How much plastic is hiding in your kitchen?

It might seem obvious that our kitchens can generate a lot of plastic waste but aside from obvious sources there are so many hidden plastics in our kitchens🤯

In answer to the question in our email, it was a trick! All three of those items contain plastic. Read below to find out more hidden plastics and how to avoid them👇


Ditch the non-stick

Most non-stick pans use a plastic coating to prevent food from sticking, this is what gives those pans that smooth, waxy finish. Yes, it is SO handy, but did you know if you overheat your non-stick pan it can start to break down and release the toxic plastic chemicals into your food.
✅ Opt for quality steel or cast-iron pans, these are plastic-free, and some are even made from recycled metals. Plus, they last way longer than your regular non-stick pan. We personally love Our Place pans

Fancy a cuppa?

The UK uses 61 billion tea bags a year (is that it😜), and almost all of them contain plastic. Most tea bags are sealed using heat and polyethylene plastic which won't break down in your compost bin. 

✅ The simplest swap to make is switching to loose-leaf tea, soooo Bridgerton, right? But this will ensure your cup of tea is plastic free and makes a better-quality cup☕ Check out Brew Tea Co, for all your loose-leaf tea needs

Switch up your sponge

I mean, we couldn't not include this one🤣 but you'd be surprised at the amount of people who think their washing up sponge is made of natural materials where in reality they're made from non-recyclable plastic. In fact, nearly 60 million plastic sponges are thrown on to landfill sites every year in the UK alone. This is one of the reasons why Seep was set up💙

✅ Switch to a compostable loofah scourer from Seep, it is one of the simplest swaps you can make in your kitchen for plastic free July - and they look great😏

Let go of the cling

Cling film contributes to the larger plastic pollution crisis, it’s difficult to recycle, and it’s made from potentially harmful chemicals, especially as they break down in the environment. The majority of it ends up in landfill where it takes hundreds of years to degrade.

✅ Switch to organic beeswax wrap as a great alternative food wrap which also has antibacterial properties. It's washable, reusable, compostable and durable. We love Beeswax Wrap Co

Cut the seasoning

Microplastics were found in sea salt several years ago, but more recent research by Greenpeace found that out of 39 table salt brands tested 36 of them contained microplastics😥

✅ Try Himalayan salt instead, which comes from ancient unpolluted sea beds

 

 

 

 


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