Tuesday, March 4, 2014

How to Reduce Plastic Use in the Kitchen.

For environmental and health reasons, plastics aren't welcome in my home. We try our very best to keep plastics at an absolute minimum.  When you become aware of how many plastics are in your home, it becomes easier to eliminate them. I try not to buy anything made from plastic and could list off the things in my home that are made from plastic. 

When I talk to my client's about reducing their plastic use in the kitchen, most respond that this seems to be quite the difficult task when really it's just about changing your habits and how you think. Once you know some tricks for eliminating plastics it's quite easy. 

Use glass, stainless steel or ceramic plates and containers instead! When cutting a lime or lemon in half and you only need one half you HAVE to wrap the second half in plastic wrap to keep it from drying out right? Nope! Simply place the cut end of any fruit or vegetable down on a plate and place in the fridge. This method has an added bonus, when I used to wrap partially used fruit and veg in plastic wrap it would always get pushed to the back of the fridge and lost. That is until you find it when you clean out the fridge a week later and find it's gone to waste. With the piece of fruit or veg on a plate in the fridge, it's harder to get lost and more likely to be used. Leave the peel on the outside of the fruit and veg, a natural way to keep things fresh. 

Use dishes you already have to store food. 

Almost any mixing bowl fits a large plate as a lid. It's airtight too since most plates fits right into most bowls. 

It works with little bowls with little saucers too. 

As well as jars with little bowls or little mugs in the top. Canning jar lids contain BPA and that's why I keep their use to a minimal if I use them at all. 

Use glass containers with glass lids. You could even wrap two rubber bands over the top of this container and be able to take it on the road or in your lunch. 

For lunches you can also buy glass containers with BPA free plastic lids, although it's questionable how much safer the BPA free plastic lids are. Other portable options include cloth bags for dry food items like trail mix, stainless steel lunchboxes and containers (available readily online and in specialty stores, may be expensive initially to buy but in my experience stainless steel is for life) and glass storage containers. Glass storage containers are actually somewhat trendy lately too and easily and readily available. 


  1. Great post! It just happens that a bunch of us bring our lunches, smoothies, tea, whatever to work in mason jars. We get made fun of ... but it's almost so common to have people looking for storage that's not plastic that we have a little community of mason jar (or juice jar) women. I think I'd like to get some small casserole dishes now after reading your post though - I always think "i don't bake casseroles that small!" but never thought about using them for storage for my lunches. Well done!