Mum cre­ates beeswax wraps

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MERANIA KARAURIA

Ka­t­rina Pereka has given plas­tic the flick from her home and says if you’re go­ing to make a change it has to be af­ford­able.

With more re­search, the stay-at-home mum of seven chil­dren rid­ing the wave of en­vi­ro­men­tal­ism weighed up the health and bud­get costs for fam­i­lies.

“Plas­tic is toxic and wrap­ping food in it is not good for food and our kids’ health.”

Ka­t­rina then thought how she could make the change for her fam­ily which soon ex­tended to of­fer­ing the same ben­e­fits to other fam­i­lies.

The Ki­wiBee wraps were cre­ated. This Manawatu¯ mum, artist and en­trepreneur launched her 100 per cent cot­ton beeswax wraps that come in six sizes.

Daugh­ter Destiny paints the beeswax on to the wraps which are in­fused with co­conut oil.

Ka­t­rina demon­strated how the co­conut oil in­fused-wrap melts from the warmth of your hands and moulds around the bowl.

She then tipped the bowl up­side down and showed how se­cure the wrap was and pre­vented spills.

There are smaller wraps for cups or glasses, and larger wraps for big­ger con­tain­ers. Each of the wraps has Ki­wiana de­signs of tui in po¯ hutukawa trees, the quin­tes­sen­tial 50s hol­i­day car­a­van, and for the kids’ lunch wraps the de­signs are the Min­ions, Su­per­man, Su­per­woman and uni­corns.

“The kids’ wraps are for lunches and should last for a few months. To clean I dip them in cold soapy wa­ter, rinse and wipe.”

And the wraps can be com­posted at the end of its life which can be sev­eral months. Ka­t­rina then looked at mi­crofi­bre cloths which she says holds bac­te­ria and the lit­tle fi­bres wash into our wa­ter­ways.

So she hand­knits 100 per cent cot­ton dish­cloths which have found favour with women who knit­ted them in pre­vi­ous years.

Her war on plas­tic con­tin­ues with fruit and veg­etable bags to re­place the sin­gle-use plas­tic bags and com­postable corn­starch bags for her wraps and dish­cloths.

All of this, Ka­t­rina says, comes from her pas­sion of the lost art of the stay-ath­ome mum.

■ Ki­wiBee can be bought fromwww.ki­wibee.net

Ka­t­rina Pereka with her Ki­wiBee wraps.

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