Plastic-free July is coming to a close, but it’s never too late to try to start reducing plastic in your life. Especially in the kitchen! Here are some of the plastic free kitchen solutions I swear by.
Airtight Stainless Steel Containers
I love these stainless steel containers from Life Without Plastic, for bringing food for lunch, and also for storing food in the fridge or freezer. Someone asked about how to freeze portions of food without using plastic ziploc bags – I use parchment paper or wax paper to wrap individual portions and then store several portions in a stainless steel container.
My Abeego beeswax wraps have been a game changer for me. They have certainly eliminated plastic wrap, but they have also eliminated some plastic bags and plastic lidded containers. Now when I store leftovers that don’t need to be in an airtight container, I just use a bowl or plate and put a beeswax wrap on top. I find that my strawberries and raspberries actually last longer this way as well.
Mason jars have become super trendy for virtually everything, and they are such a great affordable way to start storing your food and liquids in plastic free containers! I love using mason jars for storing smoothie leftovers, making overnight oats, salads, fruit, virtually everything. It’s awesome that you can find them at thrift stores for super cheap, and that they are built to withstand heat. If you want to get away from buying plastic lids for them, you can get excellent quality stainless steel lids from Life Without Plastic – a perfect solution! Other mason jar accessories are also very popular, with lids and sleeves to convert them into drinking containers. I also have my mason jar foaming soap in my kitchen (and everywhere else in the house!) – the foaming pump is still plastic, though, so if someone finds a solution for that, please let me know!
Stainless Steel Pop Molds
Maybe making popsicles is not a huge thing in your household, but it is in mine! We ALWAYS have them on hand for a quick and easy way to get some fruit and veggie intake in my daughter! So many pop molds are plastic, though. I know the stainless steel ones are definitely an investment, but you will LOVE them! I find the popsicles come out much easier than with plastic ones, and they are so durable and easy to clean.
I have these paddle style ones from Onyx and have been using them for several years with no show of wear!
If you want the more cylindrical shape pop, Onyx has these as well.
I’ve also heard great things about these FreezyCup ones that are available through Life Without Plastic.
Plastic Free Straws
I don’t really need to use straws much at home, but I try to remember to take my glass straws with me on the go so that I can refuse single-use plastics. Since having a kid, though, I do find straws are useful at home. I really like glass smoothie straws for my daughter because they can handle the thicker consistency. Of course you can also choose stainless steel or bamboo reusable straws if you’re worried about glass ones breaking. So far I haven’t broken any glass ones, though, and I like them the best because I can SEE the liquid. There are some nice affordable options for sets of glass straws with cleaning brushes included!
Need more ideas on how to go plastic free? Plastic Free July has some great resources here!
If you’re trying to figure out where you can get plastic free products, and support companies who care about the environment, Treading My Own Path has a great resource here.
We also need to start changing the way things are packaged and telling our government to take action. Canadians, you can make your voice heard through Environmental Defence here.
What are your favourite plastic free kitchen solutions?
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