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The kitchen is the busiest part of the house, especially if you've got little ones. Here are some easy ways to reduce waste without having to change your entire routine.
The kitchen generates the most waste out of every room in the house. We have written countless blogs on how to reduce waste in the kitchen, but here are five straightforward and simple ways on how to get closer to ZERO waste in the kitchen. Just repeat the mantra in your mind, "zero-waste, zero-waste".
Shop with reusable containers and green bags: The easiest way to reduce waste is not allow it into the house in the first place. Shop with reusable mason jars. It may sound strange, but when shopping at the deli or fresh food and organic markets take mason jars and ask the employees to put the produce in the jars. This is a sure way to reduce packaging waste. Also shop with green bags, but you have all heard that one before!
Bulk: Reduce waste and accumulating excess packaging by buying in bulk when possible. This will minimise overall packaging as you will not be buying the same packaged thing each week.
Compost and worm farms: Set up a compost system in the backyard. All your food scraps will go into the soil or feed those hungry little worms.
Say no to disposables: Paper napkins, paper towels, cling wrap, plastic cutlery and cups, say no to all of these! Try using only washable cloth napkins and dish towels in the kitchen. As for plastic cutlery and cups, simple solution, do not buy them! If you do buy them for parties or other events, wash them and save them for next time.
Make/grow what you can: Grow a vegetable and herb garden for anything that you can. But there are other things you can make yourself such as bread, yoghurt and cereals. There are countless recipes online and you could turn it into an activity for the whole family. Remember these tips every time you shop for the kitchen or make food. Check out our blogs on growing your own indoor veggies, 17 vegetables you can reuse forever, and how to reuse your juice pulp. If you don't have time for these activities around the home, take a quick look at our shelf-life guide so you know exactly what your buying and how long it will last.
Repeat the mantra in your mind. You may have heard them all before, and kudos to all those already embracing these actions. But for those still searching and struggling for ways to achieve a waste free life, just follow these simple steps.
What you can do
Reduce wasting food by managing it better every day
Up to 30% of food we buy is wasted, at an estimated national cost of $5 billion-plus a year. Cut down on waste by not letting food go out of date, avoiding over-catering and looking after any leftovers.