5 Plastic Free Swaps for the Kitchen
Do you know the saying less is more? This really applies when you’re starting out your zero waste journey.
We think the best way to start your zero waste journey is by pinpointing one particular area in your home at a time, instead of overwhelming yourself with the impossible.
The kitchen is one area that seems to magnetise a lot of plastic. This is a great area to start making some sustainable switches.
Here are some simple swaps we recommend to help you rid of plastic and start creating your zero waste kitchen:
Most companies have stopped giving out plastic bags to shoppers, however, there are still a large number of places that use them. Our reusable produce bags are a great first swap to help phase out lightweight plastic bags and it technically happens outside the kitchen. Our hot tip is to have these produce bags stored in your bag. This helps make the switch easier so that when there are shops you visit that give out plastic, you can reject it and use your own. This helps maintain a zero-waste kitchen as no plastic will be entering your home after a shopping trip.
Did you know that a year’s worth of discarded sponges from ONE household can take 52,000 years to break down in landfill? Luckily, our Green + Kind Dish Brush is a great eco-friendly option for cleaning your dishes in the kitchen. It’s made from beech wood, bamboo and sisal bristles, all of which are compostable. The stainless steel wire on the brush can be recycled with your local council. You can be rest assured your pots and pans will even have a thorough clean because the sisal bristles are tough on stains. The head of the dish brush is also replaceable, which makes these dish brushes last a really long time.
Plastic ziplock bags are often purchased because they are super convenient to store food and snacks and to take to school or work. In today’s world, every plastic option comes with a sustainable option. Our Silicone Food Pouches can do everything the plastic zip-lock bags do and more! Because they are reusable, they are more durable. This makes them great for meal prep, storing leftovers and freezing meals to help reduce food waste. They are as simple as washing and reusing. When they have reached their life, you can compost them.
Like ziplock bags, people hear the words ‘cling wrap’ and associate it with ease. To get rid of your plastic cling wrap problem, we recommend introducing our Vegan Food Wraps to your kitchen. They are perfect for covering up food bowls, sandwiches and snacks. You can even fold it to make a snack bag for things like popcorn.
These food wraps can last up to 12 months, they can even be rewaxed when wearing thin. Alternatively, they can be composted. The food wraps come in three beautiful prints so if you love avo’s, fruit or veggies, these prints will look great in your kitchen.
If you’re a veggie-lover, you’ll love having this Bamboo Veggie Brush handy in your kitchen. It is an environmentally friendly alternative to a plastic brush and is 100% compostable. When we peel vegetables prior to cooking, we lose so much goodness from their skin. So don’t peel your vegetables, scrub instead and retain that goodness! This brush also serves as a great dish brush.