What if you went zero waste in your kitchen? We'll show you some of the habits you can put in place on a daily basis.
Starting a more responsible consumption approach is not easy. You have to review all your habits and routines to modify them as you go along before you can adopt the right zero waste reflexes.
The kitchen is the room, along with the bathroom, where we consume the most waste. Whether it's plastic packaging, plastic bottles or plastic film, your dustbin can quickly overflow.
How to declutter your kitchen?
To start your zero waste approach in the kitchen, you need to de-clutter your cupboards and sort your waste first. How do you do this? By taking out all your utensils, crockery and kitchen accessories stored in your drawers and sorting them. Ask yourself: do I use this utensil regularly? Is it essential?
If the answer is no, you know what you have to do! Sell or donate to associations before throwing away an accessory.
Once your kitchen is tidy and sorted, you can begin your more responsible approach.
What habits should you adopt for a zero waste kitchen?
To do this, you have to start by changing your consumption habits. Here are the ones that should be given priority:
- Buy in bulk
If you want to reduce your waste consumption as much as possible, start by buying your products in bulk. No more plastic packets of pasta, rice or other starchy foods, use reusable bags to store your bulk products.
Of course, it is also possible to buy fruit and vegetables, cereals and many other products in bulk. It just requires some organisation. By choosing to buy in bulk, you will reduce your waste considerably.
- Use reusable cloth bags
As mentioned above, reusable and washable bags, such as mesh bags, cloth bags or cloth pouches, will allow you to hold all your daily shopping while reducing waste. The reason? You'll stop buying bags in the supermarkets.
The right thing to do: don't leave home without all your reusable bags.
- Choose the right utensils and accessories
Equip your kitchen with the right utensils, those that will be essential to your daily life and made of responsible and sustainable materials. For example, opt for products made of wood or bamboo, such as containers, bamboo plates, glass jars and reusable tea towels.
You can also buy useful accessories such as bamboo or stainless steel straws, reusable beeswax food wrappers - they can replace plastic wrappers.
The Bamboo House website offers a wide selection of everyday products to help you change your habits little by little.
- Consume better
For a zero waste approach to work, you must also consume better. How can you do this? By changing certain habits. For example, by going shopping at the local greengrocer rather than the supermarket down the street or by opting for short-distance food products.
- Adopt compost
Finally, if you feel ready to go all the way with your more responsible approach, you can opt for compost.
What is compost? Compost is a biological process of decomposition of organic waste. Composting allows you to throw biodegradable waste into a compost bin so that it decomposes naturally. This waste will then become a natural fertilizer.
Ideally, you should have an outdoor area to start your own compost bin.
However, there are now intelligent composters for flats, the price is slightly higher. Count on between 20€ and 150€ to have a compost at home.
Remember, the idea is not that you should be perfect from day one. A more responsible consumption approach can take time. The aim is to support you as best we can in the beginning of your zero waste journey.
Ready to start?