WHAT DOES “KHALA” MEAN?
Khala ཁ་ལག། means “food” in Tibetan. Why did we choose this name? Because Khala Cloths co-founder, Tamar McKee, has spent many years working in Tibetan communities and wanted to pay homage to the many meals and companionship generously shared with her.
DID WE INVENT BEESWAX WRAPS?
We wish we could take credit... But truthfully no one living can. Historically, beeswax was used for preserving by the Egyptians. Then in the 1900's beeswax infused cloth was used for food storage over jar and containers. We have taken this concept and given it a modern twist.
HOW LONG WILL A KHALA CLOTH LAST?
Depends on the care received. These beeswax wraps can last up to a year as a wrap for food, but can have many other uses in their second life, too:
- Cut into strips, Khala Cloths make great fire starters for camping.
- Repurpose them as a campsite/ picnic placemat.
- Use them to help open jar lids.
At the end of its productive life, Khala Cloths can be reborn as part of your compost since they are biodegradable. As we like to say, from Mother Earth, back to Mother Earth.
WHAT ARE THEY MADE OF?
Khala Cloths beeswax wraps are made from all organic and natural ingredients. We use certified organic cotton-hemp blend fabric infused with an organic beeswax- coconut oil blend with natural tree resin. Khala Cloths are hand-crafted, so each cloth is subtly unique.
ARE KHALA CLOTH BEESWAX WRAPS ANTIBACTERIAL?
Beeswax and coconut oil, two of the main ingredients, are both naturally antibacterial.
WHY ARE KHALA CLOTHs NOT WHITE?
Very simple. We refuse to use bleached fabric or whitened beeswax. Yes, if we wanted to industrially process both the wax and fabric we could make it "white". But honestly we do this for Mother Earth and the simple method has less environmental impact.
DO KHALA CLOTHS SMELL?
Yes, like beeswax. Since we use naturally filtered organic beeswax, our wraps will have an odor. The nectar collected by the bees can create slightly different sweet smells (which we love).
WHY KHALA CLOTHS AND NOT PLASTIC?
“It [plastic] turns out not just to have floated across the oceans, but has sunk to the deepest parts of the sea floor. This is not a sign that our planet is in a healthy condition…” –Jan Zalasiewicz PhD, Leicester University
Contrary to the alternative (plastic), Khala Cloths beeswax wraps are made with organic and natural materials and are biodegradable. You won’t find them at the bottom of the ocean but at the bottom of a compost pile, returning to the earth.
What is your packaging made of?
For our "topper" we use post-consumer paper materials. That's right - biodegradable eco-paper that is made without trees being harmed! Additionally, you have the option to add a wild flower seed "topper" when ordering and shipping within North America. This is an especially nice option when gifting a Khala Cloth. When the seed paper is planted, the seeds grow and the paper composts away. All that is left behind is flowers!
What flowers, you ask?
- Bird's Eye
- Black Eyed Susan
- Sweet Alyssum
- English Daisy
- Snap Dragon
This is a little extra, but do it for the bees.
All in all, once you've opened your Khala Cloth beeswax wrap package, the waxed paper bag is compostable and the topper paper is either plantable or definitely recyclable/compostable.
What are you shipping costs and REFUND policies?
For our North American orders we have flat rate shipping of $5.00. Once placed, these orders are normally shipped within 2-3 business days. Average delivery time is approximately 1 week. If you need it faster and with tracking, we are happy to ship via UPS for additional cost.
Our international orders have a standard shipping of $15.00. We cannot provide tracking on these packages if they are delivered via postal mail, but can if they are ordered via UPS for additional cost. Additionally, we are not held responsible for lost items or those held by customs. With this being said, we haven't had any difficulties - but hey, we have to be realistic about the power of international borders.
A common question we also receive is about refunds. Unfortunately, since this is a food storage product we can not accept refunds once the product is opened from its packaging. But please contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts on the matter!