We’ll the time has come to give you our verdict (well, humble opinion rather!) on the organic food wraps we posted about ordering a few weeks ago!
So that you know what they are, here’s a quick video we’ve uploaded to our youtube channel of the etee (Everything Touches Everything Else) Organic Foodwaps;
I’m tempted to say we bought these organic wraps completely out of our burning desire to save the earth, but that’s not completely the case! I actually really wanted these wraps because of efficiency – they’re able to seal things great and I do a lot of that with food in bowls / on plates etc.
So here’s a rundown of what we think after using for the past 2 weeks;
The features of the wrap is exactly the same as what was advertised.
Nature of Material:
Although they seemed stiff when they were first unpacked, these wraps are very flexible and get soft with use even when they were not activated. They can also fit perfectly on any item you wish to seal them with. The cotton, hemp and beeswax fibers contained in this product makes the product sound like an abrasive when there is contact, but it’s not at all.
I was expecting a scent similar to those of the volatile oils included in its basic ingredients but wax was all I could perceive with a touch of clover. The good thing about this wrap is that this wax and clover scents do not transfer or stay on your food at all.
From the short clip, it is pretty obvious that the wraps were highly efficient even from their packaging. With their gel, liquid and solid contents, they can wrap up any piece of food even to the most awkward shape. Although I won’t totally recommend you use them solely for air-sensitive foods, they seal perfectly nonetheless – provided you use them appropriately.
The biggest benefit I’m getting from them is the simple fact they cover the bowls and plates of food that the food is already in, saving on time/washing up and stopping food smells in the fridge and beyond! Just not having to place the food into a plastic container is practically more efficient as well as making me feel better about what im doing.
As a minor test, I let an apple oxidize on cutting it into four places with a metallic cutter before I wrapped one part of it with a sufficient amount of the blue wrap while making sure I hadn’t wrapped any other food with the wrapper to avoid any unanticipated reactions from taking place with the apple. I placed the second part in a plastic container and sealed it up with a shrink wrap. The third part of the apple was placed in clean plastic storage vessel and all three sections were placed in the refrigerator for five days. The fourth section was left to stand on a counter.
At the end of five days, the apple stored in a plastic container without any wrapping was the least oxidized and looked better than all four whereas the apple left on the shelf was almost oxidized. I decided to extend it to ten days but I had to stop at seven because the one on the counter was already decaying. The one in the organic wrap was very dry and had been oxidized more than the one stored in the plastic container. The apple in the shrink-wrapped plastic was surrounded with moisture and was also oxidized.
My little test here shows that although this organic wrap may allow gaseous exchange between your food and the surrounding, it is capable of preserving your food for a considerably long time.
Here’s my advice for new users of organic food wraps:
- You need to visit the web page as directed on the manual that comes with your wraps or see the video on unpacking and using the wraps. This is so that you can fully understand how you can activate each of the wraps and use them properly.
- Follow every washing and cleaning instruction as stated by the manufacturer so you don’t end up washing out all the important features of the wraps when you do it wrongly.
- Never store your organic wraps wet if you don’t want microorganisms growing on them and render them unusable except if you’re as lucky as me – they might just grow on the wax and not the main material.
Well, Yan and I are impressed with this wrap and relieved that we no longer have to put up with LDPE and PVC shrink wraps that aren’t nearly as effective. And we also feel quite good helping mother earth free up from non-biodegradable materials!
A little research: Some food wraps that have come and left the market for a while now:
About 30 years ago, saran wrap was the deal because the plasticizers and phthalates in the PVC used for its production helped it stretch and stick without reinforcements. Phthalate is obviously toxic as it leads to hormonal disorders and was prohibited in the U.S. in 2006. Not like things got better because the next type of wrap that was trending was made with LPDE which is also linked to hormonal imbalances, cancerous growth in the breast and reduced sperm production in men largely due to its DEHA – diethylhexy adipate content. Little wonder they barely hold together.
When you consider all the hazards associated with using inorganic food wraps, you’ll discover that you’ll not only be doing our planet a favor but you’ll also be saving yourself some health troubles in the long run when you use organic food wraps.
Cons / Negatives:
The only thing we can think to write here is that they are not particularly cheap, and from what we can see there is nothing else the same out there to undercut. However we feel that the amount of time they last and the benefits for a plastic free world still make them high value, if not a genuine bargain considering the savings on food and benefits to our environment in the long term.
So, in conclusion, a big green thumbs up to etee Organic Foodwraps!
Here’s some real testimonial reviews that we found;