Say goodbye to cling wrap and Bee Fresh instead!

1234874_10152232027406788_788703874_nSo I have some amazing friends who have just created a product called Bee Fresh. Adorable right? Damn straight…look at those cute patterns and little Bee stamp. So what is it? Have you ever been wrapping something up with cling wrap and thought ” Errrggh I wish this wasn’t nasty plastic or disposable”…I have, but that is where the thought stopped. My friends Kyla and Gareth found a solution, then decided to share it with the world. 100% Cotton wraps dipped in Bee’s wax! They mould over plates and food with the warmth of your hands. When you’ve gobbled up the delicious treat within simply wash in soapy water, VOILA, ready to wrap again. If the wraps get a bit crinkly from oodles of use you can pop them in the oven for 10 seconds, they come out good as new.

What do you all think? Would you use them?

Bee Fresh are handmade in Brisvegas, currently available at the West End Markets in Brisbane (you have to be early though because they have sold out three weeks running). You can also find them on Facebook @ Bee Fresh. They cost $25 for a kitchen pack with 4 sheets of varying size.

Ima Imesine: We need Jumpers to fill a hole!!

All about picking up the shovel

Yes that is right we need jumpers to fill a hole, CHILDREN’S jumpers to be exact…do you have any?

In 2009 I completed a volunteer program through Youth Challenge Australia. It lead me to a tiny village of just 175 people in the heart of Tanna Island Vanuatu, that town was Ima Imesine.

To say the journey changed me is pretty cliche but it did… and in ways I can not entirely explain. The village took us in like family despite language barriers, cultural misfits, completely different belief systems. Our departure was a three day ritual farewell that brought hours of tears and a sense of grief I had never seen expressed. We witnessed the beauty and hardship of the simply life, now when I start harping on about how much our society has lost by leaving our villages I  have a clear picture of the reality of that life, both the good and the bad.

Yes they are as cheeky as they look

My heart still aches when I think of all the faces I grew to know, because even though there was fulfilment in giving my time to help others I left Ima Imesine with a greater understanding of the magnitude of problems facing third world communities. It has remained in my consciousness like a black hole, I am still not entirely sure how to fill.

It is a hole that I believe we all feel, the sense of a problem so big you’re not quite sure where to start in solving it. But the fact is this black hole will be filled gradually by the simple act of each one of us picking up a shovel and adding a bit of dirt (which coincidently is the action that filled most of our days in Ima Imesine).

Mothers and babes at our welcoming ceremony
Mothers and babes at our welcoming ceremony

I met a dear friend on my trip, a fellow volunteer named Joey. If you’re looking for a big heart you will find one in her. Joey knows about the hole and yeah it scares her too but that fear doesn’t stop her. She has continued to keep Ima Imesine in her thoughts and this summer is collecting childrens jumpers to send our village for the cold winter (yes it does get cold in Vanuatu!!). SO we need kids jumpers people!! This is a shout out to all our buddies in the South East Queensland, got any second hand jumpers that need a loving home? All childrens sizes would be great! If you have them then message me on Facebook and I will arrange getting them to the right place. COME ON HELP FILL THE HOLE!!!

On a side note if any one is going to Vanuatu early next year and fancies carrying an extra bag let us know. Getting larger posted packages through customs is an expensive and sometimes corrupt process. So a jumper mule would be fantastic!