You're probably here because you're just starting your zero waste or eco-friendly journey and want to continue making easy swaps for a sustainable lifestyle. If you've been following along with our "Sustainable Folk Friday's" Blogs then you're probably starting to see the pattern.. we're all about simple, affordable swaps!
Today we're discussing one room of the house we all probably spend an insane amount of time in. The Kitchen. It's arguably the heart of the home. It brings us all together, memories are made in it, and stomachs are fed thanks to it. So it only makes sense for us to want to make it as eco-friendly and affordable as possible.
Check out the list below for some simple swaps for our kitchens:
1. Plastic Sandwich Bags: By 2050, there will be more plastic in the world's oceans than fish (by weight). That's a terrifying fact but we can do our part to reduce the amount of single use plastic by cutting down on products such as plastic sandwich bags. By purchasing reusable bags such as silicone ones, you're reducing your plastic pollution greatly. The average family of four in Canada uses 1,000 plastic sandwich bags a year. The average silicone reusable bag gives you up to 2,500 uses in its lifetime - at minimum!
2. Plastic Storage Containers: Similar to plastic bags, plastic storage containers are often not recyclable and usually end up in landfills. Swap out your plastic for glass or metal alternatives and get longer usage.
3. Plastic/Cling Wrap: Plastic wrap is one of the most wasteful single-use plastic products in your kitchen since it also cannot be recycled and is usually used for such a short amount of time before being thrown away. There are two main zero waste swaps that can be used instead. The first is the silicone lids which are washable, reusable, and will last a long time. Another easy and all-natural way to ditch the plastic wrap is to swap for Bee’s Wrap, which is a sustainable food wrap that works like plastic wrap but can be washed, reused, and even composted.
4. Sponges: Washing our dishes usually involves lots of single-use, disposable plastic including sponges and scrub brushes. In order to avoid the bacterial growth you're supposed to replace your sponge often, which creates a ton of waste! Fortunately, there are many biodegradable, compostable, and reusable alternatives available. Eco-friendly alternatives include bamboo dish brushes, washcloths and biodegradable sponges.
5. Single Use Coffee Pods: Using a reusable coffee or tea pod for your device will cut down on your single use plastic usage by a lot! Just think, if you have a coffee a day - a reusable pod will save 365 single use pods from ending up in a landfill.
These are just a few swaps you can make, but I'm sure you can think of many more!! Once you start making alternative choices its hard to stop. Let us know if you have any other tips, tricks or information, or just want to chat! We'd love to hear from you !