When it comes to unnecessary plastic use throughout the home, the kitchen is often one of the worst offenders!

From plastic bags and containers to wraps, straws and cutlery, it can be easy to turn to cheap plastic products as a matter of convenience. However, going plastic-free in the kitchen (or trying to reduce plastic use as much as possible) doesn’t have to be a mission.

With a few clever hacks and some simple product swaps, you’d be surprised how little plastic your kitchen actually needs to function.

Keep reading for 6 easy kitchen hacks to help you use less plastic, without compromising on convenience!

Keep reusable bags handy

With the plastic bag ban now well and truly established here in Australia, keeping some reusable shopping bags handy has never been more important. Say no to single-use plastic bags with eco-friendly options made from sustainable fabrics like cotton, and keep a few stored in your car boot and kitchen cupboards so you’re never left without.

If you do have some old plastic bags still lying around at home, think about some ways you can re-purpose these instead of discarding them – such as storing dirty clothes when travelling, lining your bathroom bins or stuffing pet beds and cushions.

Replace cling wrap with beeswax wraps

Beeswax wraps are an amazing environmentally-friendly alternative to single-use plastic wraps, with a multitude of different purposes. From wrapping sandwiches and snacks for the lunch box, to covering leftovers and storing food safely, beeswax wraps are designed to be used again and again with minimal cleaning between each use. And as for convenience? It’s as easy as keeping them stocked in your cupboard.

Recycle glass jars

Glass jars are ideal for pantry organisation, so hold on to those jam jars and pasta sauce bottles and repurpose them, rather than discarding them. Wash and reuse glass jars again and again to store your pantry staples like rice, pasta, cereals and flour. Bonus tip: many self-serve wholefood stores will now allow you to bring your own jars when stocking up on nuts and grains, so keep some handy for your weekly grocery shop, too.

Say no to plastic cutlery

Plastic plates, cutlery and straws are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to single-use plastic ending up in landfill. So why not keep some sustainable alternatives on hand instead? Bamboo plates and cutlery can easily be stored in your cupboard and re-used for picnics and barbecues, while bamboo or stainless steel straws can be used both at home or on-the-go.

Store food sustainably

Instead of reaching for plastic containers or zip-lock bags to store food and pack lunches, opt for an eco-friendly alternative such as stainless steel lunch boxes or reusable food pouches instead. Our lightweight (and easy to clean!) stainless steel lunch boxes also have the added benefit of individual compartments to keep your snacks separated, or to store sauces and condiments.

Go biodegradable with your bin liners

Instead of plastic bin liners, make the switch to a biodegradable option (available at most good supermarkets!). Biodegradable liners are available in different sizes, to suit both kitchen, bathroom and food scrap bins throughout your home.

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