12 Easy swaps to reduce waste in your kitchen

 

Most of the household waste is produced in the kitchen, so if you are starting your zero waste journey, you should focus on your kitchen first.
A massive amount of single-use and disposable plastic items are hidden in every space and they have become our kitchen essentials. Most of the items made with plastic are inexpensive and easy to find everywhere.

If you are trying to reduce plastic waste in your kitchen, don’t rush!
Remember that the goal is not to build a new kitchen but to work and to learn towards zero waste, taking small steps to create a more sustainable lifestyle.
It might help to make a list of everything that creates waste and try to find eco-friendly alternatives which help you minimize waste. First of all, keep in mind that you don’t need to buy new things but you can reuse everything you already have at home. Even just a jar of jam can be a great alternative for keeping your food fresh.

Here’s a list of plastic free swaps which will help you to reduce household waste. Don’t worry, all these products are super easy to find and some of them you may already have in your house.

 

1. Glass jars

They are perfect to start your transition to a plastic free kitchen because they are inexpensive, great to store your food, multifunctional and they last a long time. There’s no need to buy them, simply reuse what you have. Glass jars can be labelled, so you know exactly when your food will expire. Moreover you can reuse them endlessly and keep them in your pantry based on food category and jars sizes. 

 

2. Silicone food bags

They are the best alternative to cling wrap. These bags are washable and dishwasher safe. If you have leftovers or you want to keep your food fresh for longer, then you should definitely try these amazing bags. You can also use them for your takeaway food instead of plastic containers. 

 

3. Wooden dish brushes

Wooden dish brushes are designed to replace the disposable ones and make your kitchen more sustainable. They are plastic free and made from natural renewable materials. The brushes heads are replaceable and biodegradable. Brushes come in different shapes and sizes so you can choose your favorite ones.

 

4. Wooden utensils

Wooden utensils don’t react with the acids in foods and don’t leave a metallic taste. They are superior to other materials because they don’t scratch surfaces, especially when you cook dishes that require a lot of stirring.

 

5. Tea strainer

Due to the plastic content, disposable tea bags cannot completely decompose. This makes them a bad option for the environment. If you love drinking tea, you can make your eco friendly choice buying a tea strainer.

 

6. Compost bin

Composting helps to enrich soil with nutrients, encouraging the production of beneficial bacteria and it reduces food waste. Composting is not difficult. When you learn what to do and how it works, you will get a lot of benefits from the composting process. The composting process is natural because it transforms organic waste in valuable fertilizer. You can choose if you want to compost inside or outside. 

 

7. Fabric napkins

This is the best eco-friendly swap because if you don’t want to buy them, you can make them from your upcycled old clothes. Using fabric napkins, you will save a lot of paper and plastic materials. 

 

8. Silicone baking mat

If you want to avoid throwing out too much baking paper, try a silicone baking mat. It’s a great kitchen swap, saving you a lot of money and waste. Very easy to clean and you can use it over and over. .

 

9. Beeswax wraps

Now you can finally say goodbye to aluminum foil! When leftover is a thing, use a beeswax wrap to save for later. These wraps are one of the easiest ways to cut down on your single use plastics. There are many sizes and colours to choose from.

 

10. Refillable bottles

Plastic bottles are a real problem for the environment. Many of them end up polluting the oceans. The best choice is to invest in glass bottles to refill whenever you want. You can even use your bottles to refill your milk instead of buying plastic ones at the supermarket. 

 

11. Food containers

For those one who don’t like silicone food bags, here’s a similar product: reusable food containers. You can find them in different materials such as glass, stainless steel or bamboo. They are all great alternatives to the plastic and single use containers. Moreover, food tastes better when stored in these containers because some plastic packages tend to cause mold or bacteria.

 

12. Reusable coffee pods

Are you a coffee lover? If so, these pods are for you. Disposable coffee pods produce a huge amount of waste and some of them are not sustainable at all. However, you don’t have to stop drinking coffee, but simply invest in reusable coffee pods which make your sustainable routine easier. These pods are washable and reusable and coffee tastes the same.

 

These are a few swaps you can make in your kitchen if you want to reduce waste. Your contribution is very important because it will affect the place we live. Even only a couple of reusable products can make a big difference in terms of sustainability. Don’t modify everything at once, because changes take time and a lot of tests. Do what works for you and your eco journey.