#zerowaste #wastefree #plasticfree
Have you ever taken a good look at your weekly waste and thought “good lord! How in the world did little old me create such a pile of garbage?”
It’s astounding the amount of plastic in our world these days. I am blown away every time I go shopping and see broccoli wrapped in plastic, I’m handed a non- recyclable disposable cup when I say, “for here” and at the plastic cutlery and napkins received when all I want is a bowl of soup.
This wonderful zero waste movement is one of mindfulness, awareness and simplicity. The old way of blindly accepting – is just no longer sustainable.
Instead of getting frustrated and baffled by the (in)action of others I decided it was time to make a big change in my own life. And so my foray into a waste-free lifestyle began. This past year has been a journey of discovery. I am happy to say living as waste-free as possible is easier and way more fun than you may think, not to mention wildly chic.
The beautiful aesthetics of a zero waste lifestyle is a benefit that I enjoy, whether that’s a neat cupboard of jars in the kitchen or unpacking a picnic that was packed in nothing but glass containers and linen bags.”
Here are some tips on how you can start your own zero waste living.
Have your own reusable items on you at all times. Your zero-waste kit should include:
Shop in Bulk stores!
Take your own bags to the store or market.
Avoid all packaged foods.
If you buy packaged goods think about how you can reuse them.
Eat out or take out? Take your own containers!
Support businesses that aim to be zero waste regardless of the type of business it is.
5 Tips to Reduce Waste in the Kitchen
1. Grocery Shop with a Plan – Take the time to make a list and plan what you are going to eat, that way you are only buying what you need.
2. Use ALL of your veggies – cut up broccoli stems and roast them or use them in a stir-fry, save veggie peels to make broth, use fruit that is getting soft in a baked good, sauté carrot tops, beet tops and stems from greens with a little olive oil and salt and pepper, they are delicious and full of amazing healthy nutrients.
3. Creatively repurpose leftovers – store soups or stews in single serving glass containers so you are more likely to eat them, put leftover roasted veggies on top of your salad, use leftover salad in a wrap, or make a power bowl with any and all of the veggies in your fridge.
4. Use your freezer – peel and freeze bananas that are going brown, they are perfect for smoothies, chop up herbs you can’t use and put them in an ice cube tray with olive oil to use later for cooking, keep nuts and seeds in the freezer to keep them from going rancid.
5. Make your own salad dressing – instead of buying plastic containers of sugar and preservative-laden salad dressing, simply make your own in a glass jar with a lid – olive oil, apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, and any herbs and spices you like. Its healthier for you and the environment.