How To Reduce Plastic Waste In Your Kitchen
From food packaging to kitchen accessories, using plastic has become part of our kitchen and food prep routine. With these 8 simple swaps and tips, you’ll be on your way to using less plastic in your kitchen today.
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Take a look in your pantry, fridge and cabinets and you’ll probably find a surprising amount of plastic food storage, kitchen accessories and single-use plastic. The good news is that it’s easy to swap or phase out plastic items and replace them with more sustainable options.
It can take up to 1,000 years for plastic to degrade (1). The less plastic we use and throw away now, the less plastic will crowd our landfills and pollute our environment in the future.
No matter how conscientious we are at recycling, only 9% of the world’s plastic gets recycled (2). That’s a pretty depressing statistic. And 90% of the debris floating on the ocean’s surface is plastic (3). All those cute seals and dolphins and penguins can get entangled in or ingest the plastic that we throw away. Yes, that’s on us.
Of the 300 million tons of plastic produced every year, half of that is manufactured for single-use products like plastic water bottles, coffee cup lids, plastic straws and coffee pods (4). With a wide range of buying options, we can choose to be more conscientious consumers and reduce plastic waste.
Start with these 8 simple steps to cut down on plastic use in the kitchen. It’s up to us to stop using and throwing away so much plastic.
PHASE OUT PLASTIC KITCHEN ACCESSORIES
I’ve found that plastic kitchen accessories like mixing bowls, cutting boards and large plastic utensils (pasta scoops, slotted spoons, etc.) start looking ragged after a while. Instead of replacing well-used plastic kitchen accessories with more plastic, purchase products made of stainless steel, glass or bamboo.