Look, plastic wrap and aluminum foil are incredibly useful to have on hand, especially when you are properly adulting (i.e. cooking for yourself).
But neither is particularly great for the environment. Plastic wrap is usually thrown out after a use, and while foil can be stretched out for a few more uses, eventually it joins its plastic brethren in the trash can. While foil is technically recyclable, most recycling centers in the United States don't accept it.
That trash ends up in landfills and contributes to the massive waste human beings have bestowed upon the planet.
Enter the less than $20 solution that both you and your leftovers will love — Bee's Wrap. The wrap, which is made by a company in Vermont, is a reusable alternative to plastic wrap and foil.
Bee's Wrap is washable (and air dries quickly) and compostable, making it an environmentally friendly staple worth keeping in the kitchen.
As the story goes, per Bee's Wrap's website, creator Sarah Kaeck was searching for a way to eliminate plastics from her kitchen and concocted her own solution: She infused organic cotton with beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin. The result:
The wraps become malleable with the heat of your hand, meaning you can wrap it around any shape and seal the edges to ensure air doesn't make its way in. Bee's Wrap comes packaged in a compostable cardboard box, so there's no risk of cutting your hand like there is on the sharp metal teeth of standard wraps.
It even smells great (!), though its beeswax-y scent won't impart itself onto the food.
The Bee's Wraps are great for packaging leftover vegetables and fruits, like a quarter of a lemon or the second avocado half worth saving for tomorrow's breakfast. It keeps cheese fresh and covers bowls and other dishware as well. (The company doesn't recommend using the wraps with meat, though.)
The wraps are available in a number of sizes and a three-wrap variety pack will set you back just $18 — or a little less than the cost of five rolls of Glad Cling Wrap Plastic Wrap.