A great checklist for going zero-waste in the kitchen via Pure Green Magazine
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I’m not sure I paid that much attention to it. All the plastic, I mean. Specifically the plastic in my kitchen. But once I did…
…I saw it everywhere.
It was wrapped around my food, and spilling out of my pantry, and overflowing from the cabinet next to the fridge. My brushes were plastic. My utensils were plastic. My food storage was plastic.
This excess of plastic could have bothered me from an environmental standpoint. But to be honest, it was the attractiveness and natural beauty of the non-plastic alternatives that motivated me to start looking into ways to reduce and replace the plastic in my kitchen.
Since starting, I’ve learned from much experience that reducing plastic in the kitchen is easier said than done. Plastic is popular for a reason: it’s convenient, it’s practical, it’s effective at many, many things.
So when I read this article from Pure Green Magazine, I felt like it was an excellent roadmap for reducing plastic in the kitchen. Full of eight doable steps like getting rid of plastic wrap and parchment paper, the article also shares suggestions for replacements. And it says this:
“Swap one thing out at a time so that the process feels manageable and you aren’t trying to break many habits at one time—it increases the chances of lasting change and success.”
This little piece of advice, I think, is the key. Take it one step at a time. In spite of the gorgeous pictures of natural kitchens on Pinterest, getting there isn’t an overnight process. Replacing effective and convenient plastic items takes time, and sometimes a little adjustment.
So if you’re looking for a way to remove plastic from your kitchen, this list is a great place to start. Just don’t try to finish in one day.
P.S. This list has even more ideas for going zero waste at home. Some I’ve tried and some I haven’t. Maybe I’ll try putting together a little course based on these lists and put them into a calendar for you to download and try out ideas in baby steps. Would you be interested in something like that?