Yay for a new post about my current favorite topic (is it? Well, one of my many favorite topics…): my more and more plastic free household. I the past few posts on the plastic free topic, I have been sharing all kinds of ideas, DIYs, and products for a plastic free bathroom. Today, let’s have a look in the kitchen and in a few everyday situations, such as grocery shopping.
I have a few very easy tips and tricks for you, to avoid plastic in your everyday life. Even though these changes may seem small for you in the first place, just think about how much plastic could be saved if just a hundred people would take them into consideration in their daily habits TODAY!
1. Use a glass or stainless steel water bottle in place of disposable plastic water bottles. They are not only better for the environment and for your health but they also come in various pretty colors and designs (have a look at these beautiful ones). Also, use stainless steel lunch boxes whenever you are bringing your own lunch or snacks with you. I have mine since 20 years (no joke) and except for a few dents it is still perfect.
Bring your own glass/metal bottle or thermos when buying drinks away from home. Don’t get takeout food in Styrofoam containers which are a major source of plastic chemicals and waste.
2. Switch to reusable grocery bags instead of plastic or paper bags. These are available at most stores and you can also find them online (like this one here).
Bring lightweight mesh bags to the store to use for produce and glass jars for products such as nuts, seeds, grains etc.
You can also use jars to store the different products in your kitchen. Not only does it look much better than having a bunch of plastic bags all around the kitchen but it also makes it easier to find the different items. I always keep the jars from peanut butter, mustard and stuff, wash and reuse them, both as drinking glasses and as storage jars.
3. Stop buying processed foods that are packaged in plastics. This is a huge step for your health on its own, but it will also reduce the amount of plastic waste we produce each year.
Shop at farmers markets and look for shops where you can find unpacked food items like pasta, rice, chick peas, etc. In Germany you will be able to find unpacked food in many organic shops, in the US I know that Kroeger has a special section for unpacked food, and I am sure there are options in your country as well :).
4. Use wood and metal utensils, silverware and bakeware in place of plastic. There are tons of options out there! I love cookings spoons made from bamboo (like this one) but also use a lot of metal kitchen utensils. By the way, the pretty storage jars with the wooden lid are from Iran and they remind me every day of my perfect vacation in this beautiful country.
5. Keep your eyes open for innovative alternatives on the market. The other day I came across a great alternative to plastic wrap: abeego is made from bees wax and works as well as any cling film. It can be used up to one year and is simply washed off any stains after using. Since cling film is one of the things I found hard to compensate for when I decided to reduce the amount of plastic in my house, I was very happy when I got to know abeego. You can find it online in plastic free shops like the beautiful monomeer.de shop or at laguna.de which is another great shop for all plastic free products.
I find it really awesome that plastic free online shops are available today – it makes it so easy to switch to are more sustainable lifestyle. And this blog post hopefully helps a little too 🙂
How do you like my tips and tricks? Do you have any to share with me? Where do you try to avoid plastic in your everyday life? I would love to know!