Hi! I’m Veronica and I’m a middle school teacher by day, blogger by night. I started My Zero Waste Kitchen to share some of my fave zero waste finds and to help keep myself accountable in my journey to becoming zero waste. Although I decided to start in the kitchen, I’m also working on cutting down my waste in every room of the house!
Why a Zero Waste Kitchen?
Well, why not? But seriously though, if we look at the room in our house that creates the most waste, it’s definitely the kitchen. We clean up our spills with paper towels and cleaners that come in plastic bottles. We bring home groceries in paper and plastic bags–and inside those bags are more bags and packaging. If we’re not careful about planning our meals before going grocery shopping, we might even end up throwing away a lot of that food. We stock up on low quality plastic utensils that wear out after a year or two, we drink from plastic bottles, we buy meal delivery kits with everything measured in tiny plastic packages.
The zero waste movement is about cutting down on what we throw away–ideally, cutting it down to zero. I’m not quite there yet, but that’s why I started this blog. I wanted to share my journey and hopefully connect with others who are trying to achieve a zero waste kitchen too and share tips and inspiration.
What are the benefits of Zero Waste?
So obviously, there are environmental benefits. Naturally, when you’re not using disposable cleaning items and packaging, you’re not throwing them away when you’re done with them. But you’re also doing your part to prevent them from being made in the first place–a process that doesn’t just use resources, but also causes pollution.
Then there’s the financial benefit. I won’t lie, you’ll pay a lot upfront to get the zero waste supplies that you need. But from there, you save money. No more buying paper towels each week. No more paying for packaging when you can buy from the bulk aisle. Making your own kitchen cleaners? Super cheap.
What you’ll find on this blog
As I type this, I don’t have any content on the site yet. But my plan is to feature:
- Zero waste kitchen product reviews
- Tutorials on how to make your own cleaning supplies
- Zero waste cooking tips
- Zero waste living beyond the kitchen