Toni Desrosiers is the founder of Abeego and inventor of beeswax food wrap.
In 2008, I was working as a nutritionist and started to question why we were wrapping our fresh living food in airtight plastic wrap. There’s no such thing as an airtight and transparent peel in nature. Instead, you’ll find lemon peels, cheese rinds, and onion skin, all of which are breathable and opaque. This is when I set out to invent the future of food wrap. Abeego mimics these intrinsic qualities of natural skins, peels, and rinds and keeps food fresher for longer than ever imagined.
Thirteen years later, beeswax food wrap is popping up across the globe! I knew my invention was going to change the world, so it’s incredible to watch it lead the way as a global trend and movement; helping kitchens around the globe reduce food waste every day.
It’s been a wild journey, and I find solace and creative freedom in my garden. I never listen to anything while I garden. I let my mind wander while I silently work with my hands. Some of my most developed ideas come out of my vegetable patch.
It’s my front yard garden that has provided even more than nutritious food and alone time. It stops those passing by and supplies food for conversation and connection. There’s nothing quite like picking a fresh cucumber and handing it to your neighbor as they stroll along, offering an opportunity to pause the hustle of our minds and let us appreciate the simplicity of food and community.
It’s moments like this that contribute to my mission to Keep Food Alive and hold space for those hungry to rekindle food wisdom inherent to humankind. For me, Keep Food Alive is about every moment you’re connected to food in a lively, present, or conscious manner. It’s a holistic approach to eating that encompasses positive shared experiences around food that nourish our spirit. It’s about the stories that reconnect us to each other and our natural world.
I am driven by the desire to capture these stories to preserve and expand what it means to Keep Food Alive.
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