kitchen + dining
Following up on the fridge + pantry module, there’s a few other things we can do in the kitchen to streamline things and make them more sustainable.
filtered water: Water is the thing we consume the most of, so I feel it’s very important that what we drink is high quality. Instead of buying plastic bottles like I used to years ago, I started purchasing on tap filtered water from my local co-op grocer. I simply take my 5 gallon glass carboy to the store, fill it up, and take it home. It tastes much better, so I drink more water, and I don’t have to fiddle around with purchasing filters and such. If you are concerned about moving the heavy container yourself, you could consider signing up for a water delivery service or purchasing an in home filtration system such as the Berkey, which is stainless steel and works very well.
coffee: buy bulk beans, either from a local coffee shop or grocery store. Use reusable coffee filters, or an already closed loop brewing method like French press, Vietnamese pour over filter, or Bialetti moka pot.
tea: buy looseleaf tea, either in bulk or in a tin. Use a steel or cotton tea infuser to brew the cup, or simply let it brew loose and then strain.
cloth napkins: invest in a set of cloth napkins and they’ll last many years. So much chicer.
beer + wine: explore local breweries and wineries to see if they sell refills to avoid all that recycling.
hard alcohol: try to purchase nicer bottles that you’d want to reuse after and whose label will come off easily (I love Casamigos bottles for this reason!).
research the tap water quality in your area in order to keep abreast of what’s going into your body- enter your zip code via the Environmental Working Group website here.