Making reusable food wraps!

Today part of my homeschooling project was to make more reusable food wraps. These are great because they can replace plastic wrap you put over food as well as ziplock bags!

This is what you will need:

  • cotton material that is thin
  • pinking shears
  • pine resin
  • carnauba wax or beeswax (carnauba wax to make them vegan!)
  • jojoba oil
  • old coffee tin or glass bowl
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • paint brush
  • string and clothes pins
  • wooden stick to stir melted mixture

Here are the amounts we used of each ingredient

  • aprox 0.5 oz of pine resin
  • aprox 1.5 oz of wax
  • aprox 1 tbsp of jojoba oil

Im not sure where the original recipe came from, we made them with friends for the first time a few years back. They are so easy to make, don’t take very long, and the best part is that they are good for the planet. This means less plastic trash ending up in the ocean and inside marine animals stomachs!

To begin buy some material. We bought thin cotton. Wash it, dry it and then decide what shapes and sizes you want your wraps to be. I took a few bowls and containers that we use and traced their shape on the material with chalk. Then I used pinking shears and cut bigger than the size I traced. This is so when you are using them you will have extra material to tuck over the edge of the container and it will stick to the sides.

measuring and cutting the material

After all your material is cut to the size you want, set a pot on the stove with water. Find an old glass or metal tin (we used an old coffee tin) and measure ingredients and put them into the tin to melt. We put the resin in first, and once it is melted then we add the wax and oil.

pine resin
wax
jojoba oil

Once the ingredients are fully melted we turn the oven on to 300 degrees. Then we get a baking sheet with a layer of parchment paper on it and place on piece of cut material on it and begin brushing a layer of the melted mixture onto the material.

The melted mix might dry quickly once you spread it onto the material. Thats ok. Just try to do an even layer. You only have to brush the mix onto one side of the material, it sinks through the fabric! The oven will take care of the rest!

Once the mix is spread onto the fabric, you then put it into your oven for 3 minutes. You will see the mix sinking through the fabric. Take it out after about 3 minutes and you can run the brush on the material to smooth and even it out. Flip it over and run the brush over it again, then put it back in the oven for another minute.

wrap in the oven!

Take it out of the oven and you can hang it up to dry. We just ran a piece of string between two chairs and hung the wrap to dry with clothes pins. It drys in about 5 minutes!

finished wrap hanging to dry

Thats it! You’re done! You have made reusable food wraps, which will keep your food fresh, and help save the planet all at the same time!!

finished reusable food wrap!

To clean your wraps you use cold water and some gentle soap. We use Dr.Bronners castile soap on ours. In about 6-12 months you might need to redcoat the wraps if they lose some of their stickyness. We just save the coffee tin and paint brush and reuse them for next time!

I hope you enjoy making these!!

Love, Ella

Sharkwater Extinction

Today was a really tough day. I have waited for this day for so long, but then it was here and I felt a lot of different feelings. I felt a lot of excitement to see my hero Rob Stewart on the screen, but I also felt a so much sadness. It is the last film I will ever see Rob in. I felt sad and sort of scared. Who is going to be the one to save sharks now? Who is going to be the one to show all of us people who already want to save sharks how to do it?

Watching Sharkwater Extinction with my family made me remember why I want to save sharks and the ocean. It’s because it is worth fighting for. I am fighting for the survival of the humans. Rob was amazing. He cared about people so much that he fought so hard that he lost his life for it. Rob said  “There is simply no issue more important. Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth, and that, above all else, is worth fighting for.” I believe that.

 

Today I got to spend some time with some of my other heroes and role models. I got to hang out with Regi Domingo, who is the founder of Nakawe Project. Regi is just an amazing person. She cares so much about animals and people, and I just love her so much. Julie Andersen is so sweet and kind, and was a huge part of the Sharkwater film. Brock Cahill was Rob’s friend and was a major part of Sharkwater Extinction. I have met Brock before at another event for Rob, and he is really nice and really encouraging to keep following my path.  Andy Cassagrande is super cool. He is really nice and funny, and obviously super brave, (he films sharks all over the world and I am so jealous!) so that was so awesome to get to hang out with him!

I hope that when Sharkwater Extinction comes to theatres on October 5th that everyone will go out and see this film. I promise you that you will cry, but that’s ok, because Rob deserves to be missed. Most of all I hope that everyone who sees Sharkwater Extinction will make big changes and get involved in helping to change the world and save sharks. Support Rob, support sharks, and help save the humans!

 

Like Rob said, Be a hero.

Love Ella

Sea Shepherd Event October 2017

I was invited to speak at an event for Sea Shepherd Toronto in October. This was a very big deal for me because one of my hero’s is Captain Paul Watson. 

Click the here to watch my speech on YouTube.

sharkfin beach

sharkfin beach

Earth Day event in Toronto

Today I went to an event for Earth Day in Toronto. I want to tell a bit about what Earth Day means to me and why it is special.