How To Eliminate Plastic Waste From Your Kitchen

Sadly, our kitchens are a hotbed for plastic waste. Cling film, food containers and straws - sometimes it can feel like our kitchens are consumed by harmful materials. 

At Bower Collective, we recognise the need for working towards a sustainable future, and we’re committed to creating plastic-free homes that are beautiful and every bit as functional. 

Our kitchens can seem like they’re filled with plastics. Given the damage that plastic waste can cause the environment, we thought we’d take a moment to look at ways to create a plastic-free kitchen space that can be enjoyed by all:

The Need to Reduce Plastic Waste

The thing that makes plastics so practical is their durability. They can be beaten and neglected for years on end and still come through and do a great job in keeping our food protected and our water contained. 

The problem is that plastic’s so durable that it refuses to disappear long after we’ve thrown them away. Today plastic poses a huge threat to marine life and the natural environment in general. 

Because it’s not biodegradable, plastic has a significantly difficult time decomposing. It can take up to 800 years for a plastic bag to decompose on a landfill, and items like plastic bottles can take over 1,000 years. 

As plastic is continually being mass-produced while refusing to go away, we’re left with a waste crisis on our hands. Our kitchens are prime culprits here, and from our bin bags to plastic cups, the need for sustainable alternatives is vital. With this in mind, we’ve created a short guide on how to eliminate plastic waste from our kitchens:

Reusable Bottles and Cups

The sad truth about water is that it has a habit of coming with more than its fair share of baggage. Bottled water that can be purchased on supermarket shelves worldwide can be extremely harmful to the environment - not to mention very costly for the buyer. Buying plastic cups to drink from can be damaging too. You may get plenty of use out of plastics when it comes to holding drinks, but given that plastic cups can take thousands of years to decompose, it’s not an eco-friendly choice. 

Be sure to look for plastic-free cups for use in the kitchen. Glass is a great alternative and if you’re looking for something a little bit more durable, Bower Collective has a great range of reusable bottles that are both attractive and portable.


Eco-Friendly Storage

Our world feels like it’s governed by tupperware at times. The plastic air-tight containers have become a staple for lunchtimes in schools and workplaces across the world. But what happens once we’re finished with our containers? 

Plastic food containers are designed to keep our sandwiches safe from the most abusive of commutes, but after they’ve protected their last lunch, plastic containers set about abusing the environment. Luckily, there’s an aesthetically beautiful solution to this. Beeswax Food Wraps are gorgeous food storage materials that can be readily reused with a single wash. 


Believe in Better Bin Bags


It may be tempting to take a hit on bin bags. After all, it’s vital that we have something both durable and flexible enough to carry our waste. However, there are some great plastic-limiting solutions available when it comes to kitchen waste. 

At Bower Collective, we sell cost-effective Suma Recycled Bin Bags that contain rolls of 50% post-consumer recycled plastic bags for waste. Your rubbish will have never felt so healthy. 

Oftentimes, our kitchens can be full to the brim with needless and harmful plastics that we use only a handful of times before throwing away. At Bower Collective, we challenge ourselves to find new and inventive ways to cater towards clean living and pushing towards plastic-free homes - and we hope to achieve our goal one plastic-free cupboard at a time. If you have any tips or suggestions for a plastic-free kitchen, just let us know in the comments below!

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