The kitchen is a tasty place. We cook, we eat, we sustain ourselves. Yet many of our kitchen habits are a missed opportunity to practice sustainability. Most of which are readily changeable during one moments choice. Buy a different brand, save a few glass jars, invest in beeswax wrap. Choices that are kinder too, on our oceans.
Here’s three to get us rolling.
Dishwashing liquid / dishwasher tabs / soaps
After we’ve soaped up our dirty dishes and pulled the plug, our sink full of slippery
liquid goes on to live another life. Off it swims down the drain, round pipes, and
pushed through filters, yet a myriad of harmful ingredients are not broken down and
instead slip out into our oceans habitats. Bleach and microbes. Heavy metal
concentrations that turn water dark and murky blocking out sunlight, disturbing the
growth of underwater neighbourhoods. And turbidity, which evokes illness in some
fish. This can be said for dishwashing detergents, dishwasher tablets, soaps, and
any other cleaning product that goes down your kitchen sink.
While storing food is a great way to save on waste, and plastic containers are handy, our environment, and in particular our ocean, is immensely polluted with single use plastics. The kitchen is often a place of leftover jars from recent sauce dishes, old condiments, tasty pickles, and so on. So why not store your kitchen goods in upcycled jars? And bonus, it just looks cooler. With the added reminder, every time you scan your kitchen, that you are taking a step toward reducing your waste. So save the old jam jars, stuff them with leftovers, and pop a few succulents in the nicest of them all – or use a bunch as extra cups whilst hosting your next
And for those items without lids, or to be taken out as snacks, bees wax wrap it.
These fun wraps hold securely by naturally moulding to an object, are easily
reusable, and smell wonderful. You can find them at local health stores, often
markets, and at many online retailers such as these.
Fruits / veggies / condiments
While it can be great to eat an array of juicy fruit all year round, it’s not really
necessary. The miles put on produce sourced from far and wide racks up a decent
amount of airplane and boat miles, and therefor pollution. Some of these big boats
trawling though our oceans at a cost. Not to mention the herbicides and pesticides
used to keep these shiny skins looking fresh. If you can, buy produce within the
supermarket that it sourced within the country, or enjoy a morning market of local
growers, genuinely fresh fruit, and neighbourhood herbs – if you’re not sure where to find them, reach out to your local council for info.
Help our oceans out by getting a little more sustainable in the kitchen. And let us know what’s worked for you in the comment section below!