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Plastic Free: Kitchen

Plastic Free: Kitchen

 5 Quick Kitchen Swaps to Reduce Plastic Waste

SWAP: Cling film for beeswax wraps

Saving leftovers is environmentally friendly, but there is a better alternative to covering them with non-biodegradable cling film. Beeswax Wraps can be moulded over your container to make a tight seal, keeping food fresh without the risk of plastic leaching in. Best of all, Beeswax Wraps are reusable after a wash in cold soapy water. The wraps also come in multiple colours and patterns which will brighten up your leftovers.

SWAP: Plastic milk bottles for glass milk bottles

Fresh glass-bottled milk is worth it – especially for the cream on the top! There is also something nostalgic about opening the front door early in the morning and quickly grabbing the bottles before a neighbour sees you in your dressing gown. www.findmeamilkman.net/ is a great place to search for your local milk delivery.

SWAP: Plastic drinking straws for wheat drinking straws

Straws are not a kitchen necessity for all but for people young and old who have difficulty drinking from a cup, straws are an essential part of staying hydrated. Ecostrawz make wheat drinking straws which are compostable and biodegradable. Concerned about a wheat allergy? Try Ecostrawz natural bamboo drinking straws which are dishwasher safe and biodegradable when they reach the end of their usability.

SWAP: Disposable plastic laundry and washing up liquid bottles for refills

Ecover laundry and washing up liquid bottles can be refilled at many health food shops, saving you money and reducing the amount of plastic hitting our landfills. There is no limit to how many times you refill one of their bottles. One customer has been refilling the same bottle of washing-up liquid for over 10 years, now that is dedication.

SWAP: Plastic shopping bags for cotton or canvas bags

With the 5p charge now in place in supermarkets, the use of plastic bags has already begun to decline. We are all human – we forget our bags sometimes (and our shopping list, house keys, and wallet, no – just me?). Have spare bags everywhere – keep 5 in your car, and 5 in your kitchen, 1 in your handbag or coat pocket, 1 up your sleeve, 2 in your bra, attach 1 to your dog’s collar – never get caught out without one and the planet (and your pocket) will thank you.

 

 



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