While getting more and more excited about AI, robotics and colonizing Mars, we tend to forget about more tangible solutions, which could be implemented in our own homes and equally help our civilization survive. One option is to prevent food waste at the household level.
Every year, one third of all food produced worldwide (around 1.3 billion tonnes) perishes or is wasted, costing the global economy close to $940 billion. This happens while almost one billion people go undernourished and another one billion go hungry. Households continue to be a major contributor to food waste in the industrialized world.
So, rather than thinking about life on Mars, shouldn’t we also consider changing our “earthly” routines?
Uf.bee is a pioneering Ukrainian company that manufactures beeswax wraps, an eco-friendly alternative to plastic food wrap, commonly used for sealing food items in containers to keep them fresh. Unlike the latter, beeswax wraps are reusable and last for 7-12 months. Moreover, they are biodegradable and can be composted at the end of their life cycle.
The Uf.bee wraps are manufactured by infusing cotton with a mixture of beeswax (harvested locally in Sumy region of Ukraine by beekeepers adhering to ethical beekeeping practices), tree resin and jojoba oil.
Beeswax wraps are more expensive than food plastic wrap but because they are manufactured from high-quality organic materials, and can be used again and again, they make up for their price with their environmental benefits.