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Last Updated on November 2, 2020


If you’re an avid chef, you likely know how many disposable materials get used and thrown away when you’re making a big meal. Around the holidays especially, it can be disheartening to see so much plastic goes to waste. Whatever you are making in the kitchen this season, it will definitely boost your spirits to be able to claim a zero-waste meal. 

Below are some of our zero waste hacks to help you stay environmentally friendly in the kitchen. With these simple tips, you can reuse more and throw away less. They are all eco-friendly, convenient, and affordable solutions to packaging, water, and food storage waste.

Plastic Wrap Alternatives

Due to the rise in popularity of environment consciousness, there are hundreds of new alternatives to dangerous materials. Rather than using the regular plastic wrap this season, try one of these eco-friendly wraps for your holiday cooking:

  • Beeswax Wraps: These food protectors from allow you to preserve food without any plastic and can be reused for up to two years. They work just like plastic wrap, fitting to the shape of whatever object you choose to seal. They are also ethically handmade, antibacterial, washable, and certified food safe.
  • Glass and Tupperware: While basic, these containers can store most foods safely without leading to waste of non-neusable plastic wrap.
  • Soy Wax Paper: Like plastic wrap, these can reach around your food and cling to it. These can be washed and reused on your next batch of food, which leads to less waste.

Bulk Jars

As you go on your next shopping trip, you may notice just how much waste there is in packaging and boxing. One easy solution is to opt for washable and reusable bulk jars. Rather than purchase your foods pre-packaged, scoop them from bulk sections into easy storage jars. This skips the packaging step and gives you no waste from shelf to kitchen.

You can label your jars with dry erase marker so that you can swap them out for other foods easily without wasting paper or sticker labels.

Use All Water

Don’t let your water just run down the drain as you wait for it to get hot. There are lots of uses for tap water, so be sure to collect it in a bottle or jug along the way. Water can be used later for boiling, washing produce, or even wiping the counters down when you’re done. It is a simple conservation tip, but over time it can really add up.

Consider the energy required to treat and filter water with Berkey to get it to your tap. If you let the water run until its hot three times in a week, that adds up to over a hundred times a year. Even if it only ran for one minute each time, that means gallons and gallons of water were wasted. Saving some of this to use later can make a massive difference in the long run.

The Bottom Line

  • Plastic wrap alternatives are easy to find and work just as well. With a quick rinse, you can reuse the same material over and over again. 
  • Bulk jars save on the massive amount of packaging commonly taken home on a grocery store trip. Not to mention they tend to give your pantry a bit of pizazz. 
  • Saving water can make a massive difference in the course of the year. 

Consider some of these zero waste kitchen hacks next time you cook a big meal. You’ll be surprised how great it feels to finish cooking with an empty trash can.

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