“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly, We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” -Anne Marie Bonneau
What do you mean by zero-waste?
Zero-waste doesn’t literally mean no waste at all. It aims to eliminate or reduce trash thrown in the landfill which helps saving our mother earth. This also benefit us as this helps save us time, money, and energy if done properly. The requirement- go back to basic and be organised.
When I finally decided to go into a zero-waste lifestyle, I am glad that my family has been really supportive which this journey makes more attainable. It wasn’t easy at first and I personally think that the big chunk of this affects and should start in the kitchen.
So, here I’ll be sharing you some of the basic ways on how I started my zero-waste kitchen.
- Buy in Bulk
Buying in volume saves us time from coming back to the market. Besides, it lessens the plastics we used by buying retail and saves a lot of money. Most of the time, buying in bulk gives discounts and the cost per kilogram of the product is lesser.
- Use OWN food storage/ CONTAINERS
For buying meat and fresh produce, we opt to bring food containers and eco bags where we put our purchased items, as this would help lessen the usage of single-use plastics. Instead of going to supermarkets/ grocery stores, we tend to go to wet market since not all of them allowed you to put the items on the container.
Anyway, you can be resourceful by using any reusable containers. Ours, we are using recycled tubs from cookies and ice-creams.
- Make inventory in THE pantry
Zero-waste lifestyle not only saves the environment, but also your budget. Buying exact things you already have in your pantry, or items with near expiry are considered a loss in your budget. This also produces waste as expired items have to thrown out once expired.
So, having a list of your inventory helps you plan the meal for the week and let you know what items are needed to be repurchased. Keep in mind the golden rule- “FIFO” or “First In, First Out”.
There are downloadable applications for your phone or devices or you may get free printable inventory form from the internet which you can utilize.
- Compost food scraps
We have a pit where we put our food scraps. Remember, food scraps decompose easily and the nutrients go back to the soil making a compost. This, then, we use and apply to our garden.
- Recycle leftovers
We can’t avoid having food leftovers, but we can try to re-create them into new dish. One good example is adobo. Adobo viand for today, and this can be made into adobo pasta the next day. This lessen the waste and at the same time, doesn’t compensate your taste buds.
You may search on the internet or YouTube for other recipes.
So, this is how I started and do zero-waste lifestyle. I know there are other ways on doing it, and I am happy to learn them all. Imagine, if all of us would start on this basic steps, that would help reduce the tons of waste we dispose, and eventually will help save the environment.
Written by: Roanne Acuin