Every day, more and more people are doing their part to make the world more sustainable. Along with daily encouragement, there is a rising number of ways we can help protect the planet. And there are even more reasons to do so. For example, not only do we want to live in a healthy world, but we want our kids and their kids to grow up in one as well. Not to mention their kid’s, kids- You see the pattern; and that’s only the beginning.
So, if you’re wondering how your family can join in, there’s good news; because there are plenty of options! A huge step in a sustainable direction is turning your home and habits into a zero-waste zone. As a family, one of the places that’s used the most; is the kitchen. It’s where a lot of our days not only start and end but is frequently visited in between. From on-the-go snacks to coffee and trash, there are many things that stem from this area.
Still not sure where to begin? Not the worry. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed, but even just one step at a time will get you on your way.
So, whether you dip your toes or dive all the way in, here is a list of everyday items you can use to turn your kitchen into a zero-waste zone! And soon you will see change and progression towards a more sustainable home.
Glass jars are so simple and convenient. They can store anything from sauces and salads to leftovers. In most cases, you can even use them to bake in as well. Talk about a one-pot meal.
Cloth Grocery Bags
Cloth grocery bags are awesome. That is, as long as you remember to actually bring them into the store with you. But really, It’s best to keep some at home and in your car… and sometimes having to walk back to your car to retrieve the forgotten bags. Hey, extra steps- right?
In all reality, groceries will fit better in these bags, and you’ll feel great walking out with a few cozy bags vs. 20 plastic ones.
Reusable Snack Bags
Snack bags are an exciting factor on their own. But when they have cool designs on them and can be used throughout many days and adventures; they’re even better.
You will be amazed at how much use you’ll get out of these!
Stainless Steel Straw
You’ve seen the turtle slogan, right? Well, that’s where this straw comes in. You can use it repeatedly, and even have one tucked in your bag for travel.
The idea of pulling a portable straw out of your bag might sound funny, but it’s well worth it in the end.
The great thing about bamboo is, it won’t scratch your pots and pans. Thus conserving the life of your cookware even longer. Not only that, but they’re very affordable.
In addition, they’re strong, durable and biodegradable.
As a strong and health safe material, metal lunch boxes are the way to go. They’re very sustainable and won’t shrink over time. You can count on metal to get through extra mileage and bypass a little banging up.
Because these are made to last, you won’t have to invest in different lunch boxes each year.
Silicone Storage Bags
If you love the convenience of a Ziplock bag, you’ll love silicone bags. They’re the same concept, but these guys can be used hundreds of times.
They vary in sizes from snack to the freezer gallon and although the upfront cost is more than a box of Ziplocks, the cost, in the end, is a win.
Reusable Coffee Filter
While you could debate the flavor on paper vs. a stainless steel filter; there’s no debating which one is kinder to the earth. A steel filter only needs to be purchased one time and can be used over and over again.
One thing is for sure, you’ll never having to worry about waking up to no filters again. And even better, you’re minimizing waste! Win.
Beeswax Food Covers
Beeswax is taking over plastic wrap one dish at a time, and it’s much more durable as well. Not only are they naturally sourced from tree resin and jojoba oil, but they help conserve the food for a longer period of time.
To top that off, they can last a whole year!
As far as leftover food scraps go; fruits, veggies, coffee grounds, and tea- a compost is fantastic. You can easily make one out of a large bucket, or invest in an already made one. This not only reuses your food source, but it makes the best soil for your spring garden! Now that’s a recycling celebration.
In the end, having a zero waste home is much more in our reach- especially with kids. There are plenty of options out there which are becoming more available at everyday grocery stores. Even one step at a time will help conserve the earth for generations to come!