Learn how you can adapt your kitchen life to make it greener and more sustainable.
We’re all looking at ways we can alter our lifestyle to become more sustainable. So much so that Pinterest have named conscious consumption and low-waste living as one of their biggest trends for 2020. If you’re looking to be more sustainable in the new year, why not start with one of the busiest rooms of your house: the kitchen?
Choose high-quality kitchenware
Usually, poorly made, low-quality homewares will have a short lifespan. And, when it breaks or you grow tired of it, you’ll probably send it to landfill and buy another. If you invest in high-quality, well-made kitchenware, it’ll last you a lot longer. Try to shop for timeless styles and quality pieces that won’t fall victim to fleeting trends. This way, you’re more likely to love it for years to come.
If you do grow tired of your cookware or tableware, instead of throwing it away, you can easily find another purpose for it. For example, you could recycle old teacups into candle holders. Or, turn old rice bowls into small plant pots for your garden.
In the UK, we use around five million tonnes of plastic each year, according to a government report. But all this plastic ends up in landfill, gets burned, or heads into the sea. So, try to avoid plastic waste and buy loose fruit and vegetables where you can. You can also search for whole foods and zero waste shops in your local area. These will let you fill your own containers with dry foods like rice, pasta and cereals.
If you’re hosting a party, try to avoid disposable plastic cutlery and plates. Instead, shop for high-quality ceramics that are durable and dishwasher safe. This way, they won’t get damaged easily, you’ll have less washing up to do, and you’ll be helping the environment, too!
Pick basic pieces
When stocking your kitchen, have a think about the items you really need. Often, you can use some pieces for a wide range of functions. For example, you can use pasta bowls as rice and dessert bowls, too. You should also look for ceramics that you can freeze or microwave as a great alternative to your usual plastic storage boxes. This way, you can use them for cooking, serving and storage all in one.