Last week, I tried to help you make your bathroom more eco-responsible by suggesting several alternatives to the items used on a daily basis. Today, I am launching myself the same challenge, but, this time, for your kitchen.
In order to replace parchment paper, foil or waxed paper, there are versatile, reusable and washable baking sheets. From using it, I know the product works and lasts a long time. By the way, for those who weren’t aware, aluminum foil is recyclable, so you have to throw it in the blue bin after you use it.
Because cooking can also involve damage, I advise you to replace your paper towel with a cloth or even a washable paper towel (yes, yes, it exists!). Reducing your waste consumption as much as possible is also part of our civic duty.
For your morning coffee, you can find washable coffee filters. For your late night snacks, you can also get washable popcorn bags to whip up some homemade popcorn. You also always have the option, albeit a little longer, to cook your popcorn directly in a pan.
As much as possible, try to compost your food residues. Some cities are not yet served for food waste collection, but be aware that you can also make homemade compost, either in your outdoor yard or using a composter. The latter alternative is more expensive, however, but it succeeds in quickly transforming your food waste into fertilizer for your garden. What puts off some people when it comes to compost is the smell given off by the bin. Be aware, however, that there are smart bins that are successful in controlling irritants.
To preserve your food
Plastic wrap, commonly known by its English name “saran wrap”, is very practical, but not at all environmentally friendly. Beeswax films are ideal to replace it. They are washable and stick well to dishes. They are available in several formats. You will be able to cover your meals and your food in an eco-responsible way and in style. In addition, these films are generally compostable. It is important to read the use and maintenance instructions before using it.
Similarly, fabric covers can be used as a substitute for plastic wrap. Although there are different models of dish covers to apply to any type of bowl, the dish covers are often adjustable.
Finally, snack bags take the place of Ziploc bags . Also in fabric, they are easy to wash. They are beautiful, durable, and take up little space in the lunch box!
To wash the dishes
First of all, it is important to note that the dishwasher consumes a lot of energy and water. It is therefore not a solution to consider in order to make a transition to an eco-responsible lifestyle. The items that will be presented to you in this section apply to manual dishwashing.
Washable sponge, dish brush with refillable head, compostable and durable scouring pad (it does not rust, unlike steel wool), there are more and more offers for cleaning dishes. You just need to find the tool (s) that best suit your usual technique.
I also discovered a solid dish soap called dish cake. Dish cake recipes are available online, but you can also get them already prepared and potted. It only requires very little per wash, so it’s a product you can keep for a long time. The first few times you will probably be surprised by the sometimes strong vinegar smell of the product. Even so, this soap will eliminate the plastic bottle problem of the traditional liquid.
There is also a way to think about your grocery store in an eco-responsible way. First, buying food in bulk is suggested. Whether it is for fruits or vegetables, for pasta or legumes, for nuts or anything else, buying in bulk saves money and avoids food overwrapping. You just need to bring your own bags (there are several models of bags for fruits and vegetables, for pasta, etc.) or pots. While there are fewer bulk options in a traditional grocery store, you’ll still find some interesting finds.
Also, reducing your meat consumption is one of the most effective ways to reduce your ecological footprint. Red meat remains the most polluting. The purchase of legumes or tofu to compensate for the nutrients contained in the meat is much less expensive. If you are less familiar with these ingredients, there are many recipes online that will guide you to create delicious and original meals.
As much as possible, try to consume local products. Even if you can and have the time to devote to it, start your own garden!
In conclusion, I admit that some of the options presented above may be slightly more expensive than the conventional option. However, eco-friendly products will last you longer. It is a profitable investment for you and our planet. The ultimate goal is to adopt a zero waste lifestyle. As in the previous post, I am providing you with a list of local stores that offer some of the products named above. Obviously there are many more, so I invite you to explore for yourselves as well.