17 environmentally friendly ideas for more sustainability in the kitchen – with DIY’s for beeswax cloths and garbage bags made of newspaper

S.hen I have been trying to live more sustainably for a few years now, my family has already been affectionately known as “eco”. Whenever I give out nice advice;). In my youth, many people frowned upon thinking and acting ecologically. It was not cool. I am glad that the younger generation has been rethinking for some time and that sustainability is now very popular. After all, we only have one mother earth and it is important to protect it. Because what could be nicer than going into the countryside and enjoying nature ?! To smell the scent of the forest, to hear the rippling brook and the birds chirping. And because it’s not that difficult to live ecologically, today I have brought you 17 environmentally friendly ideas for more sustainability in the kitchen. You are not only doing something for the environment, but also for your wallet.

environmentally friendly ideas for more sustainability in the kitchen
reusable coffee filter for more sustainability in the kitchen

I will show you not only how to make beeswax paper yourself, but also how to fold garbage bags out of newspaper. The former last for many months, if not years. The second are easy peasy folded and can even be used to shop for fruit and vegetables. I’ve probably owned my cotton teen net for 15 years or more. This serves me well every day. After use, simply dispose of the loose tea in the organic waste, wash the tea net with water and hang it up to dry. I do the same with the reusable coffee filter, also made of cotton.

Go shopping regionally with vegetable nets at weekly markets for more sustainability
Herbs from the farmer around the corner for more sustainability in the kitchen

WEEKLY MARKET WITH SHOPPING TROLLEY

I have loved going shopping at the weekly market for a long time. I used to ride my bike so I wouldn’t have to carry heavy shopping. Today we often walk to the old town market in Braunschweig and take one Shopping trolley With. Often referred to as Hackenporsche at Grandma’s earlier, nowadays there are really very chic models. These are not only super practical, they can also be used to store all kinds of food. No more heavy shopping bags that weigh on your shoulders. I also find it super practical Fruit and vegetable nets. Whether in the supermarket or at the weekly market, we always have them with us when we go shopping. Cotton dishcloths I’ve been using it for many years. Don’t you think that these are much prettier than disposable dishcloths or those ugly yellow sponges?

Take cotton bread baskets with you to the bakery for sustainability in the kitchen
Dish brushes, reusable dishcloths and tea towels for more sustainability in the kitchen

Grow your own herbs

From spring to autumn we grow herbs and vegetables ourselves on the balcony and in the backyard garden. In winter I often reach for herb pots from the supermarket. In Zinc pots these look particularly pretty. And this Watering can fits perfectly. However, there is also the option of doing without the plastic pots. With the Grow kit for herbs you can test your green thumb. I tried it with chive seeds and lo and behold, after a week they started to sprout. I put a bell jar over the vessel to germinate. This keeps the heat better, especially now in the cold season. Alternatively, you can take a glass vase and place it upside down over the cultivation set. The sunnier & warmer the location, the better the germination capacity.

recycled glass storage jars for more sustainability in the kitchen
Growing herbs yourself for more sustainability in the kitchen

ACCESSORIES DIY BEE WAX CLOTHS:

  • clean cotton fabric (I used a tea towel here, for example)
  • scissors
  • Parchment paper
  • Jojoba or alternatively olive oil
  • Pastry brush
  • Organic beeswax lozenges
  • Wooden clip

THAT’S HOW IT’S DONE:

  1. Preheat the oven to 85 degrees top and bottom heat. Cut the fabric to the desired size and place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Brush with some jojoba or olive oil and spread the organic beeswax pastilles on top. I used approx. 25 g of beeswax pastilles for a 37 x 24 cm piece of fabric.
  2. Place the baking sheet on the middle rack in the preheated oven for approx. 5 – 8 minutes until the beeswax pastilles have melted.
  3. Hang beeswax cloth to dry.

BEEWAX CLOTHING USE & CLEANING

Beeswax cloths are so versatile and completely replace the cling film. This z. B Cover the cooled leftovers in a bowl. Or you can use them to wrap vegetables. How often do you eat B. just a piece of cucumber or kohlrabi. Simply wrap the cut surface with a beeswax cloth. Groceries from the garden, such as B. Lettuce or herbs keep fresher longer in beeswax and are less susceptible to mold. It’s also great for packing your lunch break. The warmth of your hands makes the cloth flexible and the ends can be more easily pressed together. I haven’t tried it yet, but foods such as: B. freeze bread or herbs in it. I will definitely try that next.

Beeswax cloths are cleaned with cold water and, if necessary, with a little mild detergent and a gentle brush. Once the cloth is dry, it can be reused. Every now and then you can freshen up beeswax cloth. Simply put them in the oven for a few minutes on baking paper at 85 degrees. Cool down & let dry. Finished!

The durability depends a bit on the care & usage. As a rule, beeswax cloths last about 1 to 2 years. Afterwards they can be composted or used as a kindling aid for the fireplace and grill.

Accessories DIY oilcloths cotton fabric, scissors, beeswax lozenges, baking paper, baking brush, olive oil
Step 1: Cut the fabric to any size, place it on a baking sheet lined with baking paper, brush with olive oil and spread the beeswax pastilles
Step 2: Put the baking sheet in the oven at 85 degrees top and bottom heat for about 5 - 8 minutes

Step 3 hang up the DIY beeswax cloth to dry
DIY beeswax towels are great for covering bowls
Beeswax cloths for more sustainability in the kitchen

ACCESSORIES BIN BAGS MADE OF NEWSPAPER:

  • Newsprint – that’s it!

THAT’S HOW IT’S DONE:

  1. Put a double page of a newspaper across in front of you. Fold the lower left corner to the top right so that a triangle is created and a strip protrudes on the right.
  2. Fold the right strip to the left.
  3. Fold back the lower left side so that you now have a square in front of you.
  4. Fold the top right corner to the bottom left. Now there should be a triangle in front of you.
  5. Rotate the triangle so that the long side is on the bottom. Now fold the left tip to the right.
  6. Turn the newspaper over.
  7. Now fold the left tip to the right as well and fold 2 sheets from the top tip into the “pocket”.
  8. Turn the newspaper over and do the same with the other side.

Your garbage bag made of newspaper is ready!

You can now put this in your trash can and dispose of organic waste in it. Or you use them to buy fresh fruit and vegetables.

By the way: compostable organic garbage bags from the supermarket often only rot slowly and plastic garbage bags create additional waste when disposing of them. The garbage bag made of newsprint is a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to plastic garbage bags or organic garbage bags.

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DIY garbage bags for sustainability in the kitchen
Reusable teen net made of cotton for more sustainability in the kitchen

17 ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY IDEAS FOR MORE SUSTAINABILITY IN THE KITCHEN:

  1. Beeswax cloths keep food fresh longer and replace cling film, greaseproof paper and freezer bags.
  2. DIY garbage bags made of newspaper can be folded easily peasy without additional accessories and are versatile.
  3. Buying regional products reduces CO2 emissions because long transport routes are no longer necessary. We go z. B. every Saturday with the Shopping trolley walk to the weekly market and buy regional products from the farmers around the corner.
  4. Fruit and vegetable nets replace the plastic bag and often last for many years. Just wash if necessary.
  5. Bread, rolls etc. can also be stowed away in cotton bread bags at the bakery’s. Saves the paper bag.
  6. Take your own cans with you when shopping for sausage and cheese. This is already supported by the supermarkets in many places.
  7. Try to only buy what you actually use. Use leftovers to make a delicious meal.
  8. Cook more yourself instead of buying ready-made meals. Saves rubbish, is fun and social when you do it with friends.
  9. Use a reusable cotton tea net for loose tea. I’ve probably owned mine for 15 years and don’t want to go without it. Disposable tea bags are a thing of the past.
  10. If you still brew your coffee in a coffee machine like we do in a coffee machine or brew it in a porcelain filter, you can use coffee filters made from organic cotton. The coffee grounds can be used to fertilize plants. Hydrangeas z. B. love acidic soil and keep getting coffee grounds from me. Just put it on the ground and rake something in.
  11. With the Grow kit for herbs you can grow chives, parsley & dill yourself and don’t have to buy herbs in a plastic pot.
  12. If so, these plastic pots can still be used. I plant z. B. small cuttings from my houseplants in it. Makes a wonderful gift for family and friends.
  13. I’ve only been using it for many years Cotton dishcloths. With these I wash glasses and dishes and clean the work surface in the kitchen. These can be washed easily and can therefore be used again and again. If the dirt is a bit more stubborn, I’ll use it Dish brushes. Also Bottle washing brushes are often used by me. The cloths and brushes can be stowed away nicely in the Basket metal.
  14. dishtowels can be used not only to dry dishes, but also to store food such as B. to dry fish or meat. This saves the paper kitchen roll and thus waste. It can also be used to wipe the work surface dry.
  15. Cloth napkins use paper napkins instead. Makes more of a visit.
  16. My recycled storage jars in 500 ml and 800 ml I can take it to my tea shop around the corner and have the loose tea filled there. With the help of a Jute cord can be small Gift tags attach to the glasses. Note the type of tea on it with a marker. Not only does it look pretty in the kitchen, it also saves paper or plastic bags for tea.
  17. Either buy organic detergents or make them yourself. The second is at the top of my to-do list.

DIY's for more sustainability in the kitchen

I hope I was able to inspire you with my ideas for more sustainability in the kitchen. If you still have one or the other additional tip, let us know! I look forward to your suggestions.

Your Nadine

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