I imagine that all of you must have listened in recent months to discussions related to sustainability, right? Plastic straws, for example, have gained substitutes for various materials – paper, glass, metal, bamboo … An infinity of products and less aggressive options for the environment.
However, this is just one of the actions that we could all take to better preserve our beloved planet. With that in mind, we selected four other ways to reduce waste, with tips aimed especially at kitchen. At first, they will all look complicated, but don’t give up ?
Let’s start with a very obvious suggestion: run away from plastics! The material is everywhere and is one of the worst agents of pollution. As many of you have heard about, plastic bottles, for example, take hundreds of years to decompose. Now, some people must be thinking, “Okay, talking is easy. But how are we going to put this into practice? ”.
So, come on. Our biggest problem is in the markets. So, take ecobags to place the purchases. Fruits and vegetables do not necessarily have to be placed in those thinner plastics, so they must also be left out. For more organized personnel, just take cloth bags to separate these more delicate ingredients.
Another idea, already a little more difficult to put into practice, is to avoid packaged and over-industrialized products. In addition to not being healthy, the packaging does a damned harm to the environment! Glass jars and, again, cloth bags can be the ideal solution.
Still talking about plastics, another way to reduce the use of this material. We usually store food and ingredients that have been half eaten in sachets or jars. If you usually make this first option more, try to exchange the plastic film for waxed cloths.
They are made of cotton and covered with some type of wax, be it animal or vegetable. And, believe me, these cloths are very practical and even waterproof. Some are worth having at home.
That good old synthetic sponge that we use to make our utensils shine is also not sustainable. In that case, just exchange it for a vegetable loofah. This version of “sponge” is organic and will decompose quickly when it has to be discarded.
Ah, just take some care with the maintenance of the product. To prevent the proliferation of bacteria, wash the loofah thoroughly after using it. It is also recommended that it dry completely in a well-ventilated place. If your house is more closed, just leave the loofah in some corner that hits the sun.
Make your own cleaning products
Instead of filling the market cart with various cleaning products, how about making your own? I know that this recommendation requires a certain amount of time from you, but nothing that is very impossible.
The homemade cleaning products they work as well as industrialized ones – and they are much cheaper! To clean the stove, for example, just put a little baking soda and vinegar on the surface and leave it on for a while. Then, just use the vegetable loofah or a cloth to clean well.
THE detergent it can be done in several ways, such as with orange peel juice or a mixture of water, lemon, vinegar, ammonia, baking soda and boric acid. As lemon and orange are very citrus fruits, both have the power to remove oil from pots, plates and cutlery.
It’s the organic waste, what should we do with it? The answer is quite simple: have a composter at home! Unlike what most people think, the songwriter only smells bad when it’s not done the right way. Explaining it better for you, the bad smell comes from the imbalance between dry and wet materials.
To do everything right, I recommend that you research the step-by-step how to have a homemade composer at home. Doubts about what can and cannot enter this process, for example, are very common and easy to be solved with the help of our friend Google ?
After all these tips, nothing to make up excuses to give that force to the environment and reduce the waste produced, ok?