Thursday, January 8, 2009

Abeego on the go

Today I learned about a remarkable natural snack & food wrap called Abeego that you can use to transport sandwiches, nuts, or anything your foodie heart desires. These stylish wraps keep food fresh and are made from hemp/cotton fabric infused with beeswax and natural plant oils and are easy to clean: simply rinse it in cold water and let it air dry. They make a fantastic (and funky) alternative to using plastic bags, and are made right here in B.C.! An innovative Vancouver Island woman manufactures the wraps and sells them at the Moss Street Market in Victoria as well as online at Etsy.

It's unfortunate that it's so difficult to find much information on Abeego online, but I did stumble across a plucky Vancouver Island blogger--TrampledbyGeese--who visited the woman's stall at the Moss St Market; TrampledbyGeese posted an entry with photos, instructing the reader on how to get the best use out of their Abeego. My only skepticism is how the cloth will fare in hot weather--will the wax melt and get on the food or do the plant oils help keep it bound to the fabric? Even so, beeswax is non-toxic--it's found in many lotions and lip balms--and I'd rather eat beeswax than ingest Bisphenol A, an organic compound that may leech into food or liquid from plastics and cause health problems. Despite the Canadian government's reassurance that it doesn't pose a health risk to the general public, I don't believe enough long term research has been conducted.

Since beeswax served as humankind's first plastic, I think I'll have to purchase an Abeego wrap and test it out for myself. If it works, it will not only reduce my risk of ingesting potentially harmful chemicals, but will also save a lot of plastic and paper from cluttering up our already overflowing landfills.

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