Zero waste living is getting a lot of attention lately. The diagram above was shared on @zerowasteliving and is a really good overview of how to clean up your kitchen.
As we move forward with zero waste living and trying to eliminate plastic from our lives, It needs to be pointed out that we shouldn’t be going through our kitchens and throwing everything out with plastic. When the time comes to replace an item, think of the plastic free alternative.
Here is a picture of one of my kitchen cupboards. I have had Tupperware containers for 20 plus years. They have served me well. I now take them to bulk stores to fill up when the container is empty. When I started to try to use less plastic in my kitchen a few years ago, I started using the plastic free option when I needed more containers. Mason jars are a great way to supplement bulk buying(apparently I used to pickle a lot). BeeBAGZ store dates without letting them dry out. There is no need to throw something out that you already have, but buying when you need it, plastic free options are an amazing option for you and your family. I didn’t throw every plastic bag in my house away(or recycle really) however, I have had the same box of bags and wrap since I started to use beeswax wraps and BeeBAGZ in my house. Its been almost two years, I should really Marie Condo them because they definitely don’t bring me joy, but have trouble getting rid of something that still works, maybe the restore will take them? Stay tuned...
I also try to buy items in plastic free packaging whenever possible. Simply Organic Vanilla is one of my favourite swap outs. You don’t need as much to flavour your food so it is a double saving!
When we say not to plastic in our kitchens, we become part of the plastic pollution solution.