February 15, 2023 3 min read

If you're a plant-based eater, you're already making a positive impact on the environment by reducing your carbon footprint and supporting sustainable agriculture. But did you know that there are many ways to reduce plastic waste in your kitchen as well? From food packaging to single-use utensils, the kitchen is a hotspot for plastic pollution. By making some simple changes, you can drastically reduce your plastic waste and make an even greater positive impact on the environment.

Here are some practical tips for reducing plastic waste in your kitchen as a plant-based eater:

Sustainable Kitchenware like bamboo straws

  1. Buy in bulk: Buying dry goods like rice, beans, and nuts in bulk reduces the need for plastic packaging. Bring your own reusable containers to the store and fill them up with the amount you need. This also saves you money and reduces food waste.

  2. Use reusable produce bags: Rather than using plastic produce bags at the grocery store, bring your own reusable produce bags made from cotton or mesh. These are lightweight and washable, making them a great alternative to plastic.

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  3. Use reusable food containers: Instead of using plastic wrap or bags to store your leftovers, invest in reusable food containers. Glass containers are a great option, as they are non-toxic, durable, and easy to clean.

  4. Use reusable utensils: Single-use plastic utensils are a major contributor to plastic waste in the kitchen. Bring your own reusable utensils made from bamboo, stainless steel, or other sustainable materials. You can easily pack these in your bag or keep them in your car for when you're on the go. 

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  5. Make your own plant-based milks: Many store-bought plant-based milks come in plastic containers. Making your own plant-based milks at home not only reduces plastic waste, but also allows you to customize the flavor and consistency to your liking.

  6. Choose plastic-free alternatives: When shopping for kitchen items, look for plastic-free alternatives. For example, instead of using plastic straws, use bamboo or stainless steel straws. Coconut Bowls' bamboo straws (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 226 Reviews) are particularly popular with customers, like Andrea, who says "I'm coconuts for these straws! I love these...everyone needs these to cut down on plastic waste and these straws are a great place to start."Instead of using plastic scrubbers, use a natural loofah or a brush made from coconut husks.

  7. Compost: Composting your food waste reduces the amount of waste that goes to landfills, where it can emit harmful greenhouse gases. Many plant-based foods, like fruits and vegetables, are compostable, so start a compost bin in your kitchen and turn your food waste into nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

Eco friendly shopping bags

By implementing these simple changes, you can reduce your plastic waste in the kitchen and make a positive impact on the environment as a plant-based eater. As Jake McKeon, the founder of Coconut Bowls says, "Reducing plastic in the kitchen was one of the first steps I took when adopting a sustainable lifestyle, it's an easy place to start and by using things like Coconut Bowls and Bamboo Straws every day, it can make sustainable living fun". Start today and be part of the solution to the plastic waste problem!