Since AllSpice first opened in 2010, we’ve been deliberate not just about the products we sell our customers, but deliberate about how we package those ingredients.
Our herbs, spices, chiles and blends come in glass jars, and AllSpice vinegars and oils are sold in glass bottles. The bottles can be refilled in the store, and we sell minimally-packaged refill bags of the dry ingredients. Our goal is to provide you with the best ingredients from around the world, while generating as little waste as possible.*
With the eco-friendly storage of non-perishable ingredients figured out, we’ve set our sights on how to store perishable goods: how can we eliminate (or at least drastically reduce) the use of plastics in our kitchen in favor of a healthier, more sustainable way to store our food?
We’ve found a neat solution: Bee’s Wrap food storage wraps. By infusing organic cotton with beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin, Bee’s Wrap creator Sarah Kaeck has invented a washable, reusable, and compostable (!) alternative to plastic wrap. When the company first started in 2012, beeswax was hand-painted onto every bag; now they have a custom-designed machine to produce the reusable bags.
The wraps come in a variety of sizes, from the small covers that could handle a lemon wedge, half an onion or a sliced avocado, to great big wraps that can keep a large loaf of homemade bread fresh.
There are also variety packs, and neat reusable “lunch sets” with one wrap for your sandwich, and two others for your “sides” or dessert.
How does it work? Use the warmth of your hands to soften the wrap and create a seal around your food item. When cool, the wrap will hold its shape. To reuse, wash in COOL water with a mild dish soap, and allow to air dry.
AllSpice now carries a variety of Bee’s Wraps, and they range in price from about $5 to about $25:
Single Small Bee’s Wrap – 7″x8″ – $6.00
Single Medium – 10″x11″ – $6.60
Single Large – 13″x14″ – $7.20
Bee’s Wrap Three Pack – 1 each Small, Medium, Large – $18.00
Bread Bee’s Wrap – 17″x23″ – $15.00
Sandwich wrap with tie – 13″x13″ – $11.00
Lunch Pack – 1 Sandwich wrap with tie, 2 medium wraps – $21.00
*And, of course, our glass bottles and jars are recyclable when you are done refilling and reusing them.