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Zero waste is something we all need to consider if we want to live better. That’s why, when it comes to living sustainably, there’s no better place to start than in your home.
One of the biggest issues, we are faced with today is waste and if we don’t all help out and do our bit, then things will just get worst for future generations.
According to the Australian National Waste Report in 2016, Australia produced about 64 million tonnes of waste, which is equivalent to 2.7 tonnes of waste per capita. Almost 60% of this was recycled, which is a good thing but that still leaves a staggering 25 million tonnes in the landfill. All of this remaining waste sits at landfills impacting the environment and climate change.
In this series, we bring you helpful tips on how you can reduce your waste as well as your carbon footprint. How? By going zero waste at home.
How to go Zero Waste at Home
To help you with your efforts in going zero waste at home, we’ve started a blog series to assist you. The first blog in the series is about how to go zero waste in the kitchen. Seeing that most families spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and a lot of waste is generated here, this would be the best place to start.
Here are 8 tips on how to go zero waste in the kitchen
- Start with storage. How do you organise and store things in the kitchen? Start by using reusable containers, like the Tupperware or glass containers for bulk items like flour, seeds, spices and other foodstuffs.
- Buy in bulk. Whenever you can, buy in bulk. That way you generate less waste and don’t have to shop so often. This can be good for the budget conscious as well and if you have excess items, you can always share with neighbours.
- Avoid single-use products. Especially single-use plastic, like water bottles, which is probably one of the worst types of waste as it takes forever to break down. Shop with reusable shopping bags like cloth bags, tote bags and other eco-friendly bags. We reuse all our glass containers in our kitchen, from vegemite jars to coffee jars.
- Reuse food. This is a great way to go zero waste in the kitchen. All that produce sitting in the fridge about to go waste. There’s a perfect meal in there waiting for you to prepare. Just get creative and google search recipes, you’re bound to find a great meal you can whip up. For more help on reducing food waste, check out Love Food, Hate waste for tips.
- Start a compost, worm farm or use that green waste bin. If you have a garden, then you got to have a compost for all your food scraps and green waste. For help on starting a compost, read https://www.organicsociety.co/composting-tips-how-to-setup-your-own-compost If you don’t, you should start using your green waste bin more often.
- Buy less stuff. Yes, that’s right. Stop buying stuff that you don’t really need or things that you won’t use. Don’t buy into the hype of having more than you need. All this in turn just goes to waste and ends up needlessly in the landfills.
- Use less water. When washing dishes or fruits and veggies, we tend to run it under running water. Instead of wasting water, be more water efficient. Use water-efficient appliances if you can, like a dishwasher or reuse the water for your garden.
- Recycle. This goes without saying, plus it’s not that hard once you get in the habit. Teach the kids how to recycle and the importance of recycling as well.
There are many ways you can go zero waste in the kitchen and the above list is just a few. If you have any tips to go zero waste in the kitchen, share it below and let’s help each other live better by living more sustainably.