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Why You Should Never Throw Away Wax Cheese Wrappers
By Angel Albring
Recycling plastic bottles, reusing bags, and reducing the use of one-off plastics and paper are just some of the basic things we can do to protect the environment. In addition to these basic eco-friendly practices, we should also make a habit of not tossing away our wax cheese paper.
One reason to not throw away your wax cheese paper, like the kind you get with Babybel cheese, is because it's not compostable. According to Fun With Hobbies, it's made from a petroleum derivative and it can take 70-400 years for this type of wax to biodegrade.
This isn’t the only type of wax paper that cheese comes in, and according to Treehugger, wax paper, like what deli-sliced cheese is often wrapped in, can’t be recycled either, and takes years to break down in a landfill. However, with a little bit of creativity, they can actually be really useful.
This type of wax paper can be rubbed on metal to remove limescale spots, lubricate garden tools, loosen zippers, and used in arts and crafts. Recycled wax cheese wrappers can also be reused to keep cheese that didn’t come wrapped in one stay edible for a longer time.