9 ways to go plastic free in the kitchen
Tired, exhausted and need a fast meal? Slapping together a quick microwave dinner, direct from the freezer in seventy-bazillion layers of plastic? Think again!
Your choices in the kitchen have a massive impact on our environment. Did you know we throw out $8 billion worth of edible food every year? Every choice that you make in your home has the power to change the course for future generations. Eating according to the seasons and only buying sustainably farmed produce is a great way to start, but what about all that plastic packaging we use to store our foods?
We asked Rebecca Searles from Family Garden Life and Nicole Boothby from Throw Some Seeds their top tips to minimise plastic in our kitchens, and do you know what? There are some really simple some things you can implement to make a difference.
Try a couple of these ideas:
- Reduce packaging waste going into landfill by using Red Cycle.
- Replace old plastic containers with glass jars: they’re an efficient resource, don’t contain petrochemicals, some can be used to freeze leftovers and you’ll steer clear of old plastics that can leach toxins into your food.
- Plan your meals and supermarket shop by checking the pantry for what you already have. Don’t double or triple up your products because you haven’t checked what you already have. You’ll be surprised how many people throw out unused produce that has spoiled sitting in the back of the pantry.
- Avoid plastic sandwich bags. Replace with beeswax or vegan reusable wraps. Wash in warm soapy water & leave to dry. Lasts up to 6 months and you can buy the melts to recoats them as well.
- Replace cling wrap with reusable food wraps or Ageena wraps (an eco-friendly wrap). This replaces cling wrap, baking paper and foil and it lasts for several years.
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- Choose stainless steel or glass water bottles instead of plastic.
- When you shopping, use reusable bags and produce bags instead of plastic bags.
- Shop in bulk because you’ll: Save money, save petrol / packaging and you can even bring your own jars to some outlets like The Source Bulkfoods.
- Swap to a reusable kitchen wipe in a bamboo or hemp material, instead of throwing out your dishcloths regularly.