Unbeknownst to me at the time, we started the road to the Zero Waste kitchen when we bought a compost bin. Back in 2003, I just wanted to start making my own soil and stop paying a lot for garbage service!
Since then, we’ve started practices that got us hooked onto finding ways we could increasingly decrease the garbage we created in the kitchen.
Way #5 Start the road to a Zero Waste kitchen by changing one thing/practice at a time.
Click on links for resources for each; After we started composting, in order, we’ve replaced:
- a lot of packaged food by buying in bulk: flour, rice, oats, popcorn, and dried beans by joining a food co-op (2004), and, later, a beef share from a local farm (2011). Storage containers have come from Freecycle.org, Goodwill and Crate and Barrel (with coupons, of course!)
- paper napkins with cloth napkins – from Kohls Department store clearance racks (using my 30% off coupon, of course!) and make-your-own. (2006) I started when the kids were young. Dear Husband eased into it just fine. The next item was not so easy with him.
- paper towels with rags from old clothes and fraying towels. This caused a battle with DH that has ended with a compromise to have a supply in the garage. I am happy to say we’ve had the same 3 rolls of a 4-pk of paper towels sitting in the garage for a year. (2007 – present)
- plastic straws with stainless steel straws from Amazon.com (2010)
- plastic vegetable bags, whenever possible, with either recyclable brown paper bags or mesh bags from Amazon.com (2010)
- plastic wrap with Beeswrap from a friend who was selling it wholesale. (2014) It can be found here.
It took me years to get to where I am now, and I am still learning and making new goals aimed at achieving a Zero Waste Home.
- goal: to bring containers from home to the deli counter of the grocery store
- goal: to someday learn how to can vegetables and fruit
Stay tuned for those posts, hopefully in the not-too-distant future.
Striving for Zero Waste alongside with you,