Sweet Bee Food Wraps: An Idea Born by Chance, a Mission found through Purpose
Grace Lawson spoke to Kara Petraroira in St.Catharines, Ontario about her environmental friendly food wrapping business.
St. Catharines, ON, Canada – When Kara Petraroira was standing in her kitchen, just as she had countless times before, she found herself putting her children’s fresh, healthy, and homemade snacks into plastic baggies for school. However, that September morning was different for Kara, which ultimately changed her life as she knows it today. She finally grew tired of throwing away endless amounts of plastic daily and decided that there had to be a more sustainable and healthier alternative. On doing some research and discovering the combination of bee’s wax, pine resin, and jojoba oil, the idea for Sweet Bee Food Wraps was born.
With an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Brock University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Chemistry from The University of Guelph, Kara found herself in the perfect position to home-make food wraps. These wraps were reusable, washable, and compostable. With this discovery, she realized that she would be able to make a difference not only to her family but also to the planet. Her ultimate goal with Sweet Bee Food Wraps was to grow her business and at the same time promote a zero-waste lifestyle.
Today, Sweet Bee Food Wraps are sold online and across 20 different stores over Ontario and Alberta. Kara never would have imagined the rapid growth or popularity of her food wraps.
While her company has grown tremendously in few months, she goes on to add that it has not been easy being an entrepreneur when you are a wife to a working husband a mother to two young boys. While wearing all these hats proved to be challenging, she received a ton of support from her entire family.
Other young women and entrepreneurs can learn a lot from Kara and her successful and ever-evolving journey with Sweet Bee Food Wraps. Kara affirms that there will always be challenges that will make you question whether or not you want to continue your entrepreneurial journey and there will be times when you’ll wonder whether you have chosen the right path. It is definitely not a 9-5 job. Make sure your passionate and the rest will fall into place.
For more information on Kara’s journey, Sweet Bee Food Wraps, or to get behind the mission of living a more sustainable or zero-waste lifestyle, visit Sweet Bee Food Wraps’ website: https://www.sweetbeewraps.com
As told to Grace Lawson, Features Writer for The Onside Media, Canada, For comments get in touch [email protected]