Reduce Plastic Waste in your Kitchen this Plastic Free July
It has been estimated that more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the 1950's. Around 60% of that plastic has ended up in either landfill or the natural environment.
Plastic pollution is now a global crisis that poses significant threats to our environment and wildlife. Plastic Free July is an initiative aimed at raising awareness and encouraging individuals to reduce their plastic consumption throughout the month of July.
One area where we can make a substantial impact is in our kitchens. In the latest Moonmoon blow, we explore practical tips and sustainable alternatives to help you reduce waste and eliminate plastic from your kitchen this Plastic-Free July.
Ditch Single-Use Plastic in your Kitchen
The first step towards a plastic-free kitchen is to eliminate single-use plastic items. Swap plastic wrap with beeswax wraps or silicone stretch lids for covering food. Use stainless steel or glass containers for storing leftovers instead of plastic containers. These simple changes will drastically reduce your reliance on single-use plastics.
Buy in Bulk and Avoid Packaging
When shopping for groceries, opt for bulk items whenever possible. Bring your own reusable bags, jars, or containers to fill up with items like grains, cereals, nuts, and spices. By avoiding pre-packaged goods, you can significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste generated in your kitchen. Look for stores that offer bulk sections or food co-ops in your area.
Choose Sustainable Food Storage
Replace plastic food storage containers with glass, stainless steel or silicone alternatives. These options are durable, safe for food storage, and can be reused for many years. Glass jars are also great for storing leftovers, bulk items, and homemade sauces. Stainless steel containers are lightweight, durable, and ideal for packing lunches or snacks on the go. Replace disposable plastic bags with reusable silicone food storage bags. They can simply be washed and reused each time.
Opt for Reusable Utensils and Straws
Plastic cutlery and straws are among the top contributors to plastic pollution. Switch to reusable alternatives such as stainless steel or bamboo cutlery, and bring your own reusable straw made of metal, glass, or bamboo when dining out or enjoying a refreshing beverage at home. Keep a small set of reusable utensils in your bag or car to avoid using single-use plastic when eating on the go.
Make Homemade and Batch Cook
Preparing homemade meals not only allows you to control the ingredients but also helps reduce packaging waste. Avoid pre-packaged convenience foods and opt for fresh produce and bulk ingredients. Consider making your own sauces, dressings, and condiments instead of buying them in plastic bottles. If you have surplus produce, preserve them by canning, pickling, or freezing to enjoy throughout the year.
Cut the Plastic out of your Cleaning
Swap plastic dish brushes and sponges for natural alternatives like bamboo dish brushes or plant-based scrubbers. Look for eco-friendly cleaning brushes and scrubbers made from sustainable materials. You can also take your old washing up and detergent bottles to be refilled at a local zero waste shop or by a refill service.
Plastic Free July provides an excellent opportunity to reassess our habits and make sustainable changes in our kitchens. By reducing plastic waste and embracing reusable alternatives, we can contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment. Implementing these tips will help you significantly reduce waste and eliminate plastic from your kitchen. Let's take action and make Plastic Free July a starting point for a lifetime commitment to a more sustainable lifestyle. Together, we can make a difference and create a cleaner, plastic-free future for generations to come.
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