Hello bumblebee, are you looking for more ways to cut back on your plastic waste? The Plastic Waste Series was created to inform others, reduce pollution in our environment and make the world a better place. If you’ve switched to a reusable water bottle and you’re ready to take the next step, keep reading
Today’s post will focus on places in the kitchen where we can cut back on plastic waste. Eco-friendly, affordable kitchenware is easier to find now more than ever.
**Hey you, please don’t rush to throw out all the plastic in your kitchen right now! Use what you have and dispose of it properly when done!**
Reusable Shopping Bags vs. Plastic Shopping Bags
From clothing and grocery shopping to takeout and pet care, plastic bags seem to be just about everywhere. Instead of throwing them out to be shipped off to a landfill, there are a few other ways to put your plastic bags to good use. Ultimately, purchasing a reusable shopping bag can remove them from your household entirely! Do you have a shopping bag full of shopping bags stored somewhere in your home? Reuse them until they begin to break down.
Keep one in the car, just in case.
Pick up dog waste
Bring them back to the grocery store and use them again!
Store compost in a bag and put it in your freezer to control odor until it’s used!
Use as packing material from moving or mailing fragile items.
When you need to transport muddy or dirty shoes.
Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, some retailers are not currently accepting reusable bags for use. If this is the case at your grocery store put those plastic bags to good use and avoid stuffing them in the garbage. If you prefer a clutter-less kitchen, some good places to store plastic bags include under the sink, the floor of your pantry or closet, or in that odd-shaped, unused cabinet about the fridge.
Reusable Containers vs. Plastic Baggies
Similarly to water bottles, the most important thing is to make sure the materials you are purchasing are BPA free. While plastic baggies offer many conveniences, their one time use design leads them to landfills quickly. Fortunately, there are ways to keep both of these kitchenware items in your cabinets while living waste-free and eco-friendly. If these options aren’t available to you, considering swapping out plastic baggies for reusable containers every once in a while to help reduce plastic waste.
Glass containers are the most eco-friendly and healthy storage option for the planet and you. For times plastic can’t be avoided, there are some eco-friendly options available at an affordable price via online retailers, yard sales, and consignment shops. If purchasing second-hand reusable containers makes you uncomfortable, consider reusing jars and plastic containers from food products already in your home.
If baggies are essential in your life, consider an alternative: eco-friendly reusable baggies. While this option can get a bit pricey depending on the brand, remember this is a one time purchase compared to the repeated purchase of single-use baggies. Over time you may end up saving money from making this earth conscious switch.
Reusable Straws vs. Plastic Straws
When most people hear reusable straws, they typically think of metal straws however reusable straws come in many materials including glass, bamboo, and silicon. Recycling.com has an awesome list of all kinds of reusable straws. The best options come in carrying cases that make cutting back on plastic straw usage when eating out a lot easier. Additionally, it’s best to purchase straws with a cleaning brush to help keep your straws clean and long-lasting.
Recycled Utensils vs. Plastic Utensils
Single-use plastic utensils are everywhere from amusement parks and restaurant establishments to bulk buying and dollar stores. While sometimes appropriate, the production of plastic products is at an all-time high Not only are these products contributing to the issue of plastic waste, there are also environmental effects from producing these products.
Living a waste-free lifestyle make come off intimidating at first, so it’s best to look for inspiration that will motivate you to adopt new healthy habits. Not only does spending the time to create an eco-friendly kitchen to help the planet, but there are also possibilities of your health benefiting from making these swaps!
Check out the post that started it all: Plastic [is a] Waste: Water Bottles and feel free to share with friends and family so we can all do our part to help our planet.
Want to help the planet now? Plant trees while you search the web!
What’s your kitchen essential for cutting back on plastic waste? Comment below!
cheers to doing our part,
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