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sustainability in small spaces

Posted on February 14, 2018

Airstream eating

Two years ago, Demi-Brooke Kerr and her husband began daydreaming about downsizing. Together with their two small children, the Kerrs lived in a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house — one that felt empty, given how few belongings the family had collected.

They wanted something smaller. Something mobile. Something built for family adventures.

And they found it in a 32-foot, 1987-vintage Airstream, ready to hit the road in the coming months when the Kerrs set out from their home base on Long Island. 

“When we were in a big house, we were all together anyway,” says Kerr. “To us, it doesn’t feel smaller in here.”

But tiny living does bring the details into focus. The already-minimalist-inclined family has pared down to the essentials. And increasingly, Kerr and her family are looking critically at every item they bring into the Airstream. That includes packaging, plastic, and other disposables destined to be trash.

“My husband and I both are very passionate about creating less waste and using less plastic,” says Kerr. “Now in the Airstream we’re even more conscious of how much waste we make, because we don’t have space for much. We have a tiny trash can under our dinette, and when that fills up, that’s all there is.” 

Bee's Wrap grocery shopping

So Kerr shops in bulk. She swapped out multiple cleaning solutions for one all-purpose, do-it-all bottle of castile soap. And she and her family are using Bee’s Wrap with gusto. They pack it along on their bi-weekly shopping trips, cover baked goods concocted in the Airstream’s tiny kitchen, and pack sandwiches and snacks for playdates conducted in fresh air. When her children — four and two — don’t finish a meal, Kerr wraps the plate in Bee’s Wrap to save for later.

“They’re indestructible,” says Kerr of Bee’s Wrap. The appeal runs beyond pure utilitarianism. “Since we live in such a tiny space, we want everything that we have to be useful, but also attractive.” 

Is small living living up to the Kerrs’ daydreams? So far, yes. A few months in to the family’s new tiny living arrangements, Kerr is hard pressed to articulate any challenges. “There honestly has not been a single downside,” says Kerr. As for the kids? “They live like they’re living in a clubhouse.”

why organic cotton matters

Posted on January 15, 2018

Our business is founded on the premise that little choices add up to big change. Choosing to carry your lunch in a sandwich wrap instead of a disposable sandwich baggie, or choosing to bundle a hunk of cheese in Bee's Wrap instead of cling film? That matters.

Naturally, we extend that ethos to our production: The choices we make as a company matter. This ethos is why we're committed to using recycled, plastic-free packaging. It's why we're picky about where and how we source our beeswax, working with beekeepers who meet strict sustainability standards. And it's why we use Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)-certified organic cotton as the foundation for our wraps. 

Approximately half of all textiles are made from cotton, yet conventionally produced cotton is considered the world's dirtiest, thirstiest crop. Cotton production uses more than 15 percent of the world's pesticides, even though it consumes less than three percent of the world's farmland. From pesticide runoff to habitat degradation, from soil depletion to water contamination, cotton threatens ecosystems worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 20,000 people die each year in developing countries as a result of the chemicals sprayed on non-organic cotton, and the EPA has labeled seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton as "possible," "likely," "probable," or "known" human carcinogens. 

By contrast, organic cotton is grown without chemical fertilizers, defoliants, pesticides, or herbicides, and is always grown from untreated, non-genetically modified seed. At Bee's Wrap, we only use cotton that is GOTS-certified, which comes with additional layers of protection; GOTS-certified fabrics are made without chlorine bleaches, heavy metal dyes, and finishers that contain suspected carcinogens or toxins.

The GOTS certification also ensures that key social criteria are met — protecting workers' right to collective bargaining, ensuring safe and hygienic working conditions, prohibiting children labor, and paying living wages, among other requirements.

Fabric is the foundation of our wraps, and the fabrics we choose matter. When you hold Bee's Wrap in your hands, you're holding the culmination of many minute choices at every step of the supply chain to prioritize the health of the planet, and the health of the people who call it home.

And that, it turns out, is no small thing after all. 

 

meet the bees + bears

Posted on January 08, 2018

Your go-to kit for on-the-go eating — in our newest print, Bees + Bears, inspired by the New England ecosystem we call home.

We believe sustainable living should be beautiful and practical. That's why, from the beginning, Bee's Wrap has been both a utilitarian solution to a problem and a tactile, aesthetically pleasing addition to our homes and kitchens. Our premise: Let's reduce plastic in our lives. And let's do so in a way that's beautiful, too. 

Add in the fact that we're kind of textile nerds around these parts, and can you blame us for geeking out over a new print

We're thrilled to be unveiling our Bees + Bears print for 2018, in a vibrant cobalt blue. For inspiration, we turned to the place we call home: New England's rich ecosystem. We share this place with black bears who ramble through woods and hills, and bees who pollinate crops and wildflowers. We find sweetness in the beauty of our landscape (and in the syrup harvested from our maple trees, and the berries plucked from wild bushes).

We're launching this new print with a new addition to our line-up: the Lunch Pack, designed to make it easier to take sustainable choices with you through your day. Whether you're bound for the school cafeteria or the corporate boardroom, summiting a local peak or picnicking with the kids, our Lunch Pack provides a replacement for disposable plastics and pesky sandwich baggies. 

Behind the Scenes at Bee's Wrap

Posted on December 20, 2017

You know the saying: It's the most wonderful time of the year. And at Bee's Wrap, as we race toward the holidays, this is also the busiest time of year. The days are shorter, the temperatures are dropping — and the hive is a-buzz. 

The phone is ringing off of the hook. Members of our staff are darting this way and that, passing on messages to the shipping department. But amid the chaos there's excitement. Christmas carols are playing in the workshop, and every now and then we strike up a singalong.

When we founded Bee’s Wrap in 2012, we worked out of founder Sarah Kaeck’s home. We grew into a bustling workshop in Bristol, Vermont — and during this year, one of incredible growth for us, we expanded our capacity, added members to our team, and happily sent more Bee’s Wrap out into the world. We took over the entirety of the building that houses our workshop, and stretching into the one next door. As we rush toward the holidays this year, we're reminded of how far we've come, how much we've grown, and how grateful we are to everyone who has helped along the way.

 

Amid all this growth, we still take pride in touching every step in our production process, from sourcing sustainably harvested beeswax to handling all of our production in-house to sending Bee’s Wrap out into the world.

And most of all, we take pride in sending Bee's Wrap out into the world. From our home to yours, happy holidays this season!

The Bee's Wrap Gift Guide

Posted on December 20, 2017

Bee's Wrap holiday cookies

We’re biased, of course, but we love giving Bee’s Wrap. Everyone eats — and everyone, to our mind, deserves a better way to store food. 

On its own, Bee's Wrap makes a great stocking stuffer, host or hostess gift, or “just because” present. And we’re the first to say that when it comes to giving, there’s no need to go over the top: the small, thoughtful gift is often the most perfect kind. 

But we also know that sometimes you want to add a little oomph to a present. And that’s when we pair Bee’s Wrap with a few other favorite products. Hunting for ideas? We've got you covered. 

sandwichwrap

Green On the Go

Our sandwich wrap, paired with a few other zero-waste essentials, makes it easy to eat on the go without generating trash in the process. We love a small stainless steel cup (this one from Klean Kanteen is the perfect size to tuck in a lunchbox or handbag), a cloth napkin, bamboo utensils, and a reusable straw. Together, you’ve got a lunch kit that’s beautiful, eco-friendly, and designed well.

cheese wrap

Cheese, Please

There’s no better way to store cheese than Bee’s Wrap; our naturally breathable wraps are easy to form around blocks of cheese, and prevent cheese from growing slimy (as it so often does in plastic wrapping). Our cheese wrap set features three wraps sized for the cheddar-, gouda-, and brie-loving friend in your life. Pair with a beautiful cutting board for an instant cheese board. 

Eco-friendly kitchen gear 

Green Kitchen Swaps

The kitchen is the heart of the home, right? There's no better place to embrace beauty, simplicity, and environmentally friendly swaps. Pair our assorted three-pack (our bestseller for good reason!) with a few other useful kitchen tools to replace disposable goods — like a glass bottle for cleaning solution from Grove, and scrubbing brushes to swap in for your sponges.

One for the Bees

Perhaps the most natural pairing of all, we love to give Bee’s Wrap alongside a jar of honey from local beekeepers. Look for small beekeeping operations with a commitment to responsible beekeeping; by supporting these beekeepers, you’re supporting healthy pollinator populations in your region. What could be sweeter?