There is no doubt: The spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, is intimately linked to our lifestyle. Of course, this health crisis forces us all to reflect on our impact on the world and to change our habits to mutually protect one another (ex: wearing a mask, frequently washing our hands, etc.). What if we take this opportunity to adopt environmentally friendly behaviors, especially in the kitchen? As you know, our family started going green about two years ago. Without pretending to be perfect, I will give you a few tips and ideas here to become - as much as possible! - zero waste.
Zero waste kitchen: being environmentally friendly is the key!
According to the website RECYC-QUEBÉC, an average household throws away approximately 140 kg (309 lb) of food per year. That's sad! And add to this paper towels, straws, plastic food wrap, snack bags, plastic bottles, coffee cups, vegetable bags, scouring sponges, etc. But the good news is that we can easily all do better. All we have to do is to learn to consume in a more responsible manner.
How to be more environmentally friendly in the kitchen?
- Plan ALL meals for the week.
- Prepare a complete list of products you need to buy before going to the grocery store.
- Only buy what you need.
- Avoid prepared meals, individually wrapped snacks and impulsive buying.
- Bring your mesh bags and grocery containers to buy fruits, vegetables and meat, if the store allows.
- Reuse your store's marinade or sauce containers to store pasta, beans, flour, etc.
- Choose local, and if possible, organic products.
- Opt for grocery stores offering bulk (ex: food, cleaners, etc.)
- Use food packaging with or without beeswax to store leftovers.
- Use overripe fruit and vegetables for cooking (ex: jams, cakes, sauces, etc.).
- Freeze leftovers in individual portions.
- Have a leftover meal day.
- Reserve one afternoon a week to prepare meals for later.
- Share portions that are too large with colleagues, neighbours, family and friends.
- Don't throw away anything that's still useful - even if it's made of plastic! - to replace it by a more environmentally friendly option.
- Avoid buying kitchen items coming from China (ex: Dollarama).
- Repair your defective appliances.
- Replace single use products (ex: parchment paper, straws, paper towels, sponges, snack bags, coffee filters...) by long lasting or compostable versions.
- Use bar dish soap.
- Choose ecological cleaners.
Pssst! At Twiggzy, we have many alternatives to disposable products. Use our search tool. If you don't find what you're looking for, just write to me.
Zero waste picnic: the essentials!
The arrival of our beautiful summer will certainly make you want to organize a picnic with the kids, and with reason! Eating outdoors allows us to change our ideas and observe nature together as a family. This is especially good for us during our confinement period! Even though it's easy to use disposable products when planning an outing, I strongly recommend that you opt for reusable items, such as:
- unbreakable water bottles or cups;
- bamboo utensils (Ola Bamboo);
- stainless steel or bamboo straws (Ola Bamboo);
- cloth place mats, paper towels and napkins (DelycaStef, Kliin);
- sandwich bags (DelycaStef, Öko Créations, Les créations Mado);
- snack bags (Öko Créations, Les créations Mado, SAKSAC, DelycaStef);
- reusable plates and dishes;
- a discarded blanket, a large beach towel or an old rug;
- insulated bags, a basket or a cooler.
Mother Nature will thank you! 😉
Need some advice? Contact me... I have lots of great ideas!