Plastic is everywhere. It’s on your shoes, in your bathroom, in your kitchen but also in the oceans. Marine debris are known to be the cause of injuries and deaths of numerous marine animals, either because they become entangled in it or they mistake it for prey and eat it – see Greenpeace report here. But plastics are not only bad for the environment, they can also be extremely harmful to human health – see bisphenol A.
Here are some tips to reduce your plastic use in the kitchen and your plastic wastes.
- Use reusable shopping bags: I always have a foldable shopping bag in my handbag. I like Envirosax but if you know of some reusable bags produced in your area / or if you are good enough to make one that’s event better.
- Buy products with as little packaging as possible
- Prefer fruits & vegetables loose (as opposed to prepacked)
- Buy in bulk: prepackaged food in super sized containers means less packaging (it’s often cheaper too)
- Prefer glass or paper containers
- If you have to buy food packaged in plastic containers, check the “plastic number” to see if it can be recycled.
Cooking & Storing
- Try to avoid plastic utentils and bowl. Don’t forget that if you heat up plastic utensils, food containers or plastic wraps some chemicals, such as phthalates, can be released into food or beverage. If you want to cover a dish prefer kitchen paper or lid to plastic wraps.
- Cook: It’s healthier, often cheaper than pre-packaged food and there is no packaging to dispose of.
- Take your own lunch to work: Again, it’s cheaper, healthier and there is far less packaging to dispose
- Use reusable containers: I have replaced all my plastic food containers by jars and they are just perfect to keep leftovers, freeze herbs or bring your lunch to work. That’s also a nice way to reuse them.
Any tips to reduce plastic use and waste in the kitchen?