Zero Waste Kitchen Swaps For A More Sustainable Lifestyle

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The kitchen is one of the best places to start if you have decided to try and live a more zero waste life. But how do you go about it? Here are a few easy zero waste kitchen swaps to help you live a more sustainable lifestyle.

*Ad-gifted – this is a collaborative post – I was gifted some of the items in this post for review, but all opinions are my own.

Zero Waste Kitchen Swaps


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When starting out on your zero waste journey, you do have to think about the basics of being zero waste:

  • Reduce how much you use
  • Reuse what you can
  • Recycle where possible – or upcycle
  • Repair if it breaks and can be repaired
  • Rent and borrow items if you are only going to use them infrequently
  • Refuse to buy what you don’t need – or refuse to buy things wrapped in plastic etc
  • Rot – if an item can be composted once finished with then this is much better for the environment.

And so all these easy kitchen swaps take these basics into account.


1. Swap Kitchen Roll For Reusable Towels


We throw away so much paper each year in the form of paper towels. So firstly, one of the biggest and easiest kitchen swaps you can make is using reusable kitchen roll instead of paper towels.

See here how you can make your own. Or buy some here.

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2. Swap Plastic Washing Up Sponges For Unsponges


Plastic sponges are horrible bacteria breeding things! Why not make your own unsponges that can be made from fabric remnants and can be washed and reused time and time again? They can even be composted once they have worn out.

Or you could make a towelling sponge from an up cycled old towel.

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3. Swap Your Shopping Bags For Reusable Ones – Even Your Produce Bags


The fact that a price tag has been put on shop bought bags has made a difference. But it is still easy to see people using plastic bags at the supermarket. Please do reuse! Or you could go one step further and make your own.

With this tutorial you could even make small mesh bags for getting your produce in at the supermarket. Reducing plastic waste even more.

Or just refuse to use small plastic bags when buying things like bananas.


4. Swap Clingfilm For Beeswax Wraps


I do use and reuse old tupperware boxes rather than use clingfilm these days. But another alternative is using beeswax wraps.

Some critics would say that using plastic boxes is hardly being ‘plastic free’ – but to my mind if something comes in a plastic box that I can reuse and is food safe than this is just as good an option to me than throwing away the plastic box.


5. Swap Sandwich Bags For Sandwich Wraps


Again, you could reuse old plastic boxes for your lunch, but these sandwich wraps are a great alternative to the plastic sandwich wraps.Find out how to make your own with this tutorial.

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6. Swap Plastic Cups For Reusable Bamboo Coffee Cups


If you get a coffee in a takeaway cup every day, it is amazing how quickly the waste mounts up. So now I take my reusable coffee cup with me.

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Mine actually came from Hotel Chocolat – and are the clever packaging from their shower scrubs! But this cup comes with some bamboo straws which are also really useful when out and about.

7. Swap Plastic Straws For Bamboo or Metal Ones


I have actually just bought some metal straws for using out and about. Mine have a handy bag clip, and come in lots of colours. 

But bamboo straws are also a brilliant eco friendly idea. I was recently gifted some amazing bamboo straws from The Other Straw. They come in several varieties and all are durable, handmade and sustainable solutions to using plastic straws.

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Why not make a straw case to house your reusable straw?


8. Swap Chemical Cleaners For Natural Ones


There are lots of recipes out there for natural alternatives to chemical cleaners.

See this one for a natural floor cleaner.

And this is a great recipe for a natural surface cleanser.

I hate throwing disposable wipes away, so I make my own cleaning cloths. And also have made a reusable mop pad for my flash speed mop (Swiffer mop) 

But one of my favourite discoveries is that horse chestnuts can be used to make clothes washing liquid. Did you know this? See how you can make your own zero waste washing liquid from conkers!

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9. Swap Your Plastic Washing Up Brush For A Wooden One


Another good swap is getting rid of your old plastic washing up brush in favour of a wooden, loofah or coir hair one that can be composted at the end of its life. I do intend to use my plastic one until it is totally worn out first though!

10. Swap Where You Shop To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Finally, if you can, shop local as much as you can. Not only does it put money back into the local economy and businesses (which is better for your town) , it lowers your carbon footprint. I am actually very lucky to have a thriving set of local businesses right on my doorstep within . But it is so important to ‘use them or lose them’!

And most importantly, please do not get too overwhelmed with all these. It is very hard to be totally zero waste. I haven’t achieved it. But I do think that every little helps, so by trying to do something you are definitely making an impact.


Love these swaps? Why not try some easy zero waste bathroom swaps too?


Do you think that you could incorporate some of these zero waste kitchen swaps into your lifestyle? I would love to hear your stories. Comment below or find me on social media.

And please do pin this post for later.

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12 Replies to “Zero Waste Kitchen Swaps For A More Sustainable Lifestyle”

  1. Christy says:

    Great post! Some easily achievable swap suggestions for everyone here. I think it’s really important to just make small changes as everything counts and this list has something every home could manage. I need to get my sewing machine out and make some cleaning cloths out of my fabric leftovers. #KCACOLS

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Yes, small changes are so easy to make. Little by little helps.

    2. Ruth - Mummy and the Mexicans says:

      These are some really great tips here to try out. I generally don’t use clingfilm, I use Tupperware containers instead, and here where I live in Mexico they don’t give plastic bags in the supermarket and most shops anymore. Perhaps the biggest problem is all the packaging, which is hard to avoid if you need to buy that product. I think brands need to work on seriously reducing plastic packaging. Thanks for sharing this with #kcacols – hope you can join us again in the new year!

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you. Yes I do plan to make some more natural cleaners in 2020. Watch this space!

  2. victoria says:

    Awesome alternatives you have here.
    Keeping the environment free too.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful Piece with us.

  3. Jaimie says:

    These are some really useful swap suggestion! I definitely think I’ll get some of those sandwich wraps. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sandie says:

    Hello Jo, My silicone Slasher bags have become one of my favorite zero waste swaps. Coupled with beeswax wrap, they’re helping my family eliminate single-use plastic baggies, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap from our kitchen. Love all of your posts and tips!


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