This is going to be a pretty short blog post! I just wanted to share five easy zero waste kitchen swaps - ones that are great for beginners.
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Without further ado here are five things that I use in my kitchen ALL the time!
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1. french press:
It should come as no surprise that I LOVE my french press. I use it every single day. I use it to make tea, but if my husband wants coffee we can make that too.
And, spoiler alert… you can actually use your french press to strain your nut milk. Say goodbye to messy nut milk bags and HELLO to your french press.
I have a Bodum french press with a glass base and couldn’t be happier.
It should also come as no surprise to you that I LOVE my snapware. This was a zero waste swap that I wish I had made sooner.
I waited about a year before getting my glass snapware and it has revolutionized leftover food storage.
It’s so much easier to heat up and eat leftovers from snapware than in mason jars.
I use them to freeze leftovers, or pre-make things like casseroles that can be heated up at a later time. They’re also great to carry lunches to work.
The snapware containers can even be put in the oven, so it’s really a multifunctional addition to my kitchen that I couldn’t imagine not having.
I know that the lids are plastic, but I’ve had my snapware set for three years now, and I haven’t had an issue with the lids breaking. I do handwash my lids though and try avoid putting them in the dishwasher.
Check out this post if you’re looking for Zero Waste Dishwashing Tips.
3. mason jars:
Alright, I mean do I love mason jars more than snapware? I don’t know…. I do know that while I don’t love storing all my leftovers and lunch in mason jars I do love it for the pantry!
Of course, they’re also the ideal form of liquid storage i.e. nut milk, smoothies (did you know you can freeze smoothies?)
Having a clear, glass, non-branded container in my pantry allows me to see what foods need to be eaten and which ones I need to buy more of. It makes cooking meals faster, simpler, and most importantly PRETTIER. I mean there’s a reason everyone loves a pinterest perfect pantry!
Of course, you don’t have to go out and buy mason jars, you can upcycle them from many of the jars you already own like mustard jars, jam jars, pasta sauce etc.
And, I promise your pantry will look just as beautiful even if the jars don’t match!
4. compostable dish scrubs:
Did you know you’re supposed to toss your sponges after only two weeks! That adds up to a lot of unnecessary waste. It can also be pretty spendy.
Instead, why not opt for something like a compostable dish scrub? These bamboo scrubs can be composted at the end of their lives and last for years. My bamboo dish scrubs last on average 1.5 years, and i think that’s awesome.
5. beeswax wraps:
The last item in our quick rundown of easy zero waste swaps… the beeswax wraps. As a fair warning: Nala LOVES to eat beeswax wraps. She has eaten every set I’ve ever owned… except one!
I do love them to wrap up sandwiches and to wrap up plates/bowls of leftovers.
I have these organic cotton wraps from bumblebee wrap and I really like them!
What are your favorite zero waste swaps you’ve made in your kitchen?