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The kitchen is one of the best places to find ways to reduce waste. The normalcy of single-use paper and plastic makes it easy to create a shocking large amount of trash in a short period of time. Often, there is no way to handle the waste other than sending it to a landfill. Luckily, more conscious kitchen replacements are easily available.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Silicone straws
- There’s been a lot of ruckus about single-use straws. Silicone straws have the advantage of being soft and flexible, like plastic. This set comes with a cleaning squeegee to help get everything out. They can also withstand high temperatures and can be cleaned on the sterilization feature available on some dishwashers, or boiled on the stove-top.
- Silicone cup cover
- One popular parenting life hack is to cover a cup with plastic wrap, poke a straw in it, and give it to one’s young kid. Viola! Instant covered drink. These serve that function just as well, with the added benefit of being reusable.
- Silicone baking mat
- Parchment paper is a wonderful multi-tasker. I used to use it for baking, rolling dough, just any task that I needed a surface. My silicone mats have replaced most of my parchment paper needs. I think they work better in the oven, and they help roll out a beautiful pie crust.
- Silicone baking cups
- These are really handy little things. Obviously, they help reduce the use of paper or foil baking cups when making cupcakes or muffins. They are also nice for using as a container divider, or a dressing holder in a lunchbox. Their uses seem infinite, and they are pretty easy to clean.
- Silicone bowl covers or Beeswax covers
- This pair creates the ultimate in plastic wrap replacement system. They can tackle anything that you’d use plastic wrap for. The bowl covers also help lower the amount of dedicated food storage containers you need.
- Silicone bags
- How many zip-top plastic bags do you use in a month? What do you use them for? I used under ten, and almost exclusively for raw meat storage. These bags freeze well, easily hold a pound of ground meat, and are relatively easy to clean.
- Water bottle
- A classic nalgene bottle for on the go drinks. Any water bottle is useful and handy. They make it easier to avoid impulse purchasing of drinks, and the waste that goes along with it. (Not shaming the occasional purchase, the frequent or daily purchasing of items without reusable containers is what needs to be addressed.)
- Travel silverware
- It’s always good to be prepared. Single use plastic flatware is common and easy to avoid with a basic travel set like this.
Next time, we’ll go over fabric replacements for single-use items, like paper towels or make-up removal wipes.
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