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Cutting Down on Kitchen Plastic With DIY

It has become a commonly accepted fact that the use of plastics is creating a major problem in our landfills and our oceans. Even for those of us with the best intentions, it can be difficult to stop using things like Ziploc baggies and plastic wrap.

Ecologically-minded folks are in luck because making your own reusable baggies and other common plastic items is easy with a little DIY savvy. Here are 4 things you can make to cut down on your use of plastic:

1. Reusable Sandwich Baggies

Plastic snack or sandwich baggies are a ubiquitous part of kitchen plastic waste for most people. If you have kids, your use of these easy and cheap bags will especially skyrocket. 

The good news is, reusable cloth baggies are super simple to make. You only need some scraps of cotton fabric, sewing machine or needle and thread, and a binder clip. Here is an easy tutorial.

If you want to get fancy, you can use a velcro or zipper closure, but whatever you choose your need for disposable plastic baggies will disappear.  Choose a cute fabric and maybe your lunchtime sandwich will even taste better.

2. Beeswax Wraps 

Sometimes the plastic that we need in the kitchen comes in the form of plastic cling wrap, to cover bowls of leftovers or bigger, bulky items that don’t fit into a sandwich bag. No fear, we have an answer for you. With only a pair of scissors, scrap cotton, beeswax, jojoba oil, and your oven you can make reusable wraps to replace the plastic. In fact, they smell good, too!

3. Grocery Totes

We all know that we should be bringing our own grocery bag with us to the store, but did you know you can make your own out of old t-shirts?  Here is a simple no-sew tutorial.

4. Produce Bags

If you can remember to bring along your grocery tote to the store, you can remember your produce bags too. These bags are easy to sew up using mesh fabric, as you’d find on a bridal veil or a tutu.  The fabric weighs almost nothing, so it won’t impact the weight of your vegetables on the scale. 

Find More Ways to Cut Down on Kitchen Plastic

These simple projects are fun, easy and will also help you cut down on the most common uses of plastic in the kitchen. Contact us for more ideas about living green in small spaces.

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