Tips For A Plastic-Free Kitchen

What does a plastic-free kitchen look like? Here are some tips on how to avoid plastic in your kitchen:

  • Use reusable shopping bags and produce bags.
  • Buy things in glass containers instead of plastic ones when possible.
  • If you want to find produce without plastic packaging, try shopping at your local farmer’s market. You can find a farmer’s market near you here. I go to the farmer’s market every Saturday/Sunday (depends if I’m in Ontario or California). You can read my posts about it here.
  • Try to avoid canned food. Food cans are lined with plastic containing bisphenol-A (BPA), a toxic chemical. Read more about that here. Tomato paste? Buy it in a glass jar. I get this brand.
  • Soak and cook dried beans instead of buying canned. This one’s a money-saver too! For the amount of beans in a standard 15 oz can, soak and cook 1/2 cup of dried beans.
  • Buy from bulk bins as much as possible and, if the store allows it, use reusable bags/containers for bulk items. You can buy herbs and tea in bulk in some stores as well. Whole Foods has lots of bulk items. Bulk Barn in Canada is great too, but they require that you use their single use plastic bags and containers. You can wash and reuse them though.
  • Make your own granola instead of eating cereal, or find cereal in bulk. Also, read my other ideas for plastic-free breakfasts.
  • Make things yourself. You’ll avoid lots of packaging. Some things I make from scratch include almond milkwhipped butter spread, pumpkin puree, peanut butter, yogurt, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, buttermilk, burger buns, tortillas and veggie burgers.
  • Make your own Nutella.
  • Try to find a dairy near you that sells milk in returnable glass bottles. When I’m in California, I buy milk from Straus Family Creamery and Claravale Farm. Unfortunately, both of these dairies use milk bottles with plastic caps, but this is still a better option than buying plastic jugs or plastic-lined cartons. I haven’t found a dairy in Ontario that uses glass bottles yet.
  • Make your own snack foods. I’ve made my own crackersgranola barsgraham crackers, popcorn and goldfish.
  • Buy whole wheels of cheese instead of buying it wrapped in plastic wrap or plastic lined paper.
  • Make your own vegetable broth.
  • A plastic-free vegetarian burger bar? Oh yes. Its possible. You can also do a plastic-free Mexican burrito/taco bar.
  • Use cloth bags and glass containers instead of plastic freezer bags. I save glass jars from stuff like pickles and use them for food storage. You can freeze baked goods in cloth bags and they won’t get freezer burn.

7 thoughts on “Tips For A Plastic-Free Kitchen

  1. Thanks for helping the rest of us figure out how to cut down our use of plastic and encourage businesses to do so!!! Keep up the good work.
    Victoria sheridan

  2. hey girly, I am starting a farmer’s market booth with a “swap shop” or free store, and spreading info about sustainability. Can I adapt and print this list to hand out to people? I’ll put your site at the bottom so people can check you out if they like the tips.

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