Unable to Mind My Own Beeswax

Recently, Clorox company bought Burt’s Bees.

Oakland, California-based Clorox is trying to “go green,” and I hope they do it. Bleach: can’t think of a more ordinary household substance that gets used often, poured down the drain, and is really toxic for the environment.

So when Clorox bought Burt’s Bees and the line of beeswax-added, earth-friendly beauty and health products, like lip balm and hand lotion, they thought they were well on their way. But it seems consumers have been skeptical.

Still, after Clorox agreed to buy Burt’s Bees last fall, scores of customers called Burt’s Bees and accused the company of selling out. John Replogle, the chief executive of Burt’s Bees, says he personally responded to customers who left their phone numbers.

“Don’t judge Clorox as much by where they’ve been as much as where they intend to go,” Mr. Replogle says he told them.

Now I think it’s great that Clorox wants to go green. I’m actually using their biodegradable cleaning sprays. But I think they need even more consumer input.

Previously, as an experiment in decreasing the amount of plastic we use, I’d mentioned my difficulty in finding unbleached waxed paper. Most waxed papers use paraffin, a petroleum-based wax that you just can’t throw into the worm bin or compost to decompose. I’ve found soy-based waxed papers, but the paper didn’t seem to be unbleached and it was pretty expensive.

I wonder if beeswax can be used, like soy-based wax, to make waxed paper? If so, I have an idea forming. Back after some research.

2 thoughts on “Unable to Mind My Own Beeswax

  1. Pingback: Unable to Mind My Own Beeswax, Part 2 « P i l l o w b o o k

  2. Christi on

    Went on a search for what I thought would be mightily obscure–bees wax paper. Looks like this came up over a year ago here. GREAT IDEA. Any progress with Burt’s Bees since then?

    • Christi,
      I’ve had a few people email Clorox, but so far no word from them on issuing a new product. I know that up until recently, colony collapse disorder was a problem in both domestic and international beeswax production. They seem to have found the bacterial causes for beehives deteriorating; hopefully this can be remedied for the bees’ sake.

      Have you contacted them at all? It doesn’t hurt to make your views known!

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