Something we’re really into here is cutting down waste. It’s easy to buy cheap stuff and just as easy to discard it, and often we’ve got little incentive to reuse or recycle. It takes creativity and effort to reuse so as to generate less trash. But what if it was (fairly) easy? Here’s 5 Tips for cutting out waste in your kitchen & dining room.
Get rid of disposable cups, plates and napkins.
This is such a big one. Did you realize that Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year? This comes out to about 680 pounds per person. Ahhh! By simply cutting out paper disposable products, you’ll save lots and lots of trash. And as Tiffany at Don’t Waste Your Crumbs reminds us, cloth napkins just cost less. “For the average family of four using one paper towel each for three meals a day, one roll would last 13 days. At 52 sheets in each $1 roll, the cost of cloth napkins becomes significantly less expensive (free) after 182 days (or just over six months).” We’ve got some lovely organic cotton options that just increase sustainability of your table decor choices.
At 52 sheets in each $1 roll, the cost of cloth napkins becomes significantly less expensive (free) after 182 days (or just over six months).
Kitchen spice garden is the way to season.
Having a small indoor garden with your favorite herbs is a great way to reduce plastic waste, food waste and improve the oxygen in your house. Plus, it’s SO rewarding to pluck your herbs fresh. And it’s even a mood booster! According to Small Space Big Taste, “A significant amount of scientific evidence suggests that being around greenery can stave off stress, elevate mood and improve cognitive function…active interaction with indoor plants (like touching and smelling) can reduce physiological and psychological stress. “
Taking lunch to school or the office? Reusable containers are the bomb.
Again, a reusable coffee mug, water bottle and/or lunch box just saves you money. Plus, you’re likely to eat healthier. And filling up trash cans with needless plastic is just disturbing. Over 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away every hour. And that’s not even counting those straws. They’re completely unrecyclable so just refuse plastic straws whenever possible. It’s easy to find high quality reusable metal straws to have in your purse or backpack.
Use what you have in recipes. Or composting. Or donate.
We’ve all bought food items that just sit on shelves until they go bad. Instead of just ignoring that box of lasagna noodles because you hate lasagna, get creative! This type of cooking is sure to stretch your culinary skills. One friend will post her available ingredients on Facebook and ask for recommendations of what to make with them. It’s fun to see the recipes come in.
Seriously though, food waste is a huge problem. In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply. In fact, food waste is the single largest component in landfills. If there’s a food item you’re just never going to use (and it’s still good) donate it. With fresh food that’s close to spoiling, compost whenever possible.
In the US, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply.
No more plastic shopping bags.
Because we want to empower our customers to cut down waste in their lives, we’ve started packing our orders in reusable produce bags INSTEAD of paper wrap or plastic wrap. Reusable shopping bags are a really effective way to cut down on trash. Just one trip to the grocery store can generate lots and lots of plastic bags which are very hard to recycle (not impossible, just hard). Cut off the problem at the source by investing in some reusable shopping totes and produce bags.
What’s your favorite way to cut down on waste in the kitchen? Do you have any brands you love to buy from? Please share! We’re all in this together.