Sewing for a zero waste life is turning into a series here on the blog. If you missed the initial post on fighting the Big 4 of disposable plastic with your secret weapon, sewing, you can check it out here. I also tackled waste in the bathroom in this post.
Well, dear readers, the time has come now to tackle the waste in the kitchen that can be defeated with the help of our sewing skills, therefore cutting out waste from our lives and benefiting the environment. Plus such great scrap-busting ideas as well…
So here are a few ideas to get you started…
Zero waste in the kitchen | ALTERNATIVES TO
Usually the kitchen is the undisputed domain of my husband. That means that he calls the shots on tools, ingredients and consumables in there. He is by no means against living more sustainably, but sometimes it’s easy to just do what you have always done, i.e. cover stuff up in cling film. This goes for things that go in the fridge, as well as packed lunches and so on.
Obviously, cling film is quite a bad material to use, as it’s mostly unrecyclable in most council areas in the UK, and I assume in many other places. If you live anywhere near these Marks & Spencer stores in the UK (M&S Cribbs Causeway, Loughton, Bluewater, Fosse Park, Westfield Stratford, Paddington Waterside and Peterborough), they have started a trial where you can take all unrecyclable plastic back to them and it will be turned into playground equipment. I work in Paddington, so we save all our film at home and I take it into Waterside. But of course, avoid or reduce is much higher in the hierarchy than recycle, so let’s look at how we could replace that pesky cling film.
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How to make wax cloth
Before we dig into specific tutorials, I wanted to share a few ideas on how to make beeswax cloth wraps, which has been widely used as a
They work really well for both covering as well as wrapping food, and they are reusable and washable. Also, you can reuse all those pieces of quilting cotton you never knew what to do with. And they will look funky and unique too!
- Quick and easy method (video)
- 4 different ways to get was paper (Video) it’s quite long though
- Written tutorial
Fabric covering for dishes, pans and pots
It’s one of my pet peeves to have uncovered food in the fridge, even when I was living with my parents. Even if it’s just a plate. So here are a few simple tutorials that you can try out to swap the usual go-to solution: cling film.
The elasticated versions are an alternative to wax cloth ones. The wax paper moulds on its own, so there is no need for the elastic. However, those cannot be used in the microwave or to cover hot food, because the wax melts. Also, neither should be used to cover raw meat or fish.
Reusable sandwich bags
Another culprit that requires cling film are sandwiched and snacks. So here are a few very cute ideas that you can DIY with fabric and a sewing machine.
- Sandwich bags with velcro closure
- Lined sandwich and snack bag
- Wax cloth sandwich wrap
- Fused plastic sandwich wrap
Zero waste in the kitchen | Paper towel alternatives
Another major cause for waste in the kitchen are disposable paper towels. This is one habit that I am trying very very hard to kick, but it’s probably harder than the other ones. Convenience is very hard to give up, isn’t it?
But if you are a better person than me, here are a few tutorials on how to make reusable towels for your kitchen.
Waste in the kitchen is clearly a lengthy subject, so I decided to break this post up in two part. Next time we’re tackling a few more ideas.
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BUT IN THE MEANTIME, I WOULD LOVE YOUR IDEAS TOO. HAVE YOU USED ANY OF THESE PLASTIC SWAPS? HOW ARE YOU FINDING IT? AND PLEASE RECOMMEND ANY OTHER TUTORIALS I SHOULD INCLUDE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.
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