TRENDY AND ECO-FRIENDLY KITCHEN ORGANIZATION IDEAS, ACCORDING TO EXPERTS

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.

Olivia Von Owl Reusable Fabric Bowl Covers – 5 pcs set – Stretch Fabric, Waterproof, and Washable Covers for Bowls, Containers and Jars – Colorful and Practical Design – Storing Cylinder Included

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.

MATERIALS:

  • 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

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Wash, dry and iron the fabric. Lay the fabric on a flat table.
  2. 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.
  3. Cut out the circle.
  4. With about half a centimeter from the edge, sew the fabric together with a sewing machine until a small opening of a few centimeters.
  5. Turn the fabric “right side out” through the opening.
  6. Sew the fabric together all around along the drawn inner circle.
  7. 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.

The Original Eco Friendly See Through Washable and Reusable Produce Bags Premium

ALTERNATIVES TO PAPER TOWELS AND NAPKINS

Miw Piw Unpaper Towels Set 10, Reusable Paper Towels Highly Absorbent Washable Paperless Recycled Organic Cotton Bamboo Napkins Kitchen Roll Cleaning Cloths Eco Friendly Zero Waste.
  • 🌿 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.

IN CONCLUSION

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

7 MUST HAVE BOOKS ABOUT CONSCIOUS AND SUSTAINABLE LIVING

Starting your pursuit of zero-waste, sustainable and conscious living means looking carefully at how you consume and what kinds of waste that produces. Living that way is not something that we are born knowing how to do. Especially if you’re new to these topics a good non-fiction book will help you to manifest the idea that people can live simply and well.

The Following books will inspire you for a more sustainable, eco-conscious and thoughtful way of living.

Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste by Bea Johnson

Part inspirational story of Bea Johnson (the “Priestess of Waste-Free Living”) and how she transformed her family’s life for the better by reducing their waste to an astonishing one liter per year; part practical, step-by-step guide that gives readers tools and tips to diminish their footprint and simplify their lives.

Many of us have the gnawing feeling that we could and should do more to limit our impact on the environment. But where to begin?

This Book will definitely help you

Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low-Waste Home by Julia Watkins

In this timely and motivational guide, author Julia Watkins shares rituals, recipes, and projects for living simply and sustainably at home. For every area of your household—kitchen, cleaning, wellness, bath, and garden—Julia shows you how to eliminate wasteful packaging, harmful ingredients, and disposable items. 

Root, Nurture, Grow: The Essential Guide to Propagating and Sharing Houseplants by Rose Ray, Caro Langton

The stylish handbook shows you how to make the most of your favorite houseplants through simple, beginner-friendly propagation techniques (such as stem cutting, rooting in water, runners, offsets, grafting, division and more), as well as resourceful DIY projects including homemade rooting mediums, seed-bombs, and a self-watering plant pot.

It shows you how to look after and nurture your new plant babies, and how to share them with friends by making beautiful gifts and displays. 

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

‘Everything needs to change. And it has to start today’. This book brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across Europe, from the UN to mass street protests, No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline

In Overdressed, Cline sets out to uncover the true nature of the cheap fashion juggernaut, tracing the rise of budget clothing chains, the death of middle-market and independent retail­ers. She travels to cheap-chic factories in China, follows the fashion industry as it chases even lower costs into Bangladesh, and looks at the impact of America’s drastic increase in imports. She even explores how cheap fashion harms the charity thrift shops and textile recyclers where our masses of cloth­ing castoffs end up.

Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale by Adam Minter 

Downsizing. Decluttering. A parent’s death. Sooner or later, all of us are faced with things we no longer need or want.

In Secondhand, journalist Adam Minter takes us on an unexpected adventure into the often-hidden, multibillion-dollar industry of reuse: thrift stores in the American Southwest to vintage shops in Tokyo, flea markets in Southeast Asia to used-goods enterprises in Ghana, and more. Along the way, Minter meets the fascinating people who handle-and profit from.

Green Housekeeping: Recipes and solutions for a cleaner, more sustainable home by Christina Strutt

Saving the planet for future generations is a laudable aim, but what about the current populace? Why wait when even quite small lifestyle changes can make a big difference now? Green Housekeeping is full of advice and information to help you take a more sustainable path.

6 Vegan and Plastic Free Shampoo-Bars for Your Precious Hair

Common cosmetic products consist largely of water and, due to their liquid, creamy or gel-like consistency, usually require heavy packaging. Shampoos, lotions and creams therefore generate a lot of unnecessary plastic waste. Many hair-care products also contain microplastics in a wide variety of forms that people would rather not smear on their skin or hair.

The zero-waste alternative to conventional hair care products are hair soaps and shampoo bars that are easy to make yourself. If you want to buy the sustainable hair care ready-made, you can find plastic-free products in many unpackaged stores and online stores. Here are some natural shampoo bars.

Let’s have a look!

1. Stop The Water While Using Me 
Waterless Shampoo Bar

Ethics: The Shampoo Bar from “Stop The Water While Using Me”, is protecting our precious resource and completely producing it without water. Instead, the company rely on high-quality and 100% natural ingredients in the production of the soap-free piece of shampoo.

Effect: Cleansing

Hair Type: All hair types

Features: Mineral Oil Free, Paraffin Free, Cruelty Free, Vegan, Silicone Free

2. Sante 
Organic-Mango & Aloe Vera Shampoo Bar

Ethics: “Care for you and the World”. Sante is committed to the environment, the planet and the well-being of animals. The products, as well as shampoo bars are made with natural ingredients and certified quality standards.

Effect: mild and moisturizing

Hair Type: For dry hair

Features: Plant based, cruelty free, vegan, silicone Free, sustainable packaging.

3. Lamazuna Shampoo Bar

Ethics: “Lamazuna, avant-gardiste par nature”. The French company is producing innovative, natural cosmetics that combine quality, people and nature. All of their cosmetics are organic, fairly produced, vegan and plastic-free!

Effect: mild and moisturizing

Hair Type: For dry hair

Features: Vegan, Palm oil free, produced in france, organic.

4. BadeFee 
Shampoo Bar, Flower Garden

Ethics: “Bathe yourself beautifully”. Selected, natural ingredients, loving and an eye for details. Almost all products are made in their own small manufactory. Under strict German quality standards. BadeFee has the mission to produce without animal testing using natural, predominantly vegan ingredients.

Effect: Cleansing and moisturizing

Hair Type: All hair types

Features: Mineral Oil Free, Aluminum Salt Free, Animal Test Free, Vegan, Paraben Free.

5. Meina 
Shampoo Bar, lavender and Ylan-Ylang

Ethics: Meina is offering you high quality, handmade natural cosmetics with 100% natural ingredients. They achieve this through their unique manufacturing processes, long-tested formulas (of course free of animal testing), carefully selected ingredients, and with a lot of love and passion.

Effect: Moisturizing

Hair Type: Normal and dry hair

Features: Free from silicones, parabens, sulfates, microplastics, artificial fragrances and dyes. Handmade and Palm oil free.

6. Valloloko 
Shampoo Bar, “Pure” plant based oil

Ethics: Valloloko soap bars are handmade in Germany. The oils, clays, charcoal and other ingredients come from local suppliers. The company can’t stand plastic, neither inside their company or outside: Their packaging is made of paper or sugar cane.

Effect: Cleansing

Hair Type: All hair types

Features: Mineral Oil Free, Paraffin Free, Animal Test Free, Sulfate Free, Vegan, Preservative Free, Paraben Free, Dye Free

You can reduce packaging waste and other plastic products by reading the ultimate guide for a ZERO WASTE HOME:

Do you already have experience with Shampoo Bars? We are looking forward to your tips and recommendations in a comment below!

Selfmade Face Scrub made Out of coffee grounds

There is always coffee grounds left over from your morning coffee – instead of throwing them away, you can use them to make a refreshing and moisturizing facial scrub! Unlike many commercial scrubs, the coffee scrub does not contain harmful microplastics and consists only of natural ingredients.

Here are inexpensive facial & body scrub recipes made with coffee grounds – pure or with a few other ingredients.

Coffee scrub is as invigorating as it is effective, but also has a stimulating effect on the skin.

Using organic homemade coffee scrub will help firm your skin, remove dead skin cells, and encourage healthy circulation all at once. The circulation-promoting effect of the caffeine helps to better supply the skin with nutrients. As a result, the skin looks fresher and firmer.

For Clear Skin: Brown Sugar, Honey and Coffee grounds

Mix a portion of coffee grounds with brown sugar, honey and a little water in your hand and spread the final paste on your face in circular motions. Then wash off the paste with warm water and care for the face as usual.

Additionally, brown sugar as a scrub will help for skin to remove dead skin cells even more. Honey is naturally antibacterial and is great for acne treatment, moisturizing the skin and boosting the skin complexion.

Ingredients:

For Smooth Skin: Plant based oil (coconut oil), Brown sugar and Coffee grounds

Plant based oil, coconut oil is antibacterial. It is used in many beauty products and helps to clean the face. High-quality plant oils help to provide additional care, because they contain valuable components such as unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins and phenols, which also help to keep the skin healthy and firm from the outside.

Ingredients:

Time required: 20 minutes.

Process: Add each ingredient into a bowl and mix throughly into a homogenous mixture. If you’re using grounded coffee let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Before applying, clean your face with warm water, gently massage the coffee into your face. Spread the paste with circular movements into your skin. It is not necessary to rub strongly, because the coffee grounds effectively remove dead skin particles even without pressure. Leave the scrub on for about ten minutes.

The coffee grounds scrub is easy to rinse off with warm water. To allow the nourishing oil to continue to work, do not rub the skin dry, just pat it dry.

Advice: Peelings are best used twice a week, but not more often so that the skin is not too stressed. Listen and start du understand your own skin.