Did you know that Australians are the second highest producers of waste per person in the world! Now I'm not normally one for New Year's resolutions but this year I decided to make an effort to go greener and I thought where better to start then the kitchen. Keep reading to see my three beginners steps towards an eco-friendly kitchen.
1. Reduce single-use plastic
On average Australians dump 429 000 plastic bags into landfills every hour. While plastic bags are recyclable more than 50 million end up on the litter stream each year. That's why it's not only important to recycle appropriately, but to also make an effort to reduce single-use plastic items. Some of my favorite products to help you get started include:
In Australia on average 51% of our household waste gets recycled. This is actually pretty good compared to the rest of the world. Of our waste over 47% is made up of organic waste like food scraps and garden cuttings. Most councils can provide a bin for your organic waste but not all will allow the collection of food scraps so be sure to check with your council. You can otherwise create a compost bin and get some lush soil for your garden in return.
Every year over 6 000 kilogram of rubbish is dumped into the world's oceans, of which 80% is made up plastic. This means that for every 2.5 kilometer of ocean there is 46 000 pieces of plastic. The REDcycle Program is a Melbourne-based recovery initiative for post-consumer soft plastic. It helps to divert flexible plastics - the ones you can't put into your recycling bins - from landfill and turns them into a material that can be used to manufacture new products [click here]
3. Shop, cook and eat smart
Write a shopping list to avoid purchasing more then you will eat [click here]
Buy produce from local venders to reduce your food mileage [click here]