A little over a month ago, I moved into my new apartment (still so excited about that!). Starting fresh meant one great opportunity for me: I’m finally able to cut plastic from my kitchen as good as possible. In my opinion, it looks way nicer – and of course, plastic may mean certain risks for your health as well.
Ways to go (almost) plastic free
Find alternatives to Tupperware | Everybody I know has an enormous supply of plastic boxes that takes over whole kitchen cabinets. I don’t own any and don’t even want to start buying them – we’ll see how that goes ;) For now, I’m taking my lunch to work in maison jars (a little self-consciously) and bought a great aluminium box for sandwiches. I’ll admit that it’s slightly less convenient than plastic containers, but for now I’m happy to stick with it.
Go for stainless steel kitchen appliances and tools | You only have to do a little (online) research and accept that you might not be able to buy everything at one store, but with a time you’ll find items that look much nicer and last a lot longer. I found a stainless steel electric kettle that looks really stylish and I’m buying smaller tools like spatulas either made from wood or steel. Easy-peasy!
Drink tab water | And cut plastic water bottles. This way you can save a little money too!
Take your own vegetable bags to the supermarket | I think it’s crazy how many vegetables are packed in plastic although it’s really unnecessary. A couple of months ago I bought two different sized vegetable bags to take to the supermarket for smaller items like mushrooms, strawberries etc. Bell peppers, apples, bananas and other larger fruit/vegetables go in my shopping basket without any packaging. Of course it’s impossible to go home without any packaged items, but wherever I can go without, I’ll try to.
Go for bulk packaging | Instead of individually wrapped items. This goes for sweets, bread, yoghurt, puddings and so many more! Take out the portion you want at home and stay away from all those plastic wrappers!
Do you have any other strategies or tips to stay away from plastic in your kitchen?
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