In today’s society, it is borderline impossible to avoid waste. I find that I accumulate the most trash in my kitchen, as I unpack grocery bags and prepare my meals for the week. While we may not be able to eliminate all waste from our lives, these few tips will leave you with a cleaner kitchen and a cleaner environment.

Reusable grocery bags

-It is no longer a hippie fad to bring your own grocery bags to the store. Keep a few canvas or nylon bags in your car or purse so that you won’t forget them. This will save 350-500 plastic bags from being tossed into a landfill, the amount that the average person uses in one year.

Cut back on paper towels

-Use cloth dish towels and napkins for spills and wiping BBQ sauce from your hands. They can be tossed into the washer, and you save money every month for not buying paper towels and napkins.

Compost bins

-Toss food scraps into a compost bin to be used later as fertilizer for your gardens. If you don’t have gardens, see if your local nursery or city will accept your scraps for their own use.

Eat the stock!

-No one ever said NOT to eat the broccoli stock, the leaves on your celery, or the skin on your potatoes. Chop them up for stir fries, salads, soups, or any other recipe that could use a few more veggies.


These are only a few tips to get you started on reducing kitchen waste. With practice, reusing bags and composting will just become a part of your life. Follow the links below for more ideas on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle.