Beeswax: the smart new solution for zero-waste packaging

2021-04-30
Beeswax: the smart new solution for zero-waste packaging

The main purpose of food is for eating, right? But what if there were more things we could do with food products? For example, turning them into product packaging – an idea that has become a growing trend among innovators in the food industry. Packaging can now be made from fish bones, coffee grounds – and even 100% pure beeswax. It’s like the perfect circle of food recycling– food products that are packed in zero waste packaging made from… organic food products! So how does it work?

Straight from the beehive

Innovators in the food industry are looking at new and different ways to food items, inspired by trends in sustainability and waste management. That’s how a honey pot, designed by Lithuanian designer Aurimas Kadzevičius, came to life. This honey pot is organic, renewable, edible, biodegradable, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial – and, most importantly, recyclable.

The inspiration behind Bee Loop lies in the many stories Aurimas heard from his father. Most of these were, indeed, about beekeeping. As a concept, the honey pot embodies the idea of the organic cycle of nature: bees build honeycomb out of wax, which is where they store their honey. The honey is later harvested by the beekeeper, who stores it in a natural honey pot made from beeswax – which can then be reused to make future honeycombs. According to Aurimas Kadzevičius, wax feels like a very fitting container for honey – as if it’s back in its natural home. This zero-waste honey pot embodies the cycle between people and bees, and has won various design accolades, including the Adobe Sustainable Design of the Year Award.

Food-derived packaging solutions – a growing trend

The idea of making packaging out of food products stems from the philosophy of zero waste.

Following the principles of sustainability, the honey pot is made from 100% natural wax, with no extra ingredients included. The pot is also label-free; the brand logo is embossed on the pot itself using a hot stamp. The only additional material used in Bee Loop is organic linen, which serves as a string to open the honey pot. This is how Bee Loop combines the philosophy of nature and beekeeping traditions, with smart design and zero waste principles. The honey pot comes in three different shades – yellow, green and red –the colours of Lithuania’s national flag, a reference to the designer’s Lithuanian roots. The organic honey pot is not the only zero-waste solution Aurimas Kadzevičius has created. He has previously created an edible label for beer – a sustainable solution that serves as both a label and a snack.

But packaging and labels are not the only innovative solutions making creative use of food products. Ekofrisa, a producer of buckwheat based in Lithuania, has developed a range of organic household products – pillows or mattresses stuffed with buckwheat hulls left over when the grain is processed. Not only is this solution organic, but also perfect for a hot summer’s day, because buckwheat hulls have a great cooling effect – the material doesn’t accumulate the warmth of a human body. It’s a smart solution that not only manages manufacturing waste, but also creates additional value and comfort for consumers.

Photos by Kernius Pauliukonis and Marius Linauskas

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