The kitchen is probably the area in your house that you produce the most plastic waste. This makes it a great place to start when looking to reduce. Food storage can be a source of plastic waste in the kitchen, but it doesn’t have to be. One item that can easily be eliminated is plastic wrap. Consider investing in some beeswax wraps. These can be used over and over again to cover bowls, wrap up a piece of cheese, and to store produce or baked goods. While there is an upfront cost, there is a cost savings over time because you do not have to purchase and pay to dispose of plastic wrap. Beeswax has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties, as well as being breathable which helps to preserve food for longer. They can be cleaned with lukewarm water and mild dish soap and hung to dry.
Another low-cost investment that can save you money and disposal space over time are reusable zip top storage bags. These come in a variety of sizes and styles. Take inventory of what you use most in order to purchase exactly what you need.
Having reusable items on hand to replace single-use ones is only half the battle. The other part is changing your habits (and the others in your household) to reach for these items instead. Think creatively to encourage new habits. Can you rearrange the kitchen to put reusable options in a more convenient spot? Can you put disposable options out of the way in an inconvenient location? What about a chart for each member of the household- when they use a reusable item, they get a checkmark/sticker with a prize for whoever minimizes their waste the most? I think it would be fun to do adults versus kids too!
Even though the kitchen may be the largest source of plastic waste in your home, check online for great solutions for the bathroom and laundry room too.