Deciding to make some changes to reduce waste and single use plastic consumption is a great first step, but where to next? It can all feel a bit overwhelming.
We’re here to help.
The kitchen is the perfect starting point as there are many simple swaps that will lead you to a low waste kitchen in next to no time.
From Plastic Bags to Reusable Produce Bags
Prevention is always better than cure, so let’s start by preventing some plastic from even entering your home. Reusable produce bags are the perfect substitute for the plastic bags found in the fruit and vegetable section at the grocery store. Think about how many varieties of fruit and vegetables you purchase each week (beans, snow peas, grapes, cherries, the list goes on) and multiply that by 52 - that’s a lot of plastic bags over the course of the year.
So, buy yourself a couple of packs. One to be in use, storing your produce at home, and one to keep with your reusable shopping bags ready for the next trip to the shops or farmers market.
They can even be used for keeping things organised in other areas of your home, from toys to suitcase organisation. Our bags are machine washable and made from organic cotton, so at the end of their life they are totally compostable.
From Cling Wrap to Beeswax Wraps & Silicone Food Covers
Covering leftovers and wrapping sandwiches in cling wrap will be a thing of the past. Instead, you can swap cling wrap for a more sustainable and reusable option - beeswax wraps or silicone food covers. Both come in different sizes to accommodate a multitude of uses.
Beeswax wraps use the warmth from your hands to mould into shape. Our wraps are made in Melbourne using anti-fungal and anti-bacterial products so they actually keep your food lasting fresher for longer - winning! We love using them in the school lunches to keep snacks fresh. Give your beeswax wraps a wipe down after use or a rinse in cool water and they’re good to go again. With good care, they’ll last 6-12 months.
The silicone food covers can be put in the dishwasher or washed by hand in warm soapy water. They need a clean, dry surface to ‘stick’ to, so sometimes you may need to wipe away any condensation with a tea towel. These reusable gems are BPA-free, freezer safe and will last forever!
These two swaps alone will make a huge difference to your landfill bin, but we’re only just getting started!
Already spotted a couple of easy swaps to make? Right this way.
From Plastic Zip Lock Bags to Silicone Food Pouches
It can often seem like the easy option to just grab a plastic zip lock bag to put some cut fruit in or a bread roll to take on a picnic, but why use plastic when there’s a reusable, eco-friendly option? Enter the Silicone Zip Lock Bag.
With a simple slider to open and close the bag and to keep things airtight, they’re simple to use. Plus, they stand up on their own, so there’s no fiddling around trying not to spill anything.
SO MANY things will fit into these 1.5L bags. You can use them to store your pantry staples, like muesli or nuts, to freeze fruit for smoothies, at the bulk food shop or to store Lego or craft supplies. A great tip is to use them for storing veggie scraps in the freezer which you can then use to make vegetable stock. They’re definitely a multi-functional product that can be used throughout your home.
If your Silicone Food Pouches need a freshen up, pop them in the dishwasher or wash by hand with warm soapy water.
From Baking Paper and Aluminium Foil to Silicone Baking Mats
Our favourite swap are these Silicone Baking Mats. Not only do they decrease our waste footprint, but they make cooking so much easier!
Firstly, there’s no more hassle trying to cut baking paper to the right size. Simply roll out the mat onto your tray or mould into your tin in seconds. No matter what you cook, the food NEVER sticks!
If you’re cooking a meal for a family, there’s often more than one tray right? Think a tray of roast vegetables, plus a meat tray. Or a double batch of cookies for the school lunches. For this reason, we have multiple mats in our home - two for sweet and two for savoury. For more ideas and info, check out our guide to silicone baking mats.
How many times per week do you use baking paper? Probably several times. Using these mats daily will save metres and metres of baking paper and expense, each year. And imagine not having to put baking paper and foil on your shopping list again - that could be one less aisle you have to walk down!
Avoid using your sharp knives on them and these mats will last the test of time. To clean, simply rinse off straight after use and then wipe with warm soapy water.
So now you can delete cling wrap, plastic zip lock bags, baking paper and aluminium foil from your shopping list. By swapping to these reusable and sustainable products you’ll no longer have to wheel that landfill bin out to the curb each week, you’ll be saving a lot of money and you’ll be cooking in a low waste kitchen in no time!
To delete some more things of your shopping list, check out our full kitchen range.