Zero Waste in my Kitchen

What’s going out in your bins tonight? If you want to reduce your bin’s weight, and streamline things in your kitchen, how about putting your kitchen on a diet? Here are four ways for sustainable weight loss.

  1. Stop the bin juice

    You can smell it, that pong that drifts as soon as you open the lid of the bin. As you take the bin outside, you see the juice trickle out all over the floor, trail back through your hall and into your kitchen. Well, ladies and gentlemen, it need never happen again. Please say hello to the compost bin – it will reduce the smelly odour of your mixed bin and will never leak all over your floor.

    Using a compost bin, ‘what a faff’, I hear you say. Don’t be silly. Do you have a garden? If you do, then it’s easy. Some councils offer compost bins at reduced prices. You can also install an outdoor bin next to the garden shed and then you will have a beautiful fertiliser for your plants.

    No garden to speak of? Then why not install a worm compost in the kitchen. It will take all your kitchen waste including meat and cooked food. The earthworms are happy to eat your apple cores and you get to have new pets. Win-win. Do you have a very small flat? You could also share a composter with your neighbours. Speak to your local council about it.
  1. Just like Granny used to do

    Open a fridge in the 21st century and you will find cling film on the unfinished Sunday roast, aluminum on slices of ham; everywhere, food is coated with artificial materials. In 2017, bid farewell to aluminum foil, plastic film and paper towels! Not only are they expensive but they are also accused of being toxic. Getting a divorce is easy – just replace them with an army of pretty tea-towels.

    To preserve food in the fridge, one simply needs a plate to cover it. It can also be placed in a jar or storage box, preferably in glass. And when you go on a picnic or bring friends a dessert? Small bulk paper bags can also be a good alternative and they are reusable!

    Another useful and fun object to make is beeswax fabric – a washable food cover and 100% zero waste. As the name suggests, it only requires two ingredients: wax and a nice piece of fabric. Just scatter a little wax on the fabric, place in the oven at 80 degrees for 3 minutes. And voila, you’ve got a waterproof fabric that will pack your sandwiches and other foods. You can also use it to cover a dish in the fridge, replacing the plastic film.
  1. Throw away the sponge

    What is yellow and green, ugly and stinks? It is time to swap your sponge for a tawashi. This square of woven fabric originates from Japan and is super simple and quick to wash. As a bonus, the tawashi goes in the washing machine. It is ideal to have several of them and to turn them over when one side is dirtier than the other. Then when ready for the machine, pop it in and it will come back like new.

  1. Green Cleaning

    Many washing up liquids in supermarkets are made with harmful chemicals, and aren’t very environmentally friendly so why not make your own? Test and choose your favorite option: white vinegar (thanks to its degreasing power) and/or castile soap which cleans very well. Some also use 15-40 drops essential oil (lime, lemon and orange are great for cutting grease). For cleaning pans, get a nice wooden brush, available in most health stores or kitchen shops. It is bit of an investment but worth it. And if that’s a little too much for you – keep your old bottle of eco-liquid, you can recharge it in bulk stores.

    What are you tips? Share below!

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Katie Roche

Katie Roche

Katie is editor of The Food Assembly blog. She enjoys writing about community, food, sustainability and how it all fits together.

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