Get rid of paper in the kitchen
images72/Shutterstock Paper plates, napkins, and towels—they all need to go. The average family uses two rolls of paper towels a week, which can add up to about $15 monthly. They also go through about 230 paper plates per year. Replacing paper plates and towels is simple: Use plates that are made from reusable materials such as glass and use cotton towels for messes. It just requires a bit more washing. Here are more tips on how to keep a zero-waste kitchen.
While you’re at it, get rid of plastic containers tooTikta Alik/Shutterstock
Plastic is trouble, this we know. “When you store food in plastic, especially if it’s heated, this plastic will leach into your food,” explains Kathryn Kellogg, Going Zero Waste Founder. BPA is a chemical found in hard plastics and exposure can affect reproduction and development—and don’t be fooled by BPA-free plastic, either. Try opting for glass or stainless steel containers; they’re two of the most recyclable products and you won’t have to worry about contamination.