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Let’s Talk Trash


Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen produces the most waste. Yes we need to recycle, but it’s even more important to avoid creating trash in the first place. Here are a few ways to do this:

1. Shrink our landfills by purchasing kitchen tools and equipment that will last many years and that you really will use. For instance, forgo short-lived Teflon-coated cookware for stainless steel or cast iron skillets, they will be around so long your grandchildren will be cooking dinner with them. Think twice before you buy that plastic kitchen gidgetybob… are you reeeealy going to use it?

2. Use durable glass, metal or reusable plastic containers for storing leftovers. Challenge yourself not to use plastic wrap or bags for a week, invite your family and friends to join in. It is a great way to become aware of how much plastic we use… and how easy it is to avoid it once you get into the habit. We use plastic shower caps, glass pie dishes and dinner plates to cover bowls of food. What tips can you share with us?

We LOVE our glass canning jars. We use them to store leftovers, and to store our bulk pantry goods like grains and pasta. They even come with us to school and picnics.

3. Always keep several reusable grocery bags in your car, that way they will never be forgotten. And even if they are, they are just a quick jog to the car away.

4. A way to reduce the number of plastic water bottles in the world is to keep a pitcher of water and a few reusable water canteens ready to go in the fridge. If you need to, use a pitcher with a filter or install a filter directly onto your kitchen tap.

5. Instead of using paper towels and napkins, buy a stack of reusable dish cloths for cleaning and use cloth napkins at the table. It looks better, it’s more economical and you’ll save a few trees.

6. Dip into the bulk bins. You will have less packaging to dispose of and it will cost you less as well (and you get to store the goods in those nice canning jars we keep talking about).

7. Compost! If you have a garden, get a compost bin. Some cities give them away free. The amount of trash in your bin will reduce at the same speed as your garden will grow.

8. Join a farm share, less packaging, more delicious and you are supporting a hard working local farmer.

Those are a few of our tricks to keep the kitchen less trashy. Do you have more ways to share with us?


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3 Responses

  1. Thanks for these great tips! We always try to use glass containers vs. disposable plastic. Avoids the BPA issue too. We also try to reduce waste in our lunchboxes. Cloth vs. paper napkins, reusable drink containers vs. plastic bottles. Here’s a great infographic on why…

  2. Kimberly says:

    Get chickens! They love scraps. I took a bowlful of scraps out to the barn before dinner tonight and had all 40+ chickens going nuts.
    Ok, that may not be practical for everyone, but this idea is: keep a container in your freezer (large canning jars will work) as you prep your veggies for eating and cooking, put the ends and peels in the container. Just collect them as you can and when you have a potful dump them in water and boil them down for vegetable broth for soups, etc.
    You can also have separate containers for types of meat scraps as well ie, chicken bones, skins, parts in one, beef scraps in another. Same idea, boil the meat and veg together for more flavorful broths as well.

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