What we can do to reduce the number of useless things in our kitchen? The answer is we can reduce the amount of unnecessary waste in our kitchen from avoiding packaged food items to composting our food scraps we have made a lot of progress over the past few years.
Zero Waste Kitchen Ideas: 9 Super-Amazing Tools
We can center around arming ourselves with the right zero waste kitchen essentials. Below I have detailed our most used zero waste kitchen tools. Before we go ahead, you must know some important things you can reuse in your kitchen. They are reusable snack bags, beeswax food wrap, Silpat mat, reusable coffee filter, and stainless steel straw.
We may collect many jars of multiple sizes for storing things like bulk pantry food, spices, meat, and cheese, etc. We could easily get away with repurposing sauce jars, peanut butter jars, or whatever other glass jars you already have on hand!
As we know that funnels are helpful for neatly pouring tricky bulk ingredients such as quinoa or spices out of reusable bulk bags and into storage jars, too. When we pour cleaning solution ingredients into small spray bottle openings, funnels are incredibly helpful.
3. Dish Brushes
Do you like to use dish brushes? Same as me! A dish brush is super easy to use to scrub any stuck-on food bits from cookware and dishware. We can use it for a bottle brush when cleaning trickier items like water bottles, baby bottles, and the inside crevices of our coffee pot.
4. Refillable Soap Pump
If you like to use liquid dish soap, try purchasing it in bulk containers and funneling it into a reusable soap pump. Another even less wasteful alternative worth trying is dishwashing bar soap.
5. Glass Spray Bottle
Another item for our Zero Waste Kitchen is an oil-based paint pen to label each of my spray bottles. We can always maintain one for countertops, another for windows and mirrors, one for showers and bathtubs, and another multipurpose bottle for floors and other surfaces.
6. Cloth Napkins & Kitchen Towels
We use up most of the towels over the course of seven days or more, so we always wash a load of kitchen towels just once a week and we’re good to go. We also use cloth napkins instead of paper. They are reusable and easy to wash.
7. Food Storage Containers
Sometimes we use jars for storing leftovers in the fridge, however, it is far easier to scoop leftovers into square/rectangle containers than small-mouthed jars. Glass food storage containers are a great option because we don’t have to worry about filling them with hot foods or microwaving. Also, stainless steel containers are great for lunchboxes because they are lightweight and durable. Remember they should never be placed in a microwave!
Store food waste in a compost container on our counter or in your freezer during the week. Then, drop it off at a designated location the day we do our grocery errands. We can compost in your kitchen or backyard.
9. Grocery Shopping Kit
Try to prevent waste from ever entering our kitchen by shopping with a zero-waste grocery kit. Our kit includes canvas totes, reusable bulk bags, mesh vegetable bags, jars, and a water-soluble crayon or washable marker for writing bulk bin numbers on our bags.