The kitchen is one of the best places to replace plastics with other materials, although you certainly don’t need to throw away all your plastics at once. Instead, phase out your plastic use in the kitchen as the items wear out.
- Cooking Utensils: Opt for bowls, spatulas and other tools made from wood, glass, metal or ceramic.
- Dish Brushes: Choose wooden brushes and or a reusable wash cloth instead of plastic dish brushes.
- Trash Can: There are a few good solutions here. Some people choose to forgo the trash bag. Others use newspapers or reuse bags that you already have on hand (e.g., the plastic packaging around toilet paper or the plastic pouch from cereal). If nothing else is available, biodegradable trash can liners made from corn starch are available.
- Cooking: You can often reduce your plastic use by cooking items from scratch like pizza dough, yogurt, mayonnaise and much more. Also, many items are able packaging-free.
The kitchen is often home to many plastic utensils that are available made from other materials, like bowls made from glass, wood, ceramic or metal, and spatulas and cutting boards made from wood rather than plastic.
And while plastic dish brushes have become the standard, it’s quite simple to replace them with a reusable wash cloth or wooden dish brush.
Of course we don’t encourage people to throw away their plastic utensils that have already been purchased and are in good shape. But when it comes time to replace them, consider buying the the non-plastic alternative. Also bear in mind that old or damaged plastic items can shed microplastics into the environment and even leach toxins into the food they come in contact with.
It’s unnecessary to pack your household garbage in plastic bags before placing it in the bin, which only adds an extra plastic bag to each load of garbage. It’s preferable to place garbage directly into your trash can without a liner, empty it into the bin when full and rinse out your trash can with hot water afterwards. This takes about as long as it would take to tie a trash bag closed, walk it to the bin and place a new liner in the trash can. You can also line the bottom of your trash can with newspaper to keep items from sticking when you empty it.
Stores now offer an increasing number of packaging-free items and items sold by weight packaged in your own container, both of which are effective ways to reduce unnecessary packaging. Of course, we encourage everyone to bring along their own reusable bags when shopping, both produce bags and shopping bags.
Finally, much of the food we typically buy in plastic containers can be made at home. This includes skyr, yogurt, almond milk, granola bars, mayonnaise and various sauces.
Check out these links to recipes for making some of these items at home.
Almonds are an item that can be purchased in your own container, and almond milk can be used in most situations where cow’s milk is used.
Making your own yogurt at home is not as hard as you think..
You can also make traditional yogurt from cow’s milk
Most of the ingredients can be bought using your own containers.
Mayonnaise is easy to make from scratch and forms the basis for a large number of cold sauces.
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