My name is Mary Katherine and I started this blog in 2011 when I was 16. That was the first time that I became aware of the environmental issues associated with plastics. I started on a journey to reduce my own plastic footprint. Along the way, I noticed that most of the plastic waste I was generating was coming from the kitchen. Think about it – our food delivery system is plastic. Plastic wrap, plastic trays, plastic bottles, plastic tubs, plastic bags and more. I wanted to see if I could avoid buying and throwing away so much plastic. So I started trying to shop and cook in a way that would help me minimize the amount of plastic waste I was generating. I had been passionate about food from a very young age, so I thought that a blog that fused my newfound environmental interests with my longstanding culinary interests would be a good project for me to work on.
Over time, I realized that replacing plastic with another form of packaging (like paper or glass) is not a long-term sustainable solution. I studied waste in depth during a postgraduate diploma in sustainable waste management. After closely examining waste management systems and visiting a material recovery facility and a waste to energy facility, I came to the conclusion that replacing plastic with other materials won’t solve the waste management crisis facing our planet today. The solution to our waste management problems is to focus on minimizing the volume of waste that our society produces.
When I started this blog, the point was to cook with ingredients that didn’t come packaged in plastic. This goal has shifted to trying to minimize my overall waste generation. Despite this shift, I still believe that if a person wants to reduce their personal waste footprint, the kitchen is the best place to start. I hope you enjoy the blog and find the information helpful.
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