There are so many simple and easy swaps you can do in your kitchen to start reducing your plastic. Little changes every day or even every week can add up to make a big difference over time!
When it comes to cleaning, look for items made of natural fibres like cotton or coconut that can be easily composted in your home compost bin at the end of its life.
Coconut fibre is the best choice for brushes as its naturally antibacterial so it won't get smelly or mouldy. There are some amazing scourers
brushes to replace those plastic ones. You can use these knowing you won't be adding bits of micro plastic to the waterways while using these items or contributing to landfill at the end of the products life.
For washing dishes either refill your dishwashing liquid bottle at your local bulk bin store or go back to basics and invest in a soap shaker
with a bar of dish soap
. To use the soap shaker you just give the shaker a swish and a shake under hot water for soapy bubbles.
If you are a bit crafty you can knit your own cotton dishcloths, these are the perfect sustainable replacement for those ugly supermarket brought cloths that just end up smelling. Just pop in the wash as needed and when it’s ready to be replaced just pop in the compost for disposal. Click here to see how to make your own cloths.
If you aren’t up for knitting you can buy a SPRUCE cloth
made from cellulose blended with cotton, one cloth can replace up to 15 rolls of paper towels plus can last 9-12 months! These can break down in 5 weeks in a compost bin for eco friendly disposal.
When it comes to cleaning have a go at making your own products. Invest in some key bulk ingredients like baking soda, castile soap, essential oils and white vinegar, you will be able to make your own cleaning products that will save you money in the long run and are also not full of yucky chemicals. Want to swap your bottle of JIF? Try this Peppermint Cleaning paste
, amazing for kitchens and bathrooms. For this and other suggestions for cleaning with Baking Soda click here
And for those like the ease of buying pre made cleaning products refill your old containers at your local bulk shop. You can buy everything from Cleaning Spray to Dish Washing Powder! If your containers are a little worse for wear after lots of refills, grab an Amber Glass Spray Bottle
or an Amber Glass Lotion pump bottle
for your products, not only do they look good sitting on your bench top the glass will outlast the plastic bottles.