LilyBee Wraps - Eco-Friendly, Reusable Bees Wax Wraps

LilyBee Wrap

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New Zealand

Made In

New Zealand

Values

  • Circularity Circularity
  • Fair Fair
  • Gender Equality Gender Equality
  • Give Back Give Back
  • Made Locally Made Locally

Haven’t you heard? Cling wrap is out. LilyBee Wrap reusable beeswax wraps are in.

Born “from a desire to create an easy, eco-friendly food wrap option that worked well without sacrificing beauty,” New Zealand-based brand LilyBee Wrap is providing conscious consumers with plastic-free food wraps as an alternative to single use conventional plastic wraps. 

Once solely a little pot in a tiny kitchen, LilyBee Wrap has grown into a thriving woman owned and operated eco business with 15 employees and large scale operation. As a certified B Corporation, the team at LilyBee Wrap has a completely clear supply chain, and they hold ethics and sustainability at the core of their operations.

The beeswax wraps are hand-crafted in New Zealand with the highest quality ingredients, locally and sustainably sourced beeswax, organic coconut oil and tree resin, and although some of the eco products are not made in New Zealand such as the cloth produce bags, these too are made with high quality materials. The wraps (which we have tried, tested, and totally fallen in love with) are suitable to wrap everything from sandwiches, half avos and tuna cans, and will massively reduce your own personal environmental footprint. 

Now, let’s talk about ethics. LilyBee Wrap is a Living Wage Accredited employer, which essentially means that their whole team is paid a living wage. What’s more is this company not only ensures that community remains at the heart of the business, but also allows for a flexible working schedule for the mothers amongst them. Now that’s some gooood business.

The LilyBee Wrap team has literally thought of everything. With any leftover offcuts, the LilyBee natural fire starters are made, which further shows LilyBee Wraps’ commitment to environmental responsibility. As for the packaging, all of it is PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified, and both their fabric and printing is GOTS certified as well. 

Oh, and just in case you reached your “couldn’t love them any more” quota, LilyBee regularly gives back when they can, uses Tree Time app to plant trees and track their carbon offsetting, and lends on Kiva, a micro-loaning app with intention. 

A word on progress and impact: so far, LilyBee Wrap has saved 55 million metres of single use plastic from entering our precious environment (!!!), and they also have an education programme in a few New Zealand schools that is designed to inspire and educate the next generation. Is there anything this epic company can’t do? We don’t think so.

If you hate plastic just as much as we do, and you’ve been on the hunt for some plastic-free alternatives, look no further than LilyBee Wrap. Trust us on this one.

Want to know where LilyBee Wrap sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.

Behind the Brand

“People not knowing who they are and why they are doing things. It’s so easy to get lost and try to do everything at once. If you are not clear on who you are and your purpose it’s easy to get bogged down and uninspired”.

Stacia

We spoke with the founder of New Zealand-based brand LilyBee Wrap's, Stacia.

What made you start LilyBee Wrap?

I was taking a break from teaching yoga. While travelling around beautiful NZ the plastic I came across felt so incongruent with the beauty. I started wondering what we did before plastic. It’s something that has been around for a relatively short amount of time but causing massive problems. Not long after I became pregnant and that kind of changes the way you look at the future and the legacy we leave for our children. It felt more important than ever to give an easy alternative to using plastic.

Do you have a morning routine? If so what is it you do to set yourself up for the day ahead?

I try to go to bed early enough to wake up without an alarm. My son usually gets up at the same time so even if I sleep longer he usually makes sure I am up. I let the dog out and stand with him for about 5-10 minutes with the sun. It’s an amazing way to set your biorhythms for the day and I have found it to be a huge natural mood enhancement. Then I usually come in and start the porridge. While that is cooking I have a 20-30 minute yoga routine I do. Breakfast, shower and we are out of the door for the day.

What’s the biggest barrier you’ve found to succeeding as a socially conscious business?

People not knowing who they are and why they are doing things. It’s so easy to get lost and try to do everything at once. If you are not clear on who you are and your purpose it’s easy to get bogged down and uninspired.

Within the ethical fashion community, there’s a big question that we ask which is ‘who made my clothes?’. In the scope of LilyBee Wrap, who made the things you sell? Can you tell us a bit about them?

We make the things we sell. They are all handmade in Hawke’s Bay, NZ and we are living wage certified. Mostly Mom’s are in our production team as well as leadership roles.

Why did you pick the fabrics / ingredients you have chosen to work with?

We use GOTS certified organic cotton and NZ beeswax. Both in line with our standards of quality and the beeswax is special because it’s from here.

Best piece of advice you have ever received?

Know why you are doing something and ask ‘why’ five times to get to the heart of something.

What’s next for you and LilyBee Wrap?

To keep doing what we love and to connect with more people and become part of their journey.

One book everyone should read? Why?

Ugh, this is the hardest question on here. Right now I am in a big of learning about how trauma shapes us. Bruce Perry’s books have been life changing and I am finishing “The Body Keeps the Score” They help explain so much of human behaviour. I have found when I understand the motivation of people more I have far more empathy and patience.

Are there any other Movers & Shakers out there in your world that you think people should know about?

If you are not already listening to Esther Perel I highly suggest you get on board!

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