years, enrolled at The University of Waikato in an MBA, and halfway through her MBA she started a new honey business, so I asked her, why Honey? And Why Honeywrap?

I couldn’t really think of anything better to do than stay in the honey industry. I mean, I just think Honey is an amazing product. It’s great for your health and well-being, there are so many uses; topically for skin and eczema. It’s great for sore throats, ulcers, and stomachs. Bees are great for the environment. Without bees we wouldn’t have all the fresh fruit and veggies, we wouldn’t have 90% of our food. And beeswax wrap is an extension of honey, furthermore, it is great for the environment. Honeywrap reduces plastic. It’s a win-win situation and it’s sustainable, reusable, recyclable, and compostable. I mean the list goes on.


Goodbye Plastic, Hello Honeywrap

Using Honeywrap instead of plastic wrap for sandwiches
Producing a sustainable product is not enough, Honeywrap’s philosophy is also very important to Wendy. The company showcases sustainability ideals and aims to show more businesses that being sustainable is possible and something that more brands and businesses should join.

Honeywrap values sustainability, educating more people about environmentally friendly choices, inclusivity, and of course giving back to society and the people. Honeywrap has worked with many organizations such as Project Jonah, Forest & Birds, and so on. Not only do they donate to charities and Honeywrap is also a member of the Sustainable Business Network.

Sustainability for Honeywrap and Wendy



So what does “Sustainability” mean for you and Honeywrap?

I think sustainability obviously means having an environmentally friendly product that doesn’t leave a footprint on the planet, [such as it] breaks down or you can repurpose and reuse.

Honeywrap ticks all the boxes. When you are finished with your Honeywrap, you can compost it, recoat the beeswax, and becomes good as new. Luckily, they do sell beeswax or DIY kits that allow you to do so. You can crumble it up and use it as fire starters for camping, since there are no toxins or harsh chemicals in the ingredients when you burn the Honeywrap, it will have a nice honey smell.

“Sustainability is about zero waste as well. So we [as a business] have very little waste. I always ask our suppliers to not supply anything in plastic, rather supply the products in cardboard, so we can recycle it, or we can repurpose it. Honeywrap is aiming towards zero waste. Also, I think sustainability is about your team, you want your team members to be there for a long time. [A sustainable company] has to be a good work environment. It’s not about making money, it’s about giving back as we do, in terms of education, and so on. You can make a business sustainable in several ways, for example, educating, taking care of the environment, providing a good work environment, along with a sustainable product.”

Honeywrap is constantly trying to improve itself as a sustainable and environmentally friendly company. To become zero waste, Honeywrap reduces all possible waste coming to the company. Such as communicating with their suppliers about plastic waste and not including them. Others include cutting the beeswax wraps to ensure there is very little waste product. The small amount of wasted material from the wraps is made into fire starters, using recyclable materials for packaging.

Another point of difference with Honeywrap beeswax wraps is that they only use 100% natural New Zealand beeswax that is not bleached. Many of the other wrap producers used white beeswax that contains bleach. Both Wendy and Honeywrap believe in taking care of the environment. By taking these extra steps not only is sustainable, but it also sets Honeywraps apart from other brands.

I see Honeywrap being that voice that educates others on how to go plastic-free, how to be more sustainable, whether it is for business or individuals.

Let’s Protect Our Planet Together!

Honeywrap with Chocolate chip cookies
I hope this interview with Wendy about Honeywrap inspired you to look for sustainable products and support sustainable brands. Just like Wendy and Honeywrap, you can do more for our planet. It could be a simple step like using Honeywraps instead of the regular ziplock bag or plastic wrap.

If you wish to get a Honeywrap, please feel free to check out Honeywrap’s Official Website and Honeywrap’s Official Japanese Website. Honeywraps offer many amazing environmentally friendly products!

               
Author: Monica Chang
Started my ethical journey in 2010. Always looking for better options for me and the environment.