“Trex” instead of Plastic Wrap

Elementary School

Our class is investigating the effects of plastic. We made an alternative to plastic wrap, which we named “Trex”.  Trex is cotton infused with beeswax. This winter celebration gift was a gorgeous present for our parents, and we hope that it reduces plastic wrap in our world. Trex can be used to wrap around food and keep it fresh or used, instead of plastic wrap, to cover a bowl. You can make some too. Here are our instructions:

  1. Find a piece of 100% cotton material. (Recycle a thin old dishtowel or t-shirt)
  2. Grate beeswax into little pieces.
  3. Lay a sheet of baking paper on a flat surface.
  4. Position the cotton material on the baking paper.
  5. Sprinkle the beeswax pieces all over the material.
  6. Lay another sheet of baking paper on top of the cloth and beeswax.
  7. Iron the beeswax until melted and infused.
  8. Place the cloth in the oven, laying on a sheet of baking paper, for 5 minutes at 100 degrees Celsius.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool.

Enjoy!

Leonard and Nele
Grade 3 Students

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