Green Friday

Conscious Consumerism: Why it Matters

As Black Friday beckons, you may be looking forward to shopping online for splash prices on items you may have had an eye on for a while. Ever since Black Friday has become a thing here in Ireland, we've seen customers fighting over discounted goods in limited quantities. 

Why we're not taking part in Black Friday?

In our eyes, it's not a good look and, we believe that  Black Friday promotes over-consumption of products and unnecessary panic shopping.

As well as this, (well for us in our position), Black Friday is almost impossible for small independent retailers and artisan brands to partake in, considering our business size in comparison to the large multinational companies!

Not only does Black Friday contribute to bad shopping habits, it only adds junk to the household, with many of the purchases leading to be unwanted and thrown out, which just adds more pollution to the environment.

Green Friday

So this year we will be taking a stand on this and getting involved in Green Friday. Green Friday challenges customers to quit the rush to the shops and choose to look elsewhere at smaller sustainable brands, or maybe not shop at all! We believe it's time to practice conscious consumerism. Think before you purchase and ask yourself - "Will I really use this? or "Will the person I'm buying this gift for really appreciate it?"

To conclude the above, there are plenty of ways to be more conscious. 

1)Shop local

2) Support more independent stores

3) Visit local markets

4) Pay attention to packaging

5) Resist the impulse buy! 

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Difference between beeswax and paraffin candles

Difference between beeswax and paraffin candles

What is beeswax?

Beeswax is a renewable, all-natural wax made by honeybees. Because of its non-toxic qualities, it is ideal for use as a bright, clean-burning fuel source in candles. Beeswax candles burn cleanly and produce very little soot when lit properly. To burn properly they need to be kept away from drafts and the wick needs to be trimmed after each burn.


What is paraffin?

A non-renewable wax produced as a by-product of crude oil, coal, or oil shale is called paraffin wax. To make paraffin into a product that can be used, it is chemically processed and finely refined. It is not a fuel source that burns cleanly or brightly.

5 reasons why beeswax candles are better than paraffin 

  1. Beeswax candles are natural and non-toxic, while paraffin candles are made from petroleum and release harmful chemicals into the air when burned.

  2. Beeswax candles burn longer and cleaner than paraffin candles, as they produce less soot and smoke.

  3. Beeswax candles have a natural sweet scent, while paraffin candles often contain synthetic fragrances that can be irritating to some people.

  4. Beeswax candles have a beautiful, warm glow that can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

  5. By choosing beeswax candles, you are supporting beekeeping and the important role that bees play in pollinating our crops and ecosystem.

In summary, burning paraffin candles excessively can release soot and chemicals into the air, which can accumulate on walls and ceilings, causing discoloration and potentially damaging the paint or wallpaper. In addition, the chemicals released can negatively affect indoor air quality and can be harmful to breathe in, especially for those with respiratory conditions. Ultimately, it's best to limit the use of paraffin candles and opt for natural alternative like beeswax or sustainably sourced soy candles.

Millbee’s vision is to produce fair and ethically sourced products that is both healthy for the customer and the environment combined to keep a sustainable world and ecosystem.

For further information on products check out Millbee's beeswax candles.

beeswax wraps uses

Alternative ways to use beeswax food wraps

Beeswax food wraps have become an increasingly popular alternative to plastic wraps for storing food. Made from cotton fabric coated with beeswax, they are reusable and biodegradable, making them an eco-friendly option. However, beeswax wraps can be used for many uses. In this blog, we will explore some alternative ways to use beeswax food wraps.

 1. Wrap pastry in clingfilm 

How many times do we see in a recipe that says to wrap up pastry in clingfilm and chill? Well, it doesn't need to be this way. Beeswax wraps can do the same job. Just wrap tightly so there's no air. You can even use them in the freezer. If using in the freezer, just allow to come to room temperature before unfolding. 

Chill dough clingfilm

2. Make a popcorn snack cone

Turn a beeswax wrap into a cone by grabbing a corner and folding into cone shape. You can fold down at the top to secure. These cones are handy for many other snacks such as pretzels or crisps! The beeswax wrap cones give a fun snacking experience for kids and they are reusable too! 

Popcorn recipe

3. Make a pouch for snacks.

Beeswax wraps can be turned into pouches for snacks like nuts and dried fruit. Simply fold the wrap in half and then fold the sides in to create a pouch. Fill the pouch with your favorite snacks and then fold the top down to seal.

homemade snacks

4. Use when proving dough.

Use to cover bowl of dough when proofing. You can also use to keep bread wrapped up and fresh once cooled!

proving dough clingfilm

5. Missing a jar lid

Missing a jar lid? Why not use a small beeswax wrap to seal a reused jar. You could also use wraps as a grip for opening stuck lids.

missing jar lid hack

6. Wrap homemade food gifts.

Beeswax wraps can also be used as gift wraps. Instead of a bottle of wine or chocolates why not make some homemade bread or scones as a gift when visiting family of friends. Simply wrap the gift in the wrap and then tie it with a ribbon or string. The wrap can be reused by the recipient as a food wrap or for one of the other alternative uses listed above.

homemade wrapped food gift 

In conclusion, beeswax food wraps are versatile and can be used for more than just wrapping food. They are a sustainable alternative to plastic wrap and can be reused multiple times. Try out some of these alternative uses for beeswax wraps and reduce your reliance on single use plastics. If you would like to give Millbee's beeswax wraps a try here's a 10% discount to help you along on your plastic free journey - BEE10