Part of my definition of homemaking is productivity. There are many ways to be productive within the home, and most often that involves working with my own hands to create. However, productivity could also be a matter of reducing waste. If my home is producing an excessive amount of waste then it becomes nonproductive. It's not aiding my community, both local and global, to transfer the responsibility of managing and discarding resources appropriately. I realize that resources are not unlimited and I am not entitled to anything and everything. One of the areas of my home that I try to reduce waste is in the kitchen. My goal in selecting items for my kitchen is to look for muli-use or multi-purpose and sustainable. The following is just a few ideas with links to products I either currently use or have found that could be valuable:
1) Cloth napkins instead of paper
2) Cloth towels can be used for many purposes that cloth paper towels are used for ordinarily
There are many Etsy retailers who sale reusable cloth "paper" towels in a roll just like the paper version. I haven't incorporated these into our home, but they do appear like an interesting idea.
3) Reusable coffee cups, cold drink tumblers, and water bottles are great alternatives to the throwaway versions
4) Wash and reuse plastic bags.
There is also a reusable cloth baggie option available on Etsy. I don't use these currently. I image they'd be fun for kids' packed lunches for school.
5) Seal foods in containers or reused baggies instead of plastic wrap.
These cute cloth bowl covers serve the same purpose as plastic wrap, except they can be used over and over. I think these are wonderful, and hope to add them to my kitchen in the future.
6) Use a silicone mat to line pans during baking instead of aluminum foil or parchment paper.
7) A french press saves energy and paper filters compared to an electric coffee pot.
8) Bring reusable produce and shopping bags to the store as much as possible
9) Glass food storage containers instead of plastic. Plastic containers shouldn't be heated. Also, they will need replacing far faster than glass.
Glass containers are more expensive than plastic. I hope to make a slow transition to glass, one container at a time.
10) Use an oil mister instead of the pressurized can of cooking spray
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