Going green can seems a bit intimidating at first, but it doesn’t have to be if you follow my 5 easy swaps for a greener kitchen. You don’t’ have to go full-on zero-waste right away and you don’t have to be perfect at it either. You just need to tweak a few of your habits until they become your new habits. Here are some easy switches you can make in your kitchen to make it “greener”.
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1. Ditch the plastic wrap, instead use beeswax wraps
The first thing I did in with my “zero waste experiment” was to stop buying plastic wraps and plastic baggies. I was very surprised how quickly I got used to not using them. By ditching the plastic wraps, I was forced to be creative and use what I had on hand such as reusable containers.
I also made beeswax wraps to replace plastic wrap. They were super easy to make and use, and I’m quite happy with them so far. I’m planning on making more in the future. You can make your own with my easy instructions posted here, but you can also buy readymade beeswax wraps.
2. Ditch the synthetic sponge, instead use a dishcloth or a brush
Synthetic kitchen sponges, (you know, the soft yellow ones) are full of bacteria, and they are terrible for the environment. They are made of polyurethane, and may also contain polyester (on the scrubby side), which makes them non-biodegradable, they’ll stick around for hundreds of years.
There are many green alternatives to the kitchen sponge. You can use a dishcloth, a wooden dish brush, and if you are stuck on sponges, loofah can be another alternative (you can grow your own but I haven’t tried that myself)!
3. Ditch the packaging, buy in bulk
Ditching the packaging. There are alternatives to grocery stores. Buying products in bulk, such as at the Bulk Barn, using reusable jars will help reduce the amount of packaged waste we produce. Read my tips on how to get started on zero-waste shopping.
4. Ditch the K-cups, use a reusable coffee filter
I can’t live without coffee. It’s the first thing I reach for when I get up. But, K-cups are probably one of the worst inventions. If we know disposable plastics are creating waste problems… why did they invent this? I’m very happy with my regular ‘ol coffee percolator.
I don’t even use paper coffee filters for it. I have a reusable coffee filter that I’ve been using over the last 7 years. And if you are a Keurig fanatic, that’s OK too, they also have reusable k-cups for them too.
5. Ditch the Mr. Clean, make your all-purpose cleaner
The cleaners we buy at the all come in plastic packaging. You can either go to a zero-waste store, such as the Garden City Essential and bring your containers to be refilled, or you can make your own. You can follow my favourite recipe for an all-purpose cleaner.
So, to sum it up, you can easily have a greener kitchen with these 5 easy swaps, use beeswax wraps instead of plastic wrap, use a dishcloth instead of a sponge, buy in bulk with reusable containers, use reusable coffee filters and make your own cleaners. Once you’ve made these part of your lifestyle, how about finding 5 new ones?