Going plastic-free is more than just a trend; it’s a way of life. If you’re diving all-in to this sustainable lifestyle, you may be looking for simple ways to make it sustainable for the long-term. For many families, overcoming plastic usage in the kitchen seems like an impossible task. However, the truth is that it’s not nearly as difficult as you might think.

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Here are eight simple strategies to go plastic-free in the kitchen.

 

 

1. Store Leftovers Sustainably

Instead of placing leftover food in plastic tupperware, opt for glass, ceramic, or stainless steel instead. Not only will this be better for the planet, it will also be better for your health. And, as an added bonus, since these materials are durable, you’ll be able to use your containers for years to come.

8 Simple Strategies to Go Plastic-Free in the Kitchen

2. Buy in Bulk

In many cases, plastic enters the kitchen wrapped around dried goods. However, grains, beans, dried fruit, and other items can all be easily purchased in bulk from many grocery stores and co-ops. Instead of using single-use plastic bags to bring your food home, opt for a reusable bag or bring your own mason jars—just be sure you know the tare weight of any items you plan to carry your food in. This reduces the amount of plastic you’ll use and will make your kitchen more organized.

 

3. Avoid Plastic Wrap

Many of us use plastic wrap to cover dishes or wrap food without ever considering the environmental impact. Try using natural beeswax instead of single-use plastic wrap. Natural beeswax is simple to take care of and is a safer alternative for packaging food. It holds up well around a variety of items and can even be used in place of plastic sandwich baggies for bringing lunches to work or school.

8 Simple Strategies to Go Plastic-Free in the Kitchen

4. Take Your Utensils To-Go

Most people have no problem using silverware in their home. But somehow, when we go out into the world, all of that falls by the wayside. Plasticware is common and may sneak in without us even asking for it. Don’t let your takeout night or your next family vacation ruin your commitment to going plastic-free in the kitchen. Instead, make or purchase your own travel utensil kit. Whether you use old flatware or buy a set of bamboo utensils, be sure to include a fork, knife, spoon, napkins, and even a reusable straw—and be sure to decline any plasticware that’s offered since you already have our own.

 

5. Switch Up Your Dishwasher Detergent

When using the dishwasher, it’s easy to forget that those plastic-wrapped tablets are also a detriment to the environment. Instead,