If your family is anything like ours, the kitchen is easily the most used room in the house. With three children, a dog, and two adults to care for, the waste can really pile up if we let it.

For our family, part of living a more conscious lifestyle is taking a look at the everyday things in our lives and becoming aware of their values and shortcomings — and looking for ways to make them better for living and better for our communities and world.

These are a few of the tips we use to not only reduce our waste, but also simplify our lives and feel better in the process!

Food Storage

Plastic storage is not only wasteful, it’s unhealthy. Single-use baggies go straight into the trash, and even the “best” of plastic storage bins will eventually wear out, discolor, break, or warp — ultimately ending up in a landfill.

Switching to reusable containers offers a variety of benefits. While the costs to get started can be more, the investment will pay off in the long run and glass bowls are especially versatile. We use ours for mixing, cooking, and storage! Below are a few of our favorites:

  • Wean Green & Pyrex glass storage containers
  • Jars (save more $$$ by cleaning jars and lids to use as storage containers!)
  • Reusable snack bags take the place of their plastic counterparts (and are much cuter!)
  • Planetbox and other stainless, reusable lunch containers

You can even purchase devices for your fridge that can help extend the live of produce. I’ve been using a BerryBreeze (an O3 gadget) for the past few months and have found that it definitely reduces the waste from fruits and veggies that have gone moldy.

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