No more plas­tic lunch wrap

Auckland City Harbour News - - MILESTONES - CA­TRIN OWEN

Three Kiwi mums on a mis­sion to re­duce waste have come up with an al­ter­na­tive to plas­tic wrap.

Honey­wrap was the idea of Grey Lynn mum and co-founder Tara Stra­han, who got to­gether with friends Amy De Muth and Jo Fal­loon one evening over a glass of wine.

‘‘I was show­ing them a beeswax wrap my son had made at school, and we thought it was good re­us­able and in­ves­ti­gated more,’’ Stra­han says.

‘‘We started look­ing at dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents and it kind of took a life of its own.’’

The wrap is made with 100 per cent or­ganic cot­ton, beeswax and other nat­u­ral preser­va­tives. It’s re­us­able for up to a year and then can be thrown in the com­post.

The wraps are hand­made in Grey Lynn by the mums with or­ganic fabric from In­dia.

In the past three years the com­pany has grown, and saved the equiv­a­lent of 2.7 mil­lion me­tres of plas­tic wrap end­ing up in land­fill through the sale of their prod­uct.

Each wrap saves an av­er­age of 75 me­tres of plas­tic go­ing to land­fill or oceans based on school lunches for a year.

‘‘Our aim is to de­velop the brand for more ev­ery­day use and cre­ate a stan­dard wrap and then have Kiwi artists on board for spe­cial fab­rics,’’ Stra­han says.

Honey­wrap ap­proached Kiwi con­tem­po­rary artist Hay­ley King, aka ’Flox’, to cre­ate a lim­ited edi­tion wrap.

Flox’s de­signs fea­ture her sig­na­ture flora and fauna artistry with a unique twist.

‘‘I also wanted to de­sign some­thing that was play­ful look­ing, so when the kids go to grab their food from their school lunch boxes, they’ve got a re­ally colour­ful and in­spired look­ing lunch,’’ she says

King says it’s sat­is­fy­ing not to use plas­tic bags or plas­tic wrap ev­ery day in her kids’ lunch boxes.

Stra­han was ec­static when Flox agreed to work on­side

‘‘Flox’s de­signs are stun­ning, and it has been great to have her on board with Honey­wrap,’’ she says.

We re­ally wanted to col­lab­o­rate with some­one who is as pas­sion­ate about pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment as we are.’’

So far the ladies have sold 35,000 packs of Honey­wrap and are not slow­ing down.

The lim­ited edi­tion wrap can be pur­chased at honey­wrap.co.nz.

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