Start the countdown to a Zero waste kitchen

Tubs and buckets filled with cereal, coffee and juice in a grey kitchenTubs and buckets filled with cereal, coffee and juice in a grey kitchen

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

There's a good reason why the three Rs of eco-friendly living are still around. The reduce, reuse and recycle idea offers a straightforward approach to looking after our environment, and one of the best places to start is in the kitchen. Food waste and single-use packaging are two of the biggest culprits because they cost to produce, and they cost to throw away. It’s a double-whammy, which is why zero is the new buzzword on the street, or rather in the shopping basket. Reducing our food and packaging waste to Zero sounds like a tough call, but there's a lot we can do to move our kitchens in the right direction. 


Zero Waste Stores - Say goodbye to single use packaging

Zero waste stores help to tackle this head-on by doing away with single use packaging altogether. Bring your own reusable food tubs, bottles and pots, fill them up, take them home. Rinse and repeat. It’s an excellent way to shop for dried goods like flour, pulses, loose tea and grains, but increasingly you can do all sorts of other food shopping this way too, from fruit and veg to cooking oils and sauces. It’s becoming a more popular way to shop. Independent zero stores are popping up in towns and cities across the country, and even some of the large supermarkets are trialling reusable packaging schemes.

Take Stock - Get to know your kitchen cupboards

Do a stocktake. If you know what you have, it’s easier to buy just what you need—creating less waste all round. Plus, it makes life easier and saves you rummaging in the back of the cupboard for something that isn’t there! It can be helpful to have a sharpie and a stash of stickers to hand so that you can keep track of things. A well-stuck label can help you keep an eye on use by dates and remind you what’s actually in a container. It’s good to know what you’re grabbing from the back of the cupboard or the deep, dark frozen depths of the freezer!


Kitchen storage tubs filled with pasta, pulses and juice bottles in a grey kitchenKitchen storage tubs filled with pasta, pulses and juice bottles in a grey kitchen

Get Sorted - Kitchen storage & organisation is key

An array of kitchen storage tubs, bottles, and jars keeps things practical, plus clear containers make it easy to see what’s inside, as well as looking good on the kitchen shelf. It’s important to choose reusable containers that can also keep food safely stored. There's a wide range to choose from, including jars, aluminium bottles and HDPE tubs. Just check they're food grade, have a good lid, are washable and recyclable. Suitable food containers keep things safe and organised, and they needn’t cost a fortune.

Bulk Up - Reduce waste

Buying goods in larger quantities saves money, saves packaging waste and is convenient too. Large lidded buckets can be handy for storing bulk quantities in a garage, utility or under stair space. Having a good stock of staple ingredients is helpful because it means you can rustle up a belly-filler at short notice. Which brings us on to…

Stew, Freeze, Fry or Pie - The art of leftover cooking

We can’t talk about reducing food waste without mentioning leftovers. There are so many upsides. Waste less, spend less and bring more flavours to the table. A good stash of cupboard staples can help a little go a long way. Dried goods make leftover life easy, and having a variety of flavours at your disposal helps too, allowing you to conjure up a fresh new meal with minimum effort. A handful of pulses or a dose of spices can transform leftovers into soups, stews, curries and more, or get busy with the pastry for quiches, pies and pasties. Again it’s all about making it easy. So prime those kitchen cupboards for leftover action. 

Composting - Recycling at it’s best!

Once you can reuse no more, it’s time to compost—the ultimate recycling art. A great deal of kitchen waste is suitable for recycling, and many councils now have curbside green waste collections, or you can DIY. A kitchen caddy to pop peelings into whilst in the throws of cooking and an outside compost bin make it simple to transform your food waste into a gorgeous garden.

Think about the Endgame - Choose recyclable food containers

Buying things with an eye on the endgame is important too. Choose options that are easy to recycle when a product reaches the end of the road. Glass, card, aluminium and HDPE plastic are all recyclable. So whatever you buy, make sure there’s an exit strategy. Good luck with eco-ing up your kitchen.  It could be easier than you think to be a zero hero. 


OiPPS - Helping you with your 3Rs

OiPPS stock a wide variety of kitchen storage containers. Our range is food grade quality and includes; Tubs & Buckets, Aluminium Bottles, HDPE Bottles & Jerry Cans as well as Compost Bins and Storage Drums.

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    120 ML Plastic White Tub & Lid
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    1 L Plastic Black Bucket with Lid
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  4. 625 ML Aluminium UN Approved Plain Bottle
    625 ML Aluminium UN Approved Plain Bottle
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    6.26 L Metal White UN Approved Bucket With Plain Interior
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  2. 2.5 L Plastic Natural Stackable UN Approved Jerry Can
    2.5 L Plastic Natural Stackable UN Approved Jerry Can
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  3. 220 LITRE COMPOSTER
    220 LITRE COMPOSTER
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    30 L Plastic Blue Open Top Drum UN Approved
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