6 Simple Steps to Zero-Waste

Every hour, each one of us produces 1.5 kilos of waste (we are also shocked). Make these steps a habit, and you will be closer to a zero-waste lifestyle!

You won't believe the amount of waste you can generate every time you walk into the kitchen. Something as simple as making an omelet will result in wasted cardboard, plastic, paper and food. In just a few minutes and you may have added a pound to the weight of your garbage bag.

And the kitchen may just be the biggest culprit. From food waste to excess packaging, the kitchen is one of the largest sources of household waste.

Here are some tips on how you can improve your impact on the planet every time you cook your meals.

1. 1. Say NO to single-use plastic

Reusable bags, first step to Zero-Waste

Small steps go a long way. Shop with reusable bags. They are cheaper, more resistant and will last you a long time. Keep one near you keys or handbag so you don’t forget it.

You can also buy products in bulk and store them in your pantry in glass containers (looking way prettier and minimalistic than the visual assault of colorful labels).

Carry a reusable coffee cup (no, coffee cups are NOT recyclable). Many coffee stores will offer a discount if you bring yours.  

2. 2. Re-use

Glass or metal containers can be easily re-used

Recycling plastic is a last resort. The idea is to use less of it overall. Choose glass or metal containers when possible, as they can be easily re-used.

3. 3. Freeze meals

Batch cooking is another life-saver

You can freeze fruit or make pickled vegetables: there are many ways to preserve food. If you are one of those who throws away bananas after they get dark spots, try finding recipes that call for ripe fruit or freeze them to use in smoothies. You can also use compost bins to make your own garden fertilizer. Batch cooking is another life-saver. Make stews and soups and freeze them for the future. This will also provide a healthy meal when you are late from work and just can’t be bothered to cook.

4. 4. Buy less, use locally

Buy less, use locally

Small shops, zero-waste stores and farmers’ markets are a great way to buy local and help small businesses. It’s also easier to find seasonal produce, which means fresher, more nutritious products.

Look out for companies that sell “ugly” veg rejected by chain supermarkets. They taste just as good (and are way cheaper).

5. 6. Be creative with leftovers

Be creative with leftovers

There are many things you can do with the leftovers, not just recipes for the day after the party. Did you know that you can grow onions again by putting their white stems in a glass of water? Or that you can use orange peel to keep mosquitoes away in the summer?

If you're about to throw something away, ask yourself (or google it!) if there's anything else you could do with it. You might be surprised. You can also find lots of delicious recipes that make the most of your leftovers.

In short, refuse, reuse, recycle.

6. Bonus Tip

In need of an inspiration? We follow Max la Manna, a zero-waste chef for quick and easy zero-waste recipes.

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