Sadly, our kitchens are a hotbed for plastic waste. Cling film, food containers and straws – sometimes it can feel like our kitchens are consumed by harmful materials.
At Bower Collective, we recognise the need for working towards a sustainable future, and we’re committed to creating plastic-free homes that are beautiful and every bit as functional.
Our kitchens can seem like they’re filled with plastics. Given the damage that plastic waste can cause the environment, we thought we’d take a moment to look at ways to create a plastic-free kitchen space that can be enjoyed by all:
The Need to Reduce Plastic Waste
The thing that makes plastics so practical is their durability. They can be beaten and neglected for years on end and still come through and do a great job in keeping our food protected and our water contained.
The problem is that plastic’s so durable that it refuses to disappear long after we’ve thrown them away. Today plastic poses a huge threat to marine life and the natural environment in general.
Because it’s not biodegradable, plastic has a significantly difficult time decomposing. It can take up to 800 years for a plastic bag to decompose on a landfill, and items like plastic bottles can take over 1,000 years.
As plastic is continually being mass-produced while refusing to go away, we’re left with a waste crisis on our hands. Our kitchens are prime culprits here, and from our bin bags to plastic cups, the need for sustainable alternatives is vital. With this in mind, we’ve created a short guide on how to eliminate plastic waste from our kitchens:
Reusable Bottles and Cups
The sad truth about water is that it has a habit of coming with more than its fair share of baggage. Bottled water that can be purchased on supermarket shelves worldwide can be extremely harmful to the environment – not to mention very costly for the buyer. Buying plastic cups to drink from can be damaging too. You may get plenty of use out of plastics when it comes to holding drinks, but given that plastic cups can take thousands of years to decompose, it’s not an eco-friendly choice.
Be sure to look for plastic-free cups for use in the kitchen. Glass is a great alternative and if you’re looking for something a little bit more durable, Bower Collective has a great range of reusable bottles that are both attractive and portable.
Visit the Bower Collective website as at time of writing they are offering 15% off your first order.
Bower Collective Mission Statement
We are here to make sustainable living simple and accessible for everyone. Our inspiration is the Bowerbird – famous for recycling brightly coloured plastic scraps to decorate its nest, or Bower.
We’re passionate about supporting you on your journey to eliminating waste and ensuring your home is stocked with products that are good for you and good for the planet.