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12 Ways To Reduce Plastic Usage in the Kitchen

Removing plastic from your kitchen is not something you can do overnight. It’s a process that takes time, but with a little pre-planning you can start the process with ease. Luckily, there are lots of easy swaps you can make to get you on the road to a plastic free kitchen.

1.) Ditch the Plastic Wrap

An easy and simple way to reduce your plastic usage in the kitchen is to stop using cling film and switch to a reusable alternative. Fortunately there are sustainable alternatives out there such as reusable food wrap made from beeswax or soy.

2.) Buy Loose Produce

Aim to buy loose, plastic-free, produce when you go to your grocery shop. Avoid single-use packaging whenever possible. Take reusable produce bags to stock up on items instead of using the supplied plastic bags. You’re more likely to find loose produce at local farmers markets. As an extra bonus you’re also supporting a local business and the food will have a lower transportation footprint.

3.) Stop Using Plastic Bags

Remember to take your reusable shopping bags when you go out. If you find it hard to remember them each time, pack them back into your car straight after using them. That way they are always there ready to be used.

4.) Grow your own herbs

Instead of buying new herbs every time you shop, start your own herb garden. You can either grow a small amount of herbs inside or have a dedicated area in your yard. Start with a few, easy-to-grow plants such as sage, mint or oregano and see how you get on.

5.) Go foraging

Research foods that you can forage in your local area. Go out prepared with a container to collect everything. Find ways to preserve the food you source.

6.) Switch to Reusable Glass Containers

If you’re in need of new food storage containers try to find glass containers instead of plastic ones. You can even get one with wooden and bamboo lids.

7.) Swap the Sponges

Swap plastic sponges for more sustainable, plastic-free alternatives such as loofahs, handmade sponges, coconut scrub pads and bamboo dish brushes.

8.) Switch to reusable kitchen towels

Replace your kitchen towel with reusable kitchen towel. You can either buy it pre-made or make your own.

9.) Swap to refillable products

Many stores now sell a range of refillable products including dish soap and cleaning products. Take your old containers and fill them up rather than buying new ones each time. You can even get refillable shampoo and conditioners for the bathroom too.

10.) Make your own snacks

Instead of buying packaged snacks, make your own. You can either bake them or focus on no-bake treats. Either way you will not only save money but also reduce your plastic consumption.

11.) Change your pans

When you're in need of new pans switch from non-stick pans to ones made from cast iron or stainless steel. The non-stick coating in pans is made from plastic.

12.) Switch to wooden utensils

If you need new utensils try to find ones made from either wood or bamboo rather than plastic ones.

If we all do our part to make minor changes over time, we can make a big change for the future of sustainability. We can do so much by making conscious choices and remembering the five R's of sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair, and Rot when it comes to living a healthy, happy, and sustainable lifestyle. Let's be the change that heals humanity and mother earth together.

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