The kitchen. The heart of the household where the magic (and often mayhem!) happens, is also the place where most waste is produced. Whether it be organic or plastic, the average person produces roughly 1,571.4 pounds of trash every year! And a big percentage of this waste is produced in the kitchen.
These following tips are just some of the things you could do to reduce the amount of waste you produce, and potentially save you money too!
1. Reduce food waste
The number one reason why food is wasted is simple. We buy too much of it!
The best thing you can do in order to reduce the amount of food wasted is to plan meals around the food that needs to be eaten first. So the next time you go grocery shopping, consider using up the leftover potatoes in a cottage pie before you buy some more!
Another useful tip is to buy less than you need. This may take some getting used to, but it's very much worth it in the long run.
Store your produce properly when you get home from grocery shopping. This great article highlights some awesome ways you can store food without using plastic.
Sell-by dates are just references. Ignore them! As long as the produce in question smells and tastes good, it's going to be fine to eat, as there is no scientific way of figuring the exact best before date of a product.
Still throwing away your veggie peels? Get one more use from them by boiling them up into a delicious vegetable stock, which you can use to infuse into rice and quinoa and other dried goods!
2. Avoid single-use plastics where possible
Supermarkets these days cover most of their produce in single-use foils and plastics, and when they're not, you're supplied with a plastic bag to put them in. Try to avoid using these types of products by shopping locally in farmers' markets or grocery stores, where food doesn't usually come covered in plastic, and most importantly, take reusable shopping bags and produce bags with you.
Consider investing in a water filter to reduce buying single-use plastic bottles. It may also be useful to have a few reusable bottles at the ready for when you have to go out.
If you're a fan of coffee like myself, consider ditching the Keurig for a french press or a drip, or try investing in a reusable coffee capsule, that can save you a lot of money in buying refills, as well as plastic.
3. Making the reusable swap
Swapping to reusable alternatives is another way of reducing your waste output in the kitchen. As well as the various examples mentioned above, you can avoid clingfilm, or plastic film and tin foil by switching to silicone lids or beeswax wraps.
Save on paper towels by switching to cloth napkins. This may take some time getting used to but it's well worth it!
Vinegar is also a great cleaning solution, and you can easily create a clean-up solution of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water.
Instead of using paper bags or tin foil, consider switching to a lunch box instead.
There are plenty of other reusable solutions. it's just a matter of going through the items in your kitchen, and seeing what you can replace with more permanent items.
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