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Zero Waste Cooking Habits to Cultivate

Last updated on March 14th, 2022 at 07:27 pm

The Zero Waste Cooking Habits concept has been adopted by many people living green lives around the world. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American generates some 4.4 pounds of trash a day that winds up in a landfill. In today’s world, living in a way that creates absolutely nothing that goes into a landfill can be difficult. Not impossible, but difficult.

You are probably wondering how to cultivate zero-waste cooking habits? The idea is simple: nothing goes into a landfill. The EPA reported that landfills are the third-greatest producer of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

Are you cooking indoors or outdoors? Your trash and even restaurants and cafeterias’ trash are all linked to climate change. Are you trying to implement any changes in your lifestyle? Or do you know where and how to start?

You can start with these cooking habits

Even trying to have a Zero Waste day would be a huge improvement in reducing your carbon footprint. There are some habits you can build that will help you achieve a near-zero level of waste. These habits only need to be implemented once and followed through.

Carry a handkerchief.

This is an excellent way to avoid the many paper products that inundate our lives. You won’t need paper towels to dry your hands, a napkin while eating, or tissues when you have a handkerchief with you every day. They are small enough that the addition to your laundry will be negligible.

Avoid paper when possible.

With all the digital options available, avoiding paper is easier than you think. You can have your bills emailed and paid online or over the phone. Books can be read on an eReader. Schoolwork can be done on a computer and turned in electronically. News can be read online. Most magazines even offer digital-only subscriptions that are cheaper.

Leftovers and cooking habits

For organic leftovers from eating and cooking, compost is the best habit you can develop for your home. Any uncooked organic matter can be tossed into a compost bin, including coffee grounds, fruit peels, and eggshells. You can also find other ways to use these materials; put the fruit peels in a pitcher of water for a flavored drink, and then compost them later.

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Compost Bin – Photo Credit: Pixabay

Shopping with care

Use cloth bags when you shop and use glass jars instead of plastic to store leftover food. Canning food to make it last longer is another way to reduce waste in the kitchen.

Make your own

Make your own personal hygiene items like toothpaste, lotion, and body wash to cut back on the packaging that enters your home. You can store your concoctions in glass jars. Facial cloths and washcloths can be made from worn-out clothing you no longer wear.

Even if you can’t get your trash or waste down to a complete zero, these are great tips for reducing the amount of trash that does leave your house. You can also create a minimalist lifestyle that will help you with your cooking habits. It also makes it easier to keep your home clean and tidy. By applying these concepts, you are forced to consider what you bring into your home as well and how to plan your meal properly. Try a few of these habits to see how much difference you can make in your cooking habits.

Sources:

https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home

https://www.rewire.org/our-future/zero-waste-habits/

http://acleanlife.org/zero-waste/

http://www.zerowastehome.com/2010/02/zero-waste-cleaning-and-laundry.html

http://joybileefarm.com/zero-waste-habits-living-green/

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