Everyone can make a difference and reduce plastic waste at home by properly planning meals, cooking with ingredients on hand (‘shopping’ in the fridge, freezer, and pantry), and storing and freezing food to make it last longer. This not only saves money and ensures that the most are made of groceries purchased, but also means fewer trips to the store.
Consider making a smoothie or banana bread from over-ripe bananas, turning wilted vegetables to make a stock or soup to freeze, oven baking thinly sliced stale bread to make crackers, or using leftover roast vegetables in a salad. A popular choice for leftovers is packing them into a reusable container for lunch the next day, even if that office desk is in your home!
At all times, maintaining good hygiene practices when handling food and beverages and using reusables is recommended. Before preparing or eating food, it is important to wash your hands with soap and water and always follow regular food safety and handling guidelines.
Other popular ideas for reducing plastic waste include switching from liquid soap to bar soap, choosing reusable cloth nappies/diapers and menstrual products (such as reusable pads, period pants, and menstrual cups), switching to paper-wrapped toilet paper, and switching to products in cardboard packaging. Consider sprouting seeds from lentils and growing herbs from cuttings in the kitchen, on a balcony, or a vegetable patch, if you have room.