If you are starting out on your journey to reduce your plastic (good for you I might add!!) your kitchen is an easy place to start, and let’s be honest, the kitchen is the heart of the household.
Going plastic free in your kitchen is a great way to teach your kids about the importance of not using single-use plastic as well as a constant reminder to yourself to be more Earth Friendly.
Below I have for you my top 5 budget friendly ways to kick plastic out of your kitchen.
1. Reusable Lunch Bags
I can’t even tell you the amount of waste and plastic I see in kid’s lunch bags these days. So much so, I am going to be following up this post with how to go waste free with school lunches. It really is a terrible thing, and such an easy fix!
I hated packing sandwiches, crackers, veggies etc in small plastic bags and not having them come back at the end of the day. I just knew they were going in the bin and not coming home to be washed and re-used (seriously, I get made fun of all the time for this) #wastenotwantnot
These little bags have saved me and they even go right in the dishwasher at the end of the night. If you have more room in your budget, there are some super cute ones too, but they typically run a few dollars a bag. I like the variation in the above bags – so thats what I went with.
2. Re-usable coffee filter
The amount of K-Cups being trashed now could wrap around the planet 10 times! Guys, this is such an easy fix. Either invest in a proper coffee maker (with a re-usable coffee filter!) or at the very least invest in these re-usable k-cups if you only want 1 cup of coffee in the morning. Besides, who drinks only one cup of coffee? Do those people actually exist?
3. Silicone freezer bags
Again, I am still washing and re-using my plastic freezer bag (I know gross, don’t judge me) so when they finally hit the recycling bin, I am going to be investing in these silicone freezer bags. You can freeze them (Hello freezer to crockpot goodness!) and then pop them right in the dishwasher when you are finished. Plus, what’s not to love about these colours?
4. Glass Storage
I am the queen of leftovers, and if you aren’t already, you should get on board. Not only are you saving so much time by either re-heating or re-inventing your leftovers, but you are saving some precious money.
I have two sets of these glass food containers, and I especially love that they clip on and off making it even easy for my kids to help themselves. I have used the glass bottoms and plastic tops before, but the tops always wear out within a year leaving me with more trash. Not good! These are WAY better.
Almost every single day when my kids come home from school, I make them a smoothie, and you know smoothies just aren’t very good without the straw right?
Right away I invested in these colourful straws that I can pop right in the dishwasher when I am done with them. I love these colourful metal straws, super durable and so easy to clean. I love these straws!
So now that you have removed these items from your kitchen and replaced them with earth friendly products, what now? You recycle them! Don’t put them in the bin, pop them in your recycling bin to be re-purposed.
Just make sure that eveything you are putting in the recycling bin is clean, if it’s dirty it often gets trashed – which kind of defeats the purpose right?
Want to learn more about the #planetorplastic challenge? Check out NatGeo and make your own pledge. It’s AMAZING how quickly you can reduce your plastic by making a few simple changes.
Lots of LOVE! xox
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