Cutting down on single use

24 April, 2020

Reducing plastic in the kitchen

Modern life can be busy and in the quest for convenience, one of the prices we frequently pay is with the increased use of single-use plastic. While the idea of going completely plastic-free isn’t sustainable for many busy workers and families, there are some simple things you can do to reduce the use of single-use plastics in your family’s kitchen. Let’s take a look at some of the ideas.

Cut your use of plastic wrap

Plastic wrap has become a kitchen commodity for a reason. It’s super convenient, helps keep those bits and pieces of leftover foods fresh and the roll takes up minimal space in your kitchen draws. But on the downside, it’s not recyclable and is frequently over-used when with just a little bit of creativity we can use other options. Here’s some ideas to reduce plastic wrap in your kitchen:

  • Beeswax wraps are a popular alternative, with many brands available online or the super keen can even have a go at making your own.
  • Reusable silicone wraps and bowl covers are a fantastic replacement for many uses of plastic wrap.
  • And of course, don’t forget the humble reusable plastic container, with many brands
    available in your local Woolworths.

Use reusable produce bags – or just go without

When you’re whipping around Woolworths Metro at Chatswood Interchange, grabbing the apples you need for lunchboxes and some carrots for dinner, think about if you really need to buy the pre-bagged ones or to put them in a plastic produce bag. Grabbing a set of reusable produce bags is great for buying things like loose snow peas, beans and salad leaves, and lots of bulkier fruits and vegetables can just go in your basket loose.

Cook your own

We know, we know – after a long and busy day at work, it’s super convenient to grab a ready meal to heat and eat when you get in. And we do it too, no shame in taking a helping
hand every now and then! But having a repertoire of quick and easy meals for after work can reduce your reliance on ready meals and the associated plastic waste that comes with them. Simple, but nutritious meals that can fit in even the busiest of nights include tray bakes, grilled meats and salads, and the suitable for all times of the day classic, omelettes. Cooking your own even just one or two nights more than you usually would can have a big impact on the plastic waste footprint of your kitchen.

Share your tips for reducing plastic in the kitchen

Reducing single use plastic in the kitchen doesn’t mean everyone striving for a perfect plastic free lifestyle. Lots of people taking imperfect action in ways that fits their lifestyle is a lot more useful than a handful of people being 100% plastic free. So let us know the small but significant steps you’re taking to be more mindful about how you’re using plastic at home and your ideas for cutting back.