Plastic-Free Food: 4 Best Ways To Grow, Cook and Store Food Without Plastic

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For most households, the kitchen is the biggest culprit of single-use plastic! Fortunately, there are plastic-free alternatives to almost all single-use plastic items, it is just a matter of having the right equipment to transform your kitchen into a clean, toxic-free and plastic-free oasis. 

It is important to note that you should use your old things to the end of their lives before making the swap to eco-friendly alternatives, and remember that it's not all about being perfect straight off the bat! Every small change you make is one less single-use plastic item ending up in landfill, which can add up to make a big difference! Good luck and have fun!

We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly

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1. Cook and store food without single-use plastic

This may seem like a simple task, but most Australian households today still use single-use cling wrap, baking paper, coffee pods, tea bags and pre-packaged meals on a daily basis. This Plastic Free July, perhaps you can cook and store your meals and snacks without single-use plastic.

One of the most common questions we get is about how to freeze food without plastic. Silicone snack bags and food pouches are great for this purpose, otherwise you can always freeze food in glass jars! Save and reuse glass jars from the kitchen for freezing almost any food, from meals to home-made ice cream. Just make sure to freeze your jars of food without the lid first, and pop the lid on later to avoid pressure buildup as the contents freeze and expand. Being able to reheat your food inside the jars is also handy (without the worry of toxic chemicals leeching into your food from plastic). This is a great article about storing and freezing food without plastic if you would like to read more on this topic.

The Swag produce bags holding vegetables Dana with an Agreena wrap and silicone food pouch Stainless steel lunch boxes and circular containers with indoor plants behind

 

2. Make tea and coffee without waste

Did you know that the majority of tea bags contain plastic? Yep, even paper bags often use polypropylene to seal. This means they - like all other single-use plastics - are destined for polluting natural environments and, unfortunately, are likely releasing microplastics into your drink.

The millions of used coffee pods disposed of every day in Australia are also a huge problem as they cannot be easily recycled and are not accepted in our curbside recycle bins. 
  • Swap to reusable coffee capsules which allow you to refill a single stainless steel pod with fresh ground coffee instead of having to continually buy more single-use pods. It's cheaper in the long-run and you can use freshly ground local coffee!
  • In the meantime, use this TerraCycle Map to see where you can drop off your used aluminium pods for recycling.

Stainless steel coffee pods - WayCap Tea swag natural cotton tea bags Roogenic loose leaf tea

  

3. Grow your own food

Growing your own food not only saves you money but also eliminates any single-use plastic food packaging. Here are some easy ideas of what you can grow at home:

Microgreen grow kit Mushroom grow kit Greensmart self-watering pot full of edible veggie plants

 

4. Wash up in the kitchen without plastic

Choose to buy plastic-free kitchen and cleaning products that won't end up in landfill or polluting natural environments at the end of their lives by choosing compostable or recyclable materials. Look for products made from cotton, hemp, coconut fibre, wood and/or metal. Here are some examples of easy eco-friendly swaps:

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Eco friendly compostable kitchen cloths dishcloths and brushes Two older ladies buying hand-knitted dish cloths Vegetable brush with potatoes

 

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