How to Create a Low Waste Kitchen
There’s no doubt that the kitchen is one of the major contributors to a household’s waste, but there are some simple ways in which we can reduce the waste in our kitchen space and make our lives a little greener this Plastic Free July and beyond if we set our minds to it, and change the way we think! So sit back, grab a coffee (in your reusable cup of course, wink wink) and take a look at these tips, tricks and innovative products that will set you on the right track from a high to low waste kitchen space!
Castile Soap Bar
This soap bar is a great eco-friendly cleaning product for your kitchen, it’s waste free and only uses one natural ingredient. The block itself is unscented and fragrance-free, so with the addition of your favourite essential oil, you can use it for just about anything from cleaning kitchen counters and floors, washing dishes, you can even use it for hair, body and hands.
Castile soap is made from a single ingredient, in the case of these bars saponified olive oil. Saponification is the process by which the olive oil is turned into a solid soap bar. The bars are also free from synthetic ingredients and detergents. As such the bars are gentle and moisturising for the skin while being tough enough for all purpose cleaning. See how to turn castile soap bar into liquid soap here.
Find it: At Biome Eco Store
Wooden Dish Brushes
Wooden dish brushes are a perfect plastic-free alternative for your kitchen, and they look so much nicer on display as well. Paired with a soap block, just swipe it across soap and start brushing, cleaning dishes, pots, and sinks. You can purchase replacement heads once they’ve been worn out making it excellent value for money. They can simply be composted or buried in the backyard at the end of their life. All metal staples can be recycled in a metal recycling bin.
Find it: At Eco Roots
Bee Green is an Australian company, whose beautiful, eco-friendly wraps are made from 100% cotton sheets with colourful and exciting prints that are infused with a blend of Australian beeswax, tree resin and certified organic jojoba oil. Crafted with a combination of only raw ingredients that are naturally antibacterial they will not only reduce the need for plastic to cover and wrap food but they will also keep food fresher for longer. The possibilities are endless, you can wrap, store and cover the fruit, veg, garden produce, nuts, sandwich, cheese, bread, crackers and fermented foods in your pantry, fridge or lunchbox.
If you’re looking for a vegan alternative, try these Wrappa Organic Cotton Vegan Wax Wraps from Biome Eco Stores instead.
Biodegradable Dish Cloths
Who knew that dishcloths could be eco friendly, functional and stylish at the same time! Reduce your waste and say goodbye to single-use paper towels and plastic sponges with machine washable, 100% biodegradable dish cloths. Each cloth will last approximately 4 to 6 months and once they have reached the end of thier life just pop them into the compost or bury them in your backyard and watch them break down!
Find it: At The Well Store
Eco Produce and Shopping Bags
Organic reusable produce and shopping bags make for an excellent plastic free shopping alternative. Handy for shopping and for storing fruit and vegetables, when buying bulk nuts, oats, rice and legumes or when harvesting things from the garden! I also use my jute bag as an ‘everything’ bag, I take it to the markets, to the library, to the beach, everywhere! Then just pop it in the wash when they get a little dirty.
We LOVE the range at Eraze Waste who were consciously established with a passion to make a positive impact by reducing waste around the World. They’ve launched a range of Organic Cotton Produce and Shopping Bags that limits the ongoing side effects of plastic bags. They hope to change the habits of our throwaway society by getting the “eraze movement” underway. Head over and check out their gorgeous range of low waste kitchen reusables!
Coconut Scrub Pad
At last a viable alternative to those awful plastic scourers made from nylon, don’t last and come wrapped in plastic packaging creating a whole lot of waste in our landfills! But this unique scrub pad is made from natural coconut fibres bound together by a non-toxic adhesive. It’s gentle and won’t scratch your non-stick or delicate surfaces and cleans just as good it also stays fresh and effective for months. After use, they can go back to the earth as they are 100% biodegradable and compostable – perfect for a low waste kitchen! Ahhh the humble coconut, is there anything it can’t do?
Find it: At The Well Store
Preserving Jars and Glass Bottles
Designed to be reused, preserving jars are a brilliant way for storing dry foods, simply bring home your bulk dry foods (minus the plastic) and store your nuts, grains, cereals, rice and pasta, label them and store in style! They also make for beautiful floral arrangements, smoothy glasses, or candle votives. With a little creativity the uses for Mason jars are limited only to your imagination!
Find it: Shop the range at Biome Eco Store
Grow Your Own Greens
And I’ve saved the best for last… Grow your own food! It’s probably the easiest way to reduce the bulk of your kitchen waste buying store brought food that comes in a whole lot of packaging. and I just love the idea of easily adding delicious, nutritious food to my diet that I’ve grown myself!
Quick Tip: Buy from your farmers market and support your local businesses (don’t forget your jute bags!).
If you’re limited for space then I have the perfect solution for you, try growing your own microgreens using the Urban Greens Microgreens Windowsill Grow Kit without the need for garden space, or advanced green thumb knowledge. Comes in a porcelain windowsill box with a bamboo lid, and comes with Rocket, Cabbage Red and Radish Sprouting Seeds which would be great for salads or garnishes. Such a brilliant gift idea for kids (or big kids) or as a housewarming gift!
Find it: At The Well Store
We don’t all have to rush out and make these products swaps all in one go, changing our habits can take time, select a couple out of this list that you are keen to implement, then get to the others when you can. Every little low waste kitchen implementation counts towards making a difference to our health and our environment.
Go ahead and let me know in the comments section below what other ideas you have to create a greener kitchen space, I’d love to learn more! Then take a look at these 9 essential bathroom products for creating a low waste bathroom.
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