Time flies doesn’t it? Week five already in our eco-exchange challenge and we’ve changed our toothbrushes, washing detergent, water supply for the garden and what we do with our food waste. Now we’ve turned our attention to products we use in the kitchen. When fighting climate change we think about the thee R’s;
Where possible recycling paper, cans, plastic and kitchen waste with the help of our compost article. Also think about buying products made from recycled materials or those products which are more easily recycled.
This looks at lessening the amount of products you buy, either by looking at buying things with less packaging or avoiding buying things you probably don’t need all together such as bottled water- tap water is fine in the UK!
This is where our latest eco-exchange comes in. Yes we are already re-using shopping bags, and if you’re not it’s time to change, but we need to be re-using more and more things in life.
In the kitchen we avoid wasting food. If we haven’t used everything then we store it to use in further cooking or, in the case of leftovers, as lunch the next day. By re-using food we reduce waste- two R’s in one!
The problem then comes as to how we store the food. We often wrap an onion in cling film to use the next day or cover a dish with tin foil ready to re-heat for a meal the next day. The film going into the bin and the foil for recycling. There must be a better way right? There is and it’s called bees wrap.
Bees wrap is a washable, reusable ad compostable alternative to cling film. It consists of organic cotton coated in tree resin, organic jojoba oil and bees wax. It is simply wahsed with cool water and soap between uses and good to go again. It can be used for up to a ear and after that it’s simply cut into strips and tossed on your compost heap. Every ingredient is sustainably sourced and even the packaging is plastic free. Yippee! You can find more information about the sustainability here.
So we ordered a three pack of large wraps and arrived in rather stylish paper packaging.
We immediately put it to the test with dinner that night. The usual left over half onion, easily wrapped and popped it into the fridge. It was completely fresh the following day for dinner and good to use. Then followed Kitty’s usual half mango. Again still lovely and juicy the next day. The stuff works hurrah!
Another small step towards plastic free living. Hers’s our 5 tips for eco-food storage:
We all like to idly gaze into the fridge to look at what’s on offer but it lets the cold out and the fridge light is on. Some sources suggest it could cost £18-£36 per year in extra energy. So stop it you naughty gazers!
Instead of recycling or, heaven forbid, binning glass jars, wash them out and use them to store food. Useful for left over soup, diced veg and anything else you can fit in. This helps to reduce your waste but also reduced the need for plastic tupperware.
Of course it is convenient to go to the shop and buy food for the week rather than make repeated trips, plus that saves on petrol too. But food is often wasted because we buy so much more than we need each week. We find planning recipies for the week and buying just the ingredients we need saves on a significant amount of watse. Buying without a plan often means some things don’t get used and we don’t like waste…spotting a theme here?
Not everything needs to go into the fridge. Unopened cartons of juice, eggs, most vegetables, bread, butter if eaten within a timely manner will all happily store in a cupboard. For every extra item in the fridge more energy is required to keep it cool so keep it to a minimum.
We can’t very well write an article on the marvelous stuff and not put it in our five tips now can we? Take a look at their website, they’ve got lots of lovely designs which will be out soon.
We hope you find these tips useful and feel inspired to see what changes you can make. Do you have any kitchen energy saving tips you’ve tried? As always please get in touch.