The reusable alternative to clingfilm

Our Story so far...

BeeBee Wraps 2019 range

Hello there, 

I want to tell you our story, from our humble kitchen table beginnings creating a plastic alternative to where we're going next.

Our ethos is to make planet-friendly alternatives to every day products. BeeBee Wraps is our first!

But not just that, a light bulb moment helped me realise what I wanted was beautiful products that worked amazingly well too. I didn't want to compromise. 

Team BeeBee

So I changed our approach, set our core values (The 3 B's of BeeBee) and let design lead the way.

BeeBee Wraps is such an exciting roller coaster ride for me and, along with Team BeeBee, our mission to reduce single use plastic pollution is right on track. 



P.S. I'm the one in the straw hat

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Baby feet BeeBee Wraps beginnings

Pitter Patter of Tiny Feet

In 2016 I became a mum again, and, like every mum, I wanted the world to be better than it is. I had time to think whilst under a feeding baby, not much time to do anything else but, in the milky moment, the ideas flowed.  

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Bread wrapped in a beebee wrap

Mouldy Bread Stinks

I was baking sourdough bread and storing it in plastic bags. Being airtight, my bread would warm up, create condensation and turn mouldy quickly. I wondered what else might be used in its place. That's when my friend Karen suggested beeswax wraps. After lots of Googling, I set about making some.

 


The first ever beebee wrapThe First BeeBee

Tearing up sheets and using local beeswax I made a simple version. The results were good but not perfect. I spent months testing out new formulations with different oils and rosins. I settled on our secret formula and, to test the market, I opened a shop on Etsy in April 2017!

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Bebe joins BeeBee

Bebe joins BeeBee

The response was huge so I launched BeeBeeWraps.com, quit my (beloved) job and started my business. By Autumn 2017 I knew I needed some more help. In fact, the first person to work for BeeBee Wraps was called Bebe! 

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The guardian cites BeeBee Wraps as a great plastic alternative

The Guardian Goes Big!

Christmas 2017 was awesome but I wondered how much work there would be in January. Little did I know the Guardian were about to cite BeeBee Wraps as a great alternative to clingfilm! We took hundreds of orders and drafted in friends to help. We worked day and night, fuelled by a great soundtrack and lots of coffee. An amazing start to 2018.

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BeeBee Wraps turn 1 year old.

BeeBee is 1!

Along with new employee Luana, my partner David, who had also joined the team, and best friend Suzie, we hosted a birthday party for everyone who had supported us in the first year! The prosecco flowed!

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BBHQ is open

BBHQ is Open

With the cash injection from the rush of orders, in May 2018, we were able to move into commerical premises affectionately known as BBHQ. Painting it (yellow of course) and kitting it out ourselves, bootstrapping where we could.

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Bertha Waxing Machine

Bertha on Board

With loan finance from Foundation East we worked with a consulting firm to build Bertha, our amazing waxing equipment. She's a hard worker and a stickler for quality! We still make our wraps by hand but Bertha lends us a massive hand. (Her affectionate name harks back to the 80s stop motion animation series of the same name)

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Cara Delevigne designs BeeBee Wraps Sky Ocean Rescue

Cara Delevingne's wrap

Sky Ocean Rescue launched a bespoke range of plastic-free products designed by a star-studded line up of celebs. We were privileged to make Cara's wrap plus Fearne Cotton's, Sienna Miller's and Kate Moss's.

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New BeeBee Wraps, new packaging

New Wraps, New Packs

My Light Bulb moment changed everything. I decided to be led by design, to create BeeBee Wraps that make us happy whilst holding onto our core values of having a positive environmental impact. To do this right we needed to redesign our packaging and prints to be as beautiful as they are functional. These are the results!

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BeeBee Wraps new stockists Abel & Cole Milk & More Aga Cookshop Booths ProCook

Available at all good outlets...

We welcomed household names Abel & Cole and Milk & More among others into our family of stockists which broadened our reach even further. The plastic free alternative to clingfilm now available delivered to doorsteps nationwide!

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Kath Austin of BeeBee Wraps

Facing the Dragons

On 8 September, Kath pitched to the Dragons on Dragons' Den which is the sort of exposure you just can't buy. Utterly terrifying, but a massively positive experience! 

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What's Next? 

Thanks to the amazing response to BeeBee Wraps we are able to move to BBHQ 2 which is twice the size.

With that move is the chance to grow the brilliant Team BeeBee who are the real magic makers, without them I'd still be in my kitchen!

In Spring, we will be launching our plant-based wrap with brand news designs.

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Team BeeBee BeeBee Wraps
Front: David. Back: George, Kath, Luana, Rebecca, Teo, Danica, Nadia, Ellie, Jordy, Oli. Hanging off the right: Rachel.
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