Your Guide to a Zero Waste, Eco-Friendly Kitchen
My zero waste and eco-friendly journey began a few years ago. It started with a few small conscious steps and looking back now those steps paved a path I continue to walk on. As humans we will never fully be zero waste because of the nature of our world, but taking space to learn and understand the simple steps we can take to make more earth friendly decisions is a beautiful place to start. One of the best lessons I have learned on this journey is to begin with one aspect of your life you want to transform instead of overwhelming yourself with a complete overhaul of eco-conscious living. Since we tend to use the kitchen the most and it can produce a significant amount of waste, I wanted to share some of the best tips and tricks I have acquired to transform my kitchen into a zero waste, eco-friendly inspired space.
Explore Composting in the Kitchen
Yes, you absolutely can compost in your kitchen without worrying about the smell of decomposition. Start with a small composting tin and don’t forget to switch the filter every 4 to 6 months. The trick to unscented composting is layering material and avoiding placing any animal products in the composting bin.
Bulk Up Your Pantry
Buying in bulk has changed my life. Being able to store more while creating less plastic waste is such a freeing experience. It also brings a minimalist aesthetic that helps your pantry feel less cluttered and more organized. This is also a great opportunity to re-purpose mason jars and glass jars to further your zero waste, eco-friendly journey.
Invest in Reusable Grocery Bags
This has become a global tip for zero waste, eco-friendly living. Especially with more research available about how detrimental plastic bags are to the environment. You can find reusable bags at most grocery stores, online, or even retail stores. I like to keep a few in my car just in case I forget to grab a few from the pantry before I head to the store.
Let Go of the Store-Bought Cleaning Solutions
We are all guilty of buying into the “new” cleaning trends and scents for our home, but I have found a simple, powerful, and eco-friendly solution you can make right in your kitchen and use to clean any room in your home. Here is what you will need:
1 Part Vinegar to 4 Parts Water
Essential Oil of Your Choice for Scent (a few drops)
Glass Spray Bottle
This cleaning solution is safe to use around pets and children, but please remember that some essential oils may be dangerous for pets, so ensure you are using the right ingredients for your family.
Are you ready to transform your kitchen into a zero waste space? Take a deep breath and simply begin. This is a lifelong journey that will only leave this earth better than we found it.