I like some of the suggestions in this article published today in The Guardian (link).
On my end, it has been ages since I have cut down on the use of plastic in the kitchen. So if I may, I would like to share a few tips you may find useful.
1- For left over food, I use glass pyrex like containers with a glass lid or Mason jars. If the quantity is small, like left over strawberries, I just put it in a bowl and place a small plate on top.
2- The same applies for fresh herbs and fresh ginger root. I have small Mason jars with a lid, and the ingredients stay very fresh.
3- Of course, there is no plastic wrap in the house. As for aluminum, I have one roll that has been in the cupboard for ages. I used it recently to wrap a cake I gave to someone (it was not at his home). If I go to someone’s place, I bring the cake or muffins in a basket wrapped in a cloth, and simply get the basket and the cloth back when I leave.
4- For the dish washing liquid, I buy a large bottle of organic dish washing liquid and refill the small bottle next to the sink every time. This does not eliminate the use of plastic but at least reduces it.
5- I also regularly use a mix of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and vinegar to wash the kitchen counter and the sink. It leaves them sparkling. It also helps to disinfect and get rid of odors such as egg, onion and the like. I also use it for the cutting boards.
6- I have no plastic in the kitchen. All the utensils are either wood or metal. I use a wooden board (I actually have two, one especially for onions and meat and the like).
7- I cannot remember the last time I bought paper napkins, as I only use cloth napkins, the same with non-reusable cutlery and plates. I simply wash dishes if I have guests, and put the napkins in the laundry.
8- When I go to the market, I always try to but bottled items such as chile chipotle or mustard in glass bottles rather than plastic ones.
9- I have to use plastic bags for the garbage and I try to buy the ones that are the most ecological friendly even if they are slightly more expensive. I also try to empty the garbage every two days, rather than every day, when possible.
10- Of course, I always take cloth bags to the market, and I always have a small one in my bag in case I buy something unexpectedly even when going to the paper store. This enables me to never ask for a plastic bag to carry whatever it is I bought.
11- Finally, if we go out and I know it will be hot, I take a small metallic water bottle for my son and I. This means we need not buy water on our way.
I hope these few tips can be inspiring. Thank you!