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10 Items you can Reuse in the Kitchen

22 September 2021
10 Items you can Reuse in the Kitchen -  september hoy

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

There are not many who are unfamiliar with the three R’s of waste management. This statement has definitely become the motto of waste reduction across the world.

Apart from the obvious environmental benefit, by applying the three R’s in your home you can save money by reusing items. The most obvious way to cut back on waste in the kitchen would be to recycle, but it is actually to reuse.

Here are 10 items that you can reuse in the kitchen.

1. Glass Jars

Glass is easily recycled but that doesn’t mean that it cannot be reused instead.

Think of your favourite grocery store and how many food items are stored in glass jars: mayonnaise, beetroot, coffee, peanut butter and numerous sauces to name a few. That is a lot of glass jars that can be easily reused in the home.

For example, old mayonnaise bottles can be used to store jam once removed from the tin or coffee jars can be used to hold stationery or buttons for sewing.

2. Tin Cans

Tin cans are also easily recyclable if there is no upscaling project that you have in mind – just be sure to rinse them out before handing them over at a drop-off facility.

But, the same as with the glass jars, tins are commonly used for storing food products and there are tons of ways that you can reuse tin cans in the home once you have emptied them of their contents.

For example, you can grow seedlings in tin cans before transferring them to pots. Just be sure to poke some small holes in the bottom to allow the water to drain. Or you can paint them and store screws, bolts or washers in them in the garage.

3. Plastic Cooldrink Bottles

Plastic is made from oil which is not a renewable resource which gives us all the more reason to reuse and recycle plastic items instead of throwing them out. The best part is that most plastic bottles are dishwasher safe making them an easy choice for reuse.

Instead of rebuying gassy cooldrinks, opt to make mix-on-cooldrinks in the bottles. This will help with measuring quantities and save money on rebuying expensive cooldrinks.

Alternatively, you can also use cooldrink bottles to make bird feeders! This can be a really fun project for the whole family and also encourage birds to visit your garden and spur on some natural ecology growth.

4. Magazines & Newspaper

Even though we are in the digital age, nothing quite beats reading the Sunday paper with a cup of coffee of flipping through your favourite magazine before bed. But the problem with physical copies of media is that often once you’ve read them, you are inclined to throw them away.

Newspaper is great to reuse as gift wrap – tie on a pretty ribbon and you have added a great vintage look to your gift. This is also an excellent cost saver since wrapping paper and gift bags are expensive and, more often than not, also get thrown out.

If you have children or enjoy scrapbooking, do not be hasty to throw out your magazines. Cut out pictures and use them for art projects, collages or scrapbooking. But if you aren’t feeling crafty simply trade the magazines to family or friends to read, donate them to a doctor’s office or drop them off at a primary school for art projects.

5. Paper Bags

When you buy bread or rolls from the bakery they are normally put into paper bags to prevent the goodies inside from sweating. The good news is that these bags can be easily reused in the future – either for more baked goods or even just wrapping sandwiches in.

Remember - even reusing an item once extends its intended lifespan by 100% which is exactly what you are trying to achieve when living a more sustainable lifestyle.

6. Dish Towels

Inevitably dish towels do not last forever. From drying dishes to taking hot trays out of the oven (we all do this) and frequent visits to the washing machine all greatly reduce the lifespan of our dish towels.

The good news is that once they start looking frayed and damaged you can cut them up and use them as polish cloths, cleaning rags or even for washing the car. There’s always a way to reuse!

7. Cereal Bags

When the family finishes a box of cereal, what happens to the plastic bag inside? The most likely answer is that the bag gets thrown out along with the cardboard box.

The great thing about the plastic bags inside cereal boxes is that they are very sturdy and, once cleaned and dried, can be used to store other grains, biscuits, sweets or pasta.

You can also cut it up and use it to cover sandwiches for school and work.

8. Cooking Oil

With the increasing cost of cooking oil, it is wise to learn that cooking oil can be easily drained and reused again. After you have used the oil, allow it to cool properly overnight before attempting to drain it.

Once cooled, drain the oil into a cleaned, plastic bottle using a tea strainer. This will catch all the unwanted sediment from what was fried in the oil. You can repeat the process until the oil changes from a golden colour to brown.

This is a safe, cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to reuse cooking oil.

9. Eggshells

Instead of tossing out your eggshells after cooking or baking, collect them and crush them to use as a fertilizer in your garden. Eggshells are natural and, once added to your homemade compost, are able to add natural calcium to your soil which will help your plants to grow.

10. Water Bottles

When you’re at the supermarket, in the mall or at work it is very easy to want to stop at the store or vending machine and grab a bottle of water but what happens to this water bottle after it is empty?

Instead of throwing empty water bottles away, save them to store refrigerated water to use on a run or to take to school or work. This is a great way to save money and reduce plastic waste.

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What items do you reuse in the kitchen? Be sure to share your tips with our followers on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages so that we can all start working to a more sustainable lifestyle.

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