ZERO WASTE KITCHEN
8 easy tips for those, who are willing to transform their kitchen. These changes helped me eliminate the waste in the kitchen.
1.Replace paper towels with cloth towels
It is unbelievable how much paper we use in the kitchen. We used to buy paper towels in big packaging and realized that much you have as much you use. Replace paper towels with cloth napkins. They are washable and reusable. For a start have a couple of them by the hand to make the transition easier.
2. Buy / Use long-long-lasting products
And this go for all the kitchen machines and supplies you use. Get rid of all the items you do not use that much or you do not even use anymore for ex. toaster, ice maker etc…
And invest in products that last longer and you use them very often.
For ex. If you make a smoothies everyday keep it or invest in a good products that would last for ages, avoid cheap items with a short existence. Or if you live to cook and you cook very often, keep or invest in frying pans of a good quality and avoid cheap products that you have to throw away after 3 moths of using.
3.Use reusable grocery bags over plastic ones
To reduce the amount of the plastic bags, start with groceries and replace them with reusable cloth totes or cotton bags. You can also make yourself ones from all clothes, curtains or blankets you don't use anymore. They do not need to look perfect, they just need to take your groceries.
Remember to take them with you. Keep one or 2 in your handbags or in the car.
4. Use cloth bags for produce
At the supermarkets, plastic bags are mostly used to put our veggies and fruits in them. And it always drives me crazy, when I see people with 1-2 times in the plastic bags. I do not see the point of it. There is a sustainable alternative for those too. Either you just take them loose if you have only few pieces of use cloth bags too. But before you go and spend money on them, see if you have anything at your home that you can use or again, you can sew your won from old clothes, table napkins etc.
5. Store food in glass containers
How do you store your food? Do you use plastic wrapper? Or Plastic zick-sick-lock bag for you leftovers? Replace all the plastic with glass containers. If you still have Tupperware tat you can use, then use it till it break down. But definitely do not buy new ones. Better invest in a collection of glass jars and containers in different sizes. I am sure that you also have some at your household that you can clean and reuse again. I got most of mines from pickles or olives I use to buy in glass.
6. Buy in bulk and bigs packages
Unfortunately , we do not have any control over, how our food that we want to buy is packaged. And a lot of food is packed in layers after layers of plastic. Even every single items like for ex. Cucumbers or broccoli . Really? SO much waste for individually wrapped food?
So what you can do is to eliminate the waste.
One option is to refuse buying anything that comes in packaging. Buy your fresh food at the farmers market.
Another option is to buy in bulk. Of course when the food arrives in supermarket is packed and they then refill the containers, BUT one large bag of , ex. Rice will use less packaging than many small bags. Do not forget to bring your own containers and cloth bags, in different sizes, for the food.
If you do not have chance to buy in bulk or you have a big family, buy big packs of the items. So let’s say, 10 kgs of beans or rice will use less packiging then buying 10 smaller ones. You will also save money, because bigger packs are mostly a bit cheaper. But use caution, make sure you use up the food before it expires.
7. Shop for packaging
When we buy food, we focus on food itself. After a purchase, we worry about how we dispose the package. But we can have a real use from both, food and package. That would be great. But no matter how environmentally friendly a packaging is, it will still make a negative impact on the environment . Next time you go to the supermarket, shop for packaging that you can reuse again. Such as glass bottles, glass jars, tin cans..
Recycling is actually not a „zero waste process“, because it consumes every and this energy is an expensive commodity that leads to global pollution. That's why it should be the last option after reducing, composting and reusing.