Over these past few months I’ve made some essential zero waste or minimal impact swaps in my entire apartment, but one of the rooms where most has changed is definitely the kitchen! We’ve managed to change our habits quite a bit, so today I’d love to share some easy things you can swap out to make your kitchen more zero waste!
* Tupperware instead of freezer bags
One of the easiest swaps has to be using plastic tupperware instead of one-use freezer bags. You probably already have some old tupperware you don’t use every day, check the bottom to see if it’s freezer friendly but it probably is! I use these to store away fresh fruit, veggie meats, leftover soup or sauce, single slices of gluten free bread,…
* Sustainable scrubbers and cloths in stead of sponges
I don’t know how many sponges we used to go through every year but I can tell you it was too much! Sponges can get very dirty, very quickly and they are not recyclable at all. I opted to buy a wooden scrubber, a compostable dish dumpling and washable clothes. You can get these scrubbers and dish dumplings on Kudzu or usually any eco or zero waste store.
* Pot covers in stead of plastic film
We have 2 pot covers: a small one for bowls and a bigger one for pots. This is great if you’ve cooked or prepared something for later, or haven’t finished something yet, but don’t want to transfer it to some tupperware. Plastic cling film is not recyclable and goes straight to landfill or the incinerator. You could even use any old lid you have lying around the kitchen to place on top of a pot or bowl!
* Food Huggers in stead of plastic film (again)
I got these Food Huggers from Kudzu but I’ve seen them in many different stores already. They stretch around any vegetable or fruit to keep it fresh if you don’t want to use the whole thing right now. I love using these because my flatmate doesn’t like all the vegetables I like, but I don’t want to prepare an entire eggplant for myself all at once!
* French press in stead of coffee pads/capsules
I just got rid of my Senseo coffee maker, even though I used to love it so much, because I learned that even coffee pads aren’t compostable. I don’t drink coffee every day, so for me this was an easy swap. I buy coffee beans in bulk and grind them myself. I keep a container of ground coffee ready to use. I even think it tastes much better this way!
* Metal straws in stead of plastic straws
This is really a no brainer swap, it’s the easiest thing to do and it’s not even expensive! I again, got these from Kudzu but they are available widely now. You can use this at home like I do, or even bring it with you to restaurants or takeaway places to avoid plastic waste on the road! These are dishwasher safe and come with a little brush to clean the inside.
* Compostable baking paper
Just check for any OK compost labels on the packaging and you’re good to go! I got this roll at Kabas in Mechelen, a zero waste bulk store.
* Buy in bulk, not in packages
And lastly, a MAJOR tip for the kitchen. Buy your nuts, seeds, dried fruits, flour,… in bulk as much as you can. If you don’t have a zero waste or bulk store near you, try a market or buy paper bags. If you don’t even have those around, you can opt to buy the biggest bag you can find to reduce plastic use. If it’s something you use all the time and doesn’t go bad quickly, why would you be buying small plastic packs?
I hope you learned something from my kitchen and that you enjoyed these tips!
Thanks for reading!