ReconsumerEyes - Fool's Gold

By Lindsay Loodle for Crispina ffrench Always on the look out for helpful ways to maintain the lifestyle I/we love while reducing the pile of waste at the end of the day, this weekly column showcases my findings to inspire our collective strive for a diminishing footprint. What do you use, or do, in your life that helps reduce the waste you create in your day? Suggestions welcome.

Did you get a chance to play a prank for April Fools Day? Well, if you didn’t, we’ve got a trick that you can play on friends and family all year long.

Plastic wrap is one of those pesky materials that we find so useful in the kitchen but that poses a real threat to our environment – the amount of plastic trash in the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" has increased 100-fold during the past 40 years! After much searching, we’re ecstatic to have finally found a product equivalent to plastic wrap that is healthy for the Earth in being a more-than-single-use product made from biodegradable materials.

Sarah Kaeck makes and sells Bee’s Wrap out of her farm in Vermont. This organic cotton muslin infused with beeswax can be molded with the warmth of your hands to stick to the top of any dish or wrap any food product. The antibacterial properties of the beeswax help keep food fresh and allow the Bee's Wrap to be used again and again. Best of all, when the Bee's Wrap finally wears out, it can be thrown in the compost!

We suggest pranking your neighbors, roommates, parents, coworkers, anyone! by replacing their plastic wrap with this eco-friendly alternative. You can begin greening kitchens everywhere by buying Sarah’s Bee’s Wrap on Etsy or on her website www.beeswrap.com. Play the prank!

p.s. This blog post is focused on reducing plastic, so we thought we’d add this special TEDTalk on recycling plastic by Mike Biddle, founder of MBA Polymers, the world’s leader in producing post-consumer recycled plastics. Check it out!