Four Ways To Generate Less Garbage In Your Kitchen

Posted on: 12 May 2016

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If you're eager to reduce the amount of garbage that your household produces, an ideal place to start is the kitchen. This is especially true if you find that you're emptying the garbage bin in the kitchen on an almost-daily basis. Making a number of simple changes to how you buy and prepare the food for your family can mean that your garbage pail will be not nearly as full when the garbage collection service arrives to empty it, and it can be satisfying to know that you're responsibly creating as little an environmental impact as possible. Here are some changes to make.

Buy Produce That Isn't Packaged

When you visit the supermarket, you'll often encounter produce that is sitting on the shelves and produce that is bagged or otherwise packaged. To reduce the amount of garbage you create in your kitchen, opt for the former. For example, if you need to buy some oranges, but several bulk oranges off the shelf and place them in your cart — and don't bag them first. This produces less waste than buying a bag of apples or, worse, a plastic container of pre-cut and washed apple pieces.

Opt For Organic

Eating organic produce is more than just a way to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals — it can also reduce your kitchen waste. Because organic fruits and vegetables are not treated with pesticides, you can use more of them when you cook. For example, instead of peeling your carrots before cooking them, simply wash each carrot to remove any dirt and then cook the entire thing. Cooking with orange, lemon and lime zest — from organic citrus fruits — will reduce the amount of peels that you place in your garbage and won't subject you to pesticides in the same manner as consuming the zest of fruits that have been sprayed.

Inspect The Packaging Before Buying

While you can buy unpackaged produce, this isn't the case for other types of food. When shopping, always take care to inspect the packaging before you make your purchase. Opt for the products that have the least amount of packaging. For example, buy a package of chicken breasts instead of a package of chicken breasts in which each of the breasts is individually wrapped.

Find Alternate Uses For Old Food

Occasionally, you'll come across something that you no longer wish to eat and you might simply toss it out. In many cases, you'll be able to find a different way to use the food. Soft bananas, for example, are ideal to use in baking due to their sweetness. Packaged products that you no longer want, provided they haven't passed their best-before date, can be donated to the local food bank.