Minimalism and Sustainability in the Kitchen gained a lot of importance in the last two years. Since so much of our household waste came from food, it seemed a good place to start. To begin, you need to create a simple and minimalistic space that would help you to create less waste by consuming less.
Before you go low waste in your kitchen, think about your grandparent’s habits around buying and storing food. Specifically find ways to refuse what you don’t need and reduce what you use and reuse what you had for multiple purposes.
A mason jar, for example, can serve a drinking glass or a aluminium foil or plastic wrap are practical, but not particularly environmentally friendly.
Although there are alternative products to organize the kitchen, that can be used several times and are even better and just as practical.
Here are a few eco-friendly kitchen ideas to help organize your kitchen more zero waste.
As a rule, it ends up in the trash after a single, short use and is usually not recycled either.
Transferring into reusable glas containers
It is often more easy to transfer food and leftovers to a reusable containers instead of covering them with a plastic film. Whether it’s a screw-top jar, an iron jar or a storage keeps raw and cooked foods safe, clean and waste-free.
REUSABLE FABRIC OR CLOTH CONTAINER COVERS
As an alternative to plastic wrap, aluminium foil, cloth or fabric container covers keeps goods protected and clean.
SEW HOMEMADE INDIVIDUAL COVERS
To sew individual fabric container covers, you can recycle pieces from a T-shirt, an old curtain, or any other fabric scraps. You can make them in different sizes- small ones make great mason jar covers, while large ones can be used to cover bowls.
- A piece of fabric about ten centimeters longer and wider than the item to be covered and a piece of coated fabric of the same size
- A piece of laundry elastic
- Sewing machine
- Bowl or jar
- safety pin
- Marking pencil
- 100% cotton fabric
- Wash, dry and iron the fabric. Lay the fabric on a flat table.
- Place the jar for which you want to make cover for and lay it upside down on the the uncoated fabric and trace the outline with the pencil about one centimeter away from the jar. Then draw a second, larger shape about two to three inches apart around the first line.
- Cut out the circle.
- With about half a centimeter from the edge, sew the fabric together with a sewing machine until a small opening of a few centimeters.
- Turn the fabric “right side out” through the opening.
- Sew the fabric together all around along the drawn inner circle.
- By using a safety pin, place a linen elastic through the tunnel between the two fabric. Pull the ends together and sew or knot so that the edge of the hood curls.
REUSABLE BAGS FOR GROCERY SHOPPING
Grocery shopping presents a significant opportunity for reducing plastic bags and waste. You can replace single-use plastic produce bags with reusable ones when you go grocery shopping.
ALTERNATIVES TO PAPER TOWELS AND NAPKINS
- 🌿 SUSTAINABLE & ECO-FRIENDLY: A set 10 pcs of reusable paper towels can replace up to 100 papertowel rolls – A very economical alternative choice of disposable wipes and reduce waste. It’s truly a win-win for your pocket and the environment.
- 🌿 HIGH-QUALITY AND DURABLE: The newest version of absorbency upgraded unbleached cotton & bamboo fabric is premium quality, super absorbent, dry fast, no sticky feel, lint free. The more it is used, the better it absorbs. Size 13×11 inch fits your hand to clean easily and the loop is for hanging dry after every used and washed.
- 🌿 VERSATILE AND EASY TO USE: The tight Waffle weave gives a super strong thick lumpy surface that maximizes friction and scrubs hard without any scratch, works best as wet towels. The paperless towels help you cleaning bar, counter, table, glass in kitchen or bathroom.
Everything is packed for convenience – even vegetables can be found chopped and packed in plastic bags. In conclusion you can’t achieve zero waste, with a bit of preparation, planning and organization.
“We must rediscover our links with the natural environment if we are to tread more lightly on the world.”Craig Simmons, co-founder best food forward