The kitchen is defiantly the most used room in the household, everybody uses it and it can be stuffed with more and more plastic then you think. I can show you what you can easily change and get almost plastic free in the kitchen.
1st thing first is that there is no point of replacing something that is made of plastic that can be used for a long time. If you have a great cooking spoon made from plastic that will last years and years, what’s the point of wasting it. The idea is to reduce plastic intake so it reduces plastic outtake.
Alternatives to plastic in the kitchen
It might be hard to get to that level to become totally 100% plastic free in your kitchen or house but we sure are going to work on it. We hope you get as much info from this as I would like to read myself. Make sure that you give us some ideas as well on the comments below section.
As I stated above, this is not about throwing and wasting everything and starting afresh. It’s about changing what you buy in future and slowly replacing everything that’s plastic free.
Shopping First – No Plastic bags
One of the most common things especially in Europe is when people go shopping they don’t take anything with them but bring back hundreds off plastic bags home with them and what happens to them? goes straight in the bin.
If you have not already started to, get yourself at least 5 bags for life. And after you use them for shopping put them straight back in your car boot so you never forget them.
We could do a massive article about what to shop for for less plastic, but we will write that soon but the obvious is this.
- Don’t buy plastic wrapped Fruit & Veg, Use paper bags
- Take your life bags with you
- Try to Buy Liquid Detergents/cleaners or anything else In recyclable materials(if not bulk buy)
- Look for brands that are ECO instead of your usual brands (drop in sales will make companies change)
- Don’t let your kids get their own way, they will want to buy everything, especially things in shining plastic
Go Clean Thats Plastic-free
Cleaning cleaning cleaning, it’s a job that most of us hate but some thrive on(they do actually love it). What do we have all under our kitchen sink? cleaners for kitchen, bleach, washing up liquid, oven cleaners, glass cleaners, stain removers, specialised cleaners for certain objects like microwaves and god knows how many over plastic bottles you got under there.
This is time for a change, The best way to start is buying all your cleaners that come in cardboard boxes or some other recyclable material. If you can’t do this then try to bulk buy your cleaning products and fill/reuse the original bottles. Less waste is better.
For help with cleaning, use cheap dishcloths that you can buy or cut from old clothes. As using kitchen rolls or toilet paper to help clean you are just going to waste them by throwing away. With cheap cleaning cloths, you just throw in the laundry and reuse a lot.
Environmentally Friendly Storage Containers
One of the first things you can start looking at that will take a bit of time converting too is plastic‑free food storage. Whether or not you have started to do plastic-free shopping or not (one step at a time) its good to start here.
Glass Jars/Glass food storage containers
For storing foods like rice, pasta, cereals, spaghetti etc I used to use airtight plastic boxes but when they started to break I replaced them with airtight Glass jars that keep the food fresh for longer.
A good tip for glass jars is to only buy the size you require as you want the jar to have as little of oxygen in them as possible. Also, the benefits your cupboard size if you keep to the minimum size required.
Another benefit of glass jars is that you can see whats in side them so you can get what you want quickly even if it’s in the fridge.
Freeze Glass Jars
Guess what you can even freeze the contents of the jars in the freezer and don’t worry about them smashing. They won’t as long as you got good thick glass jars and you don’t overfill them.
No Need To Buy New Glass Jars
Its true, If your on a tight budget, you dont need to buy new glass jars just for the sake of it. Recycle, wash and reuse jars from Olives, pickles, salsa, pasta sauce and so on. You get the hang of it.
Stainless steel food storage containers
Keeping all your food cooler than a plastic container would, reusable steel containers are ideal for packed lunches, fruits, salads for when you are at work or school. Reusable and no plastics.
Alternatives To Plastic Wrapping.
One of the main things we do in our kitchen is to over-wrap everything in plastic wrap. Which is great to preserve our foods and keep the little critters off it but still plastic is not welcome anymore.
Here what you could be using instead of plastic wrapping.
Wax paper is a better alternative to plastic wrapping and you can reuse it multiple times but the trouble is when you dispose of it you only have a few options.
You can’t really recycle it cause it is been covered in wax and that really does not go well in the recycling processes.
Unless your wax paper is biodegradable you really can’t drop it in your compost heap. Make sure you it is.
Check out Our eTee Food Wraps Review. Organic beeswax Wraps
We all know that foil is not the best but it’s better than plastic. you can use it multiple times, rewash and reuse and when it is at the end of its life recycle.
Paper bags can store easily in the fridge with sensitive products like figs, dates and all sorts of berries. You want the paper bags with no plastic windows. The downside is that paper bags are not so reusable but the will easily go in the compost or recycle bin.
You know you can wrap up certain things that love a bit of air, some things do. Some herbs and produce like ventilation and the best thing about cheesecloth is you can wrap cheese in it. Woohoo.
For quick wrapping, there is nothing wrong with using a CLEAN cloth napkin. Fruits, vegetables and even a sandwich will keep it protected for hours. Then you just throw them in the next wash.
Fabric bowl covers
Having got a lot of glass and steel storage, you won’t want to buy more and more of them and you having a lot of bowls in your kitchen (assumingly). Putting food into bowls like pasta, salads, fruit, berries and whatever you like. Just throw a fabric bowl cover and hey presto – protection.
Wash and reuse.
How About Silicone storage bags.
Reusable zipper silicone bags are great for practically anything. Cereals, rice, pasta and even soups. They last for a very long time (if you buy quality ones) and they can be reused so many times.
Kitchen Tools That Are Plastic-free
Kitchen tools are the thing that is most used in your kitchen (do you believe it lol). As you get through your plastic spoons, knives with plastic handles and anything else that’s covered in plastic. (remember not to replace them straight away, just when they break as you just creating more waste).
You will replace them with plastic-free kitchen tools, like ceramic bowls, wooden spoons, metal spoons, metal spoons with no plastic handles. You get the drift.
It does not have to be expensive as you can buy them from charity shops and I will say this as well being a hypocrite. We have bought plastic kitchen tools in the past from charity shops as there already been made and we think instead of wasting them use them. (but it’s not the overall goal).
We can slowly replace all the little things like plastic straws with metal ones too. Plastic plates, plastic knives etc. These kinds of things are worse as the waste is unbelievable. Even at kids parties, We would prefer broken plates to plastic plates in our oceans.
Lets Go Plastic-Free Washing
So after getting rid of all your plastic bags that we do not like anymore, how about plastic-free washing. After all, it is more plastic that we will throw away. We all hate washing up really but if we’re helping the environment then it will help (a little) about doing your chores.
Plastic-free dish washing
Let’s start with dishwashing. Washing dishes by hand can be a chore, and while there’s no getting around that, there are ways to make doing the dishes a plastic-free experience.
Less Plastic Washing-up liquid
We say less plastic washing up because unfortunately most washing up liquids come in some sort of plastic, whether it’s plastic bottles or plastic in a box but we have seen companies starting to and hopefully will take over using other containers.
But the best way to start is to buy big bulk washing up liquid plastic bottles, at least 5 litres you want and we can start refilling the little plastic bottles that you already have. The goal here is to throw less plastic away than you normally do.
Sponges Or Brushes
We all know that you can’t just wash up with washing liquid alone, you need some sort of brush or sponge to help your elbow grease to do it.
Stainless steel scrubbers are a good start and even though they can be a bit pricey, they do last and in our experience get the job done best.
Wooden dish brushes are also a great alternative to those horrible plastic ones. The bristles can be made of natural fibres, metal or even wood. You can even replace the bristles when you need to.
If you still like using a sponge then you can, there are so many plastic-free sponges out there now. which is a great thing!
Plastic-free dishwasher detergent
Using a dishwasher isn’t the best practice for energy consumption but sometimes it’s a need (only a few times we use it) but companies are selling their dishwasher tablets in cardboard boxes and they are starting to use water-soluble wrapping which is good for all of us and the environment.
Just make sure your getting dishwashing tablets that are purchased in recyclable cardboard and water-soluble wrapped.
Some great tips above in this Youtube video channel Alice Ford, On how she goes plastics free in the kitchen
Will update this page when we can for more ideas of “How to go plastic free in the kitchen” If you have some comment below and let us know.