Ideas for Reuse in the Kitchen – from True Food
It’s worth keeping track of your garbage for a few weeks. Watch what you throw away, and ask yourself if each item you are tossing could be replaced with a reusable substitute. You may see coffee filters in the trash, for example. Why not buy a gold or cloth reusable coffee filter instead?
With reusable substitutes, you can cut back on plastic bags, wraps, and water jugs; aluminum foil; paper plates, cups, towels, and napkins; paper coffee filters, and more. Not only will you significantly reduce your consumption of resources by choosing reusable housewares instead of disposables, but you will also save a great deal of money. We are all still faced with packaging waste to throw away, as well as worn-out items, but it may be surprising to learn how many items can be reused. Here are a few:
* Gold or cloth coffee filters, or use a French press pot
* Cloth towels
* Cloth napkins
* Durable metal plates and cups for picnics and birthday parties; reusable stainless steel utensils for picnics
* Reusable baking pans
* Cloth bags for shopping, including string bags for produce
* Reusable lunch box containers
* Glass mason jars with wide mouths and screw-on lids for food storage.
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).