If you love to cook, or even if you don't, waste is a common kitchen denominator. Between food scraps, single use packaging, non recyclable materials, attempted culinary failures, and cleaning supplies, it's easy to watch the waste bin fill up in a kitchen. Our current global production system is built to be linear, not circular, which can make living with less waste quite the challenge. Below are some of my favorite waste reduction tools that I use on a daily basis in my kitchen.
On the left, my stainless steel compost bin helps reduce food waste. I simply place my food scraps in the bin and then once a week I take the food scraps to my local farmer's market or compost drop-off site (depending on the season). This is a great way for people who live in apartments to compost effectively. If you don't live near a farmer's market or compost site, there are many municipalities that offer compost pick up services. It is also entirely possible to construct your own compost bin and practice vermicomposting with the help of worms. If you have a yard, you can create your own compost pile, which is an entirely different ballgame! My hope for the next year is to transition from carting my compost to the market to composting on my own in my apartment. Whatever works for you, we all have the capacity to compost.
On the right, my DIY dish washing soap helps me keep my cleaning products relatively package free and waste free. I make my soap by boiling 1 cup of water, grating roughly a 1/2 cup of castile bar soap into the hot water, and adding 2 tablespoons of baking soda. It's incredibly simple and effective. I keep my soap in a glass mason jar with a stainless steel pump to keep my kitchen materials as plastic free as possible.*
Front and center, my plastic-free, plant based dish washing brush.* Plastic dish washing tools are designed to live a short life in our homes, but last forever in the trash. This brush is a great alternative to plastic brushes, sponges, and synthetic materials. Once the brush head has met the end of its life, it is entirely compostable and can be placed in my compost bin above. That's what I call full circle!
*Both my stainless steel pump + plastic-free dish washing brush are available for purchase on lifewithoutplastic.com