Ah the mighty kitchen…where so much waste happens.
My boyfriend and I love to cook and eat…who doesn’t…but this opens up the opportunity for a high amount of trash, wether that be food scraps or packaging. With that in mind it was extremely important for me to transition my kitchen to an eco friendly and sustainable space as much as I could.
Over the past year I have tested out and incorporated a good amount of changes and today I wanted to share with you my favorite low waste friendly kitchen swaps! They have made such a huge difference in how much waste we are creating, especially plastic wise.
Below is a YouTube video so you can watch to find out what you can incorporate into your daily lives to make a huge impact on the planet…or if you would rather read, scroll on down!
This method I have actually been doing ever since I was a child growing up in Lithuania. We drank a lot of tea and most of it was bought from tea shops which meant we use loose tea. Most tea bag and strings unfortunately are not recyclable AND non compostable which is a huge issue. The easiest way to solve that is by buying loose leaf teas and using a tea infuser instead. The infusers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and all teas can be purchased in loose leaf form. I personally really love the ability to control how much tea I am using and adding in more for extra flavor.
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This is one of my favorite new discoveries. Many big stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Turnip Truck (which is possibly a Nashville thing) have coffee grinder machines which means they have whole coffee beans dispensers. Using this service allows you to purchase fresher coffee in paper bags instead of non recyclable plastic bags that coffee usually comes in. It also is much cheaper! Win win!
You can get your GLASS COFFEE JAR here!
I LOVE THIS LITTLE MUNCHKIN! Seriously, the best four dollars I ever spent. Coffee filters cannot be recycle which means you end up tossing them. Why do that when you can save money and some trash? I picked this up at a Publix and now I never have to worry about running out of filters! I just compost my coffee grinds, rinse this and it’s ready to rock and roll.
You can get your REUSABLE COFFEE FILTER here!
These are great not only because they eliminate single use plastics but also because they are so sturdy and come in so many convenient sizes. I love using them to organize my veggies drawers and keep everything separate and to store left over food in. They are awesome for travel and you could honestly even use these for when we all start traveling again. You would never have to worry about the plastic breaking and your liquids exploding everywhere.
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These are freaking amazing! They are the perfect replacement for saran wrap and actually even better. Did anyone else used to fight left and right with those to get them to stick?? Bees wax paper warms up from the heat of your hands and is moldable into any shape! I use it to cover cups, bowls, mason jars, and the list just goes on. If you are fully vegan they have vegan alternatives to this.
You can get your BEES WAX PAPER here!
What a simple way to eliminate useless plastic. Did you know regular dish soap is usually diluted with water? It’s also full of chemicals and is usually sold in plastic bottles. You can sometimes recycle them but not always and sometimes only parts of it can be. Usually the pumps have to go to a landfill. The best solution is using dish bars. They are dehydrated forms of dish soap that come either with minimal recyclable packing or none at all if you are buying at a sustainable store. You can also bring your hand soap bottles there and get those refilled as well.
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This swap is by far the easiest! Just try to limit or completely stop using paper towels. Everything you need to do in the kitchen can be done with rags/ fabric towels. I would suggest getting organic cotton rags since they are the most absorbent and clean the best. You could even cut up your old T-shirts and use that. Once they are dirty, just toss them in the washer and in a couple of hours you can go back to using them. This is also a money saving hack!
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What a genius invention for people who don’t want to give up oil sprays. You can fill this bottle up with any oil of your choice. Al you do is pump it and out comes the oil in a spray form. This is wonderful for the times that you want a light oil base versus dumpling oil into a pan. I tend to accidentally over pour every time I use oil so this is a must have for me.
You can get your MISTO OIL SPRAYER here!
My boyfriend and I drink sparkling water like it’s no ones business. Our recycling was always full of tin cans until this Christmas when he got me this baby. This is by far my favorite low waste swap. I love having control over what water I use, how much bubbles I have and what flavor I put in the water, although most times it’s none because the regular water tastes so good. When your tank is empty you just take it to a retailer and they fill it back up for you for a low price. So you are not only saving money but also the planet from the tin can overtake!
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Well there you have it! These are all of my favorite swaps so far. I hope you already do some of these or will incorporate at least one into your new daily routine. One small step is a huge slice of hope for our planet!
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Thank you for reading! XOXO, Rutele.
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