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Want a greener kitchen?



Hey how was your weekend? Mine was good - caught up with some friends and a few household chores were on Sunday's agenda. Hate doing them but love the results once they're done! All that housework got me thinking about how I can make my kitchen greener by reducing some of the plastics and disposable items in my life. Here's three things we can do this month to make a difference.


1. Beeswax Wraps


You've probably heard about beeswax wraps and may well be using them already. They're a great alternative to cling wrap and they can be used over and over again. The wax coating on the wraps make them waterproof but they're still breathable. They really do keep things like cheese, fruit, vegetables and bread fresh. They're easy to keep clean, just hand wash them in a little dish washing detergent and let them dry naturally. I keep my unused ones stored in the vegetable crisper in my fridge. You can buy them at stores like Biome (https://www.biome.com.au/809-beeswax-food-wraps); make your own using online tutorials

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkRoh1pQoks); or attend a local workshop. If you're in Brisbane, Uniquely Deborah runs regular workshops on how to make beeswax wraps. You'll be amazed at how quick and easy it is to do (https://www.uniquelydeborah.com.au).


2. Handmade Cotton Dishcloths

Cotton dishcloths are great as you can reduce waste, save money, and get a little crafty all at the same time. Rather than using kitchen sponges, disposable dishcloths or paper towels why not try knitting or crocheting your own? I've found some easy and free patterns for you. You can find them online at Spruce Crafts or on the links below. Just make sure you wash them regularly and then boil them in a saucepan to keep them clean, fresh and bacteria free.

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/washcloth-knitting-patterns-2115979

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/free-crochet-dishcloth-patterns-978592


3. Fabric Table Napkins

Ah, the elegance of fabric table napkins and the environmental benefits of not constantly using disposable paper ones. The trees will love you! Fabric napkins are making a comeback and you can find them in linen shops or if you like poking around in charity stores, then you'll be sure to find some beautiful napkins and probably some quirky ones too (circa 60 and 70s).


Well friends that's about it for now,

Till next time,

Judith x