For individuals who are interested in going an extra step to be green in their daily lives, attempting to go waste free in one’s home can be a big step in the right direction. However, when beginning the journey to having a zero waste home, many individuals find it surprising how much waste they produce, and they do not know where to start in reducing their waste output. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the process of becoming a zero waste household, it may be best to start the process one room at a time. Thusly, the focus of this blog post will be to give a quick overview of going waste-free in the kitchen as a step toward green living.
Buy Items Wholesale Using Reusable Containers
A great way to remove waste from your kitchen is to try to buy items that do not utilize packaging. Since you will not be bringing this waste into your kitchen, there will be less waste to exit it. The best way to purchase food without packaging would be to go to a wholesale store where you can purchase unpackaged items. Bring with you to the store food storage containers that can easily store and preserve these items and that can be reused later. If shopping container free is not an option in your area, try to reduce the amount of packaging on the food you buy by shopping in bulk at a warehouse type store. This will also lessen your carbon footprint as you will not have to make as frequent of trips to the store by buying in bulk.
Stop Using Disposable Items
Finally, to make your kitchen completely waste free, it will be necessary to stop using the disposable items many of us rely on in our kitchens on a daily basis. These disposable items include paper towels, paper napkins, disposable plates and silverware, as well as disposable food storage containers. While these items can be extremely useful, using them on a daily basis can create a great deal of waste in one’s home. You will soon find after not using these items that you no longer rely on them the way you once did. In circumstances where using these disposable items is unavoidable, consider purchasing environmentally friendly options that have been made from recycled materials.
Making one’s home a zero waste environment can initially seem like a daunting task. However, if you begin the process slowly, room by room, you will soon find that you are only producing a fraction of the waste in your home that you once did. Contact us to find out more about how you can be more environmentally friendly in your daily life.