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Find of the Month: Abeego


As you guys know by this point, I’m a relatively green-minded person. I regularly use (and share with you guys) green finds – whether it’s natural beauty products, cool recycled items, or in the case of May’s Find of the Month, an awesome product that considers end-to-end use AND solves a major eco-friendly household conundrum. Namely, plastic materials like plastic wrap and baggies make up 12% of the average household’s waste. If you’re like me, you’ve probably thought, “There’s got to be a better way to store this stuff.”

Abeego CheeseEnter Abeego, the brainchild of B.C.-based Toni Desrosiers and Colin Johnston who asked that very same question, only in a more intelligent way. Fed up with the amount of plastic waste they were generating, Toni and Colin wondered what people used to preserve their food before the influx of plastic products. The answer? Beeswax.

Abeego CucumberThus, Abeego was born. Now hang on, because the amount of benefits and sheer genius of this product are endless. I’m going to try and break it into small pieces for you. First up, let’s talk about what Abeego is. It’s available in a range of sizes of sheets (that can be formed into pouches), and can basically be used in way that you’d use your plastic wrap (and then some) to store and preserve everything from vegetables to leftovers to fresh herbs to cheese.

Abeego Melon

Abeego products are made from a flexible, bendable type of cotton that can be shaped to virtually anything you need to wrap up, from the end of a delicious loaf of artisan bread to half an avocado or cantaloupe you’ve sliced open for a recipe. The cotton is infused with pure beeswax, certified organic jojoba oil, and organic tree resin. As an aside, Abeego products smell amazing. I can’t put into words – that honey-sweet scent of beeswax, I just want to bury my face into the stuff, never mind what it’s covering up. But beyond that delicious, pleasant, and ultimately neutral smell (don’t worry, your sprigs of thyme won’t suddenly smell like honey when you stuff them in a turkey), there’s a benefit this to this trifecta of ingredients. They’re naturally anti-fungal, antiseptic, and anti-bacterial.

Abeego SaladSo what’s the benefit of being anti-microbial, antiseptic, and anti-fungal you ask? Namely, it allows your food to breathe. And that my friends, is one of the key differences between Abeego and plastic wrap, the latter of which basically locks everything out to create an artificial barrier between your food and the outside world it comes from. Abeego meanwhile, lets your food breathe. That means it can actually last longer, because it’s not stuck recycling the same old tired air that gets trapped under plastic coverings. Amazing right? And particularly beneficial for foods that tend to expire more quickly, like cheese, fresh herbs, or fruits like avocado.

Abeego CarrotsBut wait, there’s more. Let’s circle back to that initial question. Toni and Colin wanted a more eco-friendly alternative to storing their food. So let’s talk about that. Apart from the fact Abeego isn’t made from plastic, which is a byproduct of the oil industry (and can contain BPA), and apart from the fact it’s got natural ingredients, Abeego is also reusable. When you’re done with stashing something, simply give it a quick rinse with water and earth-friendly soap, let it dry, and you’re good to use it again and again. With proper care, Abeego products can last for a year, and when you’re done with them, simply compost them! That’s what I meant by thinking about a product’s total lifecycle. You won’t just be cutting back on how much plastic you use, you’ll be cutting yourself out of trashing any kind of food wrapping altogether. High five!

Abeego Bread DoughThink I’m done? I’m not! Abeego has many other uses than just slapping on top of a bowl of leftovers. It makes an excellent cover for a bowl when you’re trying to get dough to rise, allowing enough warmth and moisture from the air in to help that pizza or bread dough rise like a champ. You can also use it to transport foods when you’re going on a picnic, or if you’re toting a piece of fruit to work (it’ll help keep it from bruising). Abeego also helps lock scents in – wrap a half-sliced onion in a sheet of Abeego and it won’t stink up your fridge. You can even use it to dry your herbs for future use. Amazing right?

Abeego has a pretty awesome video library where you can learn about all kinds of benefits and ways to use Abeego products to keep your food fresher, for longer, in an eco-friendly way. From aging cheese naturally to keeping those avocados bright green (which I know I’ve mentioned like three times already, but that’s a hella amazing feat!), be sure to peruse their videos to learn about even more ways to use this incredible, revolutionary product.

Abeego CreamLet’s wrap things up with a note on cost. Abeego basically comes in four packs, each priced at $18. The bigger the size, the fewer number of sheets you get – two large sheets, three medium, or six small are the breakdowns – although you can also nab a variety package with one of each size, or a single giant sheet for $15. They’re available online, and since they’re a Canadian brand, shipping is pretty reasonable. But word about Abeego is spreading. They’re also available at a ton of retailers across Canada and the U.S.

Abeego PlatterNow if you, like me, are known for being that insider-y type that introduces new products and finds to your friends, then this is an excellent gift idea. It’s the sort of little thing a loved one will adore being introduced to, and the price point makes it accessible for virtually any occasion. With Mother’s Day on the horizon I can’t help but think this would make a lovely gift for any mom that loves the kitchen or is eco-minded. But the uses beyond that are boundless. How about a hostess gift? A thank you present? A houseguest gift? Birthdays, just because, housewarming – you name it. Abeego is an eco chic gift idea anyone in your life will quickly come to love.

Abeego BreadNow Abeego and I appear to be on the same page when we say this is an excellent pick for Mother’s Day this month. We’re giving away three sets of Abeego Flats to three lucky winners. That’s right, you’ll nab three boxes of Abeego products. The idea? Keep one for yourself, gift one to your mom (or daughter), and gift one to another influential mama in your life – maybe a grandparent, a sibling, a fellow parent, you name it. If you’re as excited as I am about trying this awesome product, then read on to learn how you could enter to win one of three sets of three packages of Abeego Flats. Also, don’t forget to check other posts through the month and keep an eye open for bonus entries!

1) First off! You must be a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber to enter this giveaway. Just find the ‘Gift of Gab’ box on the righthand side of this page and either hit ‘Follow’ or enter your email address. Once you’ve done that, check out Abeego’s video library and watch one video of your choice. Leave a comment below telling me which video you watched and why you’d love to win this giveaway. You’ve got till May 31, 2015!

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around June 1, 2015 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry:

Follow Abeego on Twitter and tag them and me (@cdngiftguide) in a Tweet that links back to this giveaway. Link back to your Tweet in a separate comment below.

Follow Abeego on Instagram. Then either share one of the photos on their site to your own Instagram or Regram one of their photos. Link back to your shared image below.

Like Abeego on Facebook. Leave a comment on their wall about why you’d like to try their product. You’re under no obligation to mention the CGG on their Page.

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105 Responses to “Find of the Month: Abeego”
  1. S. Hirano says:

    I watched the “fresh chopped vegetables for lunch” video and I must admit, I need Abeego in my life. I pack all the lunches, everyday, for my family and go through too much plastic. I am curious about the onion video….is it true that the Abeego will not smell like onion after you use it? Hopefully more stores will carry this product soon. I would love to buy some.

    • It is true! Your Abeego will not smell like an onion. Abeego works more like the natural skins the onion naturally comes in. It breathes so your onion doesn’t start to stink. Feel free to test it, we love hearing first hand feedback!
      Toni

  2. Jason Quarrie says:

    I watched the “An Idea Born – Inventing Abeego” video – I was curious how it came about! I’d love to try out this product – seems a brilliant alternative to constant use of plastics.

  3. janicour says:

    I watched a few, but I like the Cheese one. What a great idea and so easy. I find cheese does not keep that well in plastic bags. Always looking for products that are eco friendly.

  4. janicour says:

  5. Sarah Hawley says:

    I watched the “keep salad fresh all week” video. Would love to try this product to see if it actually would replace all my existing food wrap.

  6. Aimee says:

    Let cheese age naturally. This would be a great prize for my sister

  7. Joan G. says:

    I watched Keep Salad Fresh All Week – my current methods don’t work and I have to throw away food that won’t stay fresh.

  8. Lindsey says:

    What a great idea! I watched let cheese age naturally because cheese is too good to waste!

  9. Maria McLachlan says:

    I watched the avocado. I’d love to win for cheese and avocado! Hate cheese going to waste

  10. Linda says:

    I watched the video on how this wonderful product came to be. Love the concept and would love to try it out.

  11. Vicki says:

    Wrap Soft Goat Cheese.. wrapping cheese in plastic just doesn’t work, the cheese doesn’t breath.

  12. mcmc says:

    Keep Salad Fresh All Week is what I watched and it is the one I would love to try out

  13. cookie3 says:

    I watched Keep Cut Fruit Fresh. What a great idea. We all use way to much plastic wrap.Thanks for the opportunity to win this.

  14. kittypride says:

    I watched how to Keep cut Fruit Fresh video. Very good! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P25nqGFrGNg

  15. Susan Patterson says:

    i watched the video – Keeping Salad Fresh All week -this looks amazing after 1 week – thanks for this information!

  16. Lynn Andersen says:

    I watched the bread video. We have an excellent artisan bakery in my city and this would be great the protect the end when cut and keep the outside still crusty.

  17. Karen MacKenzie says:

    I watched 2 videos, the salad one and the sandwich wrap one. Great new product, there is way too much plastic used and thrown away these days.

  18. Valerie Gibson says:

    I watched Keep Salad Fresh All Week. I would love to win because protecting the environment is very important to me .

  19. Cairine says:

    I watched Let Cheese Age Naturally, I would love to keep my cheese as fresh as possible. Don’t like to bite into something mouldy.

  20. Theresa C. says:

    I watched the “An Idea Born | Inventing Abeego” video, and think this is such a great idea/product! I know that years ago my grandmothers used wax paper to wrap sandwiches, etc. Another great Canadian entrepreneurial story! 😉

  21. Anne Derkat says:

    I watched the Smelly Onion video. I’d love to win this product as my husband and I are really big on recycling and I think this is such a great product.

  22. diane says:

    I watched An Idea Born and Keep Salad Fresh, All Week. I’d like to win this so I can try this product out and reduce the use of plastic.

  23. Susan says:

    What a fabulous new product! I would love to win these sets to use and share. I watched Using the Abeego Flats.

  24. Susan says:

    I liked and left a comment on Abeego’s Facebook Page.

  25. Erin McSweeney says:

    i watched Keep Salad Fresh, All Week video…and this product looks amazing I love the thought of using a product that is compostable, and keeps your products fresh

  26. Julia H says:

    I’m already a subscriber. I watched “Let cheese age naturally”, and I want to win because I love the idea of a product that helps both me and the environment – it sounds like it will keep my food tasting better, and keep my food fresher for longer, and it of course way better for our environment. It’s a win win.

  27. Alison K says:

    I’m a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber. I watched “Natural Sandwich Wrap | Abeego It”. I’d love to win this giveaway ‘cos I’m always trying alternative options to plastic & this would be a great opportunity to try something more natural. Thanks for the opportunity.

  28. Alison K says:

    @abeego bonus entry: followed on Twitter & tweeted https://twitter.com/SoulSeeker0/status/594381461379121153

  29. Alison K says:

    https://instagram.com/abeego/ bonus entry: followed & regramed (that’s like ❤ right?) https://instagram.com/p/00MOaUkEEH/ (I'm https://instagram.com/soulseeker00/)

  30. Victoria Ess says:

    I watched the “An Idea Born – Inventing Abeego” video! I’d love to win to try out a plastic-wrap alternative.

  31. mousecat says:

    I’m subscribed.
    I watched “An Idea Born | Inventing Abeego” .
    I’d love to win because once we started recycling and composting I was shocked that most of our other garbage were plastics! This would be such a great alternative

  32. mousecat says:

    @abeego bonus entry: followed on Twitter and tweeted: https://twitter.com/Mousecat12/status/594561696657604608

  33. i like the Fresh Chopped Vegetable for Lunch video. this would be a great product to have

  34. kiraali says:

    I watched Let Cheese Age Naturally | Abeego It. This is the use case scenario that most interests me with this product!

  35. intensev5 says:

    I watched the Smelly Onion, you don’t scare us video. I would love to try this product – it looks great!

  36. Lillea says:

    I watched the Let Cheese Age Naturally video because I eat cheese frequently and have wanted to find something safer and easy to use to wrap it with. I’d like to win so I’ll have this cool product to protect my cheese in style.

    I’ve been a subscriber for a while. I always enjoy the messages!

  37. Cher says:

    I watched them all. I especially liked the ‘Let Cheese Age Naturally; video. I love trying different cheeses and it would be really great to find out if Abeego lives up to its promise to be an effective way to keep cheese fresher longer.

  38. nicolthepickle says:

    I’ve heard of Abeego. It’s ingenious. No more plastic wrap.
    I watched the Let cheese age naturally video.

  39. Rachel C. says:

    I watched the “fresh chopped vegetables for lunch” video.

    I need to win, because I pack my lunch for my boyfriend and I every day!

  40. aly3360 says:

    I watched the natural sandwich wrap video. I’d love to win this because I know i’d get a lot of use out of these and I know exactly who i’d give the other two boxes to. Thanks for the chance!!

  41. aly3360 says:

    following them on twitter and tweeted

  42. Jessica Lord says:

    I watched the cheese one – it was my favorite as I never knew the best way to keep cheese.

  43. Valerie Caldicott says:

    I watched the let cheese age nauturally because I never know what to wrap my cheese in to stay fresh, love to win this to wrap it.

  44. Darlene Boyle says:

    I watched let cheese age naturally hope this works as my cheese seems to spoil if not used quickly after package is opened

  45. Joy D says:

    What a wonderful innovative product. So many applications I can use it in my home – cheese storage for sure.

  46. Joyce P. says:

    I watched Natural Sandwich Wrap-this is a fantastic idea! My husband and son could really use this wrap for lunches to take to work or for family picnics etc… 🙂

  47. Joyce P. says:

    Bonus entry: Liked and posted on Abeego’s Facebook page

  48. Rachael Bhardwaj says:

    i watched Keep Salad Fresh All Week…. I would love to win this because i hate wasting food, and currently i throw out so much!

  49. Kevin says:

    I watched the “Keep Salad Fresh All Week” video. This seems like a very interesting product! 😉

  50. Katie says:

    I watched the video on the natural sandwich wrap. I would love to win this because it would be super helpful for when I bring my lunch to work.

  51. cottagebunny says:

    I watched the “Let the cheese age naturally” video and I am impressed by Abeego,s innovatie new products.I love that it will keep my food fresher and also help the environment! How awesome is that?I would Love xXx to win this because the whole concept is ingenious!!!Thank you

  52. Nadine Allen says:

    I watched Keep cut fruit fresh. What an amazing idea! I would love this! I love that it is eco friendly.

  53. Pam Clark says:

    i WATCHED Keep Avocados Green | Abeego It. Keeping that avocado looking good is the bane of my existence. There are a lot of calories in one of those little suckers, and I am reluctant to eat a whole one at one time, but when I go back to use the second half it is always leaves a little to be desired. Need I say more.

  54. Lisa Morrison says:

    I watched keeping salad fresh for 1 week. I just ordered some for my friend’s birthday.

  55. Alison says:

    I watched Keep Salad Fresh All Week – i hate wasting food I totally want to try this!

  56. aarone mawdsley says:

    i like the cheese

  57. Gwendolyn says:

    I watched the cut fruit video. I’m hoping that the beeswax helps bananas stay yellow for longer.It’s frustrating how brown they get sometimes and I end up putting the bananas in the freezer with good intentions of making bread or muffins with them..

  58. Bella Bernath says:

    Would very much love to win this after watching inventing “Abeego” An idea born

  59. Lorraine Squires says:

    I watched the onion video. I only use a small portion of an onion when I cut one up. I would like something that keeps the smell from penetrating everything else in its path.

  60. Edmond says:

    OMG, I watched Keep Salad Fresh All Week. Learnt how to save food. Wow, prize 3 sets of flats is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. Pick me, pick me!

  61. katydidit21 says:

    I watched the Keep Salad Fresh All Week video. I would love to win this because I hate wasting food and I don’t like plastic. This would solve both of those problems

  62. linnett says:

    Watched Let Cheese age naturally. I wrap my cheese in waxed paper, but this sounds better.

  63. Angela Mitchell says:

    I watched the Keep Cut Fruit Fresh | Abeego It video. I’d love to win this because I’d love to have something that I can use instead if plastic wrap which can’t be recycled and is so wasteful.

  64. dabrowne says:

    Let cheese age naturally makes perfect sense. I would try that for sure because plastic wrap makes cheese slimy and moldy.

  65. lorna says:

    loved the video on cheese. So tired of great cheese going bad. Can’t wait to try this product

  66. Edith Rennes says:

    I watched “Let Cheese Age Naturally”…and I would love love love to win it because I try to live as compatibly as I can with my environment.

  67. Sherry K says:

    I watched the Natural Sandwich Wrap. We take lunches almost every day and I like how easy it is to use and also can see how fresh our sandwiches will stay with Abeego wraps.

  68. I watched Keep Salad Fresh. I’d like to win because I totally love how easy it is to seal in the freshness. Reusable is a huge bonus too! I’d love to try these!

  69. Debra says:

    I watched the videos re avocados (love those), keeping salad fresh, keeping onions fresh and stink free. So many great uses, and recyclable – perfect.

  70. I watched video on how to keep salad fresh. I’d love to try these because I’m notorious for allowing salad to rot. I just can’t eat it fast enough, especially if I buy a bigger bag of leaves. And I like the idea of using it to keep cheese from molding. Plus, the nearest retailer that sells Abeego is a shop called Le Petit Gateau. And you know that can only be good :0

  71. I tweeted

  72. Julie G. says:

    I watched the How to Keep Salad Fresh Video and then watched the video for an easy greek salad recipe. I’d like to win this prize because I hate using plastic wrap and adding it to the garbage.

  73. Annie Demill says:

    I watched the video, “Let Cheese Age Naturally”. What a fantastic product! We eat a lot of cheese and fumble with the plastic wrap or tin foil to keep it fresh which doesn’t really work. This product would be a huge help in keeping the cheese fresh.

  74. Annie Demill says:

  75. Annie Demill says:

  76. I watched the video on letting cheese age naturally. I’d love this because I love cheese but don’t always use it up fast enough. I’m sure this would keep it fresher longer.

  77. Tina L. says:

    I watch Let Cheese Age Naturally. I would love to win this prize so my food would last longer.

  78. Maryanne says:

    Wow! Watched the keep salad fresh all week. This is a great product! I hate plastic wrap and I need this!

  79. Maryanne says:

  80. Maryanne says:

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  81. Lisa Adamko says:

    I watched the “keep salads fresh, all week” video, because this is a big issue in our house! My sister is a vegetarian, and needless to say all she eats is salad! Being able to prep at the beginning of the week would be a huge saver of time and money.

  82. Wanda Bergman says:

    I am a subscriber. I watched the video called Keep Salad Fresh, All Week Abbeego It. I’d love to win this giveaway because Abeego Flats would be so much more eco-friendly than plastic wrap.

  83. aarone mawdsley says:

    this looks awesome

  84. aimee says:

    I watched keep salad fresh, I would love to win this for when we go to the lake

  85. Sylvia says:

    I watched Let Cheese Age Naturally. This product would help keep cheese fresher and last longer.

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