Sustainable Kitchen Tips 2021

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The kitchen represents the heart of the home, a place where we can fill our stomachs and where precious moments are spent with family. But, it is also the epicenter of household waste. Everything from expired food to plastic packaging gets thrown into discreet trash cans under our kitchen countertops. It is so easy to shut the lid and forget about our daily consumption! Fortunately, setting up an eco-friendly kitchen is a breeze with the variety of products available. If you’re a beginner to the green movement, we have rounded up a few easy and practical ways to get started.  

1. Say no to plastic cling wrap, say yes to beeswax

It’s time to stop clinging on to old habits! Plastic cling wrap can take decades to break down, not to mention they are difficult to recycle because they clog machinery. A beeswax wrap in comparison is 100% biodegradable and doesn’t leach out toxic chemicals into the environment.

Bee’s Wrap is made from GOTS-certified organic cotton that is coated in sustainably sourced beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin to create a pliable material. Use it to wrap just about anything, from sandwiches to fruits, vegetables, cheese, or baked goods. These wraps come in pretty designs and are super easy to maintain too. Simply wash in cool water and air dry. Every wrap is good to use for about one year.

Note: It is not recommended that raw meat or fish be wrapped in Bee’s Wrap. We suggest putting it into a bowl instead and covering the bowl with Bee’s Wrap.

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Bee’s Wrap Honeycomb Medium 3 Pack

10% OFF min purchase 2 pcs. Till 21 Apr (Wed).

2. Swap plastic Ziploc bags for reusable silicon bags

Stasher comes in all sorts of colours and sizes. Brighten up your kitchen with these cheerful silicon bags to store fruits, vegetables, snacks, and even non-food items like cosmetics and toiletries. These self-sealing silicone storage bags are a game changer. Single-use plastic bags end up in landfills or oceans, but these endlessly reusable bags are non-toxic and can seriously reduce your carbon footprint. Did you know that plastic bags take around 20 years or more to breakdown? And since they are made from synthetic material that cannot be consumed by microorganisms during the process of decomposition, they don’t actually biodegrade. They simply disintegrate into tinier pieces.

Stasher has prevented over one billion plastic bags from entering landfills and oceans by offering silicon bags as an alternative solution. You’ll be contributing towards a good cause when you purchase one of these. Stasher donates a portion of every sale to nonprofits like Surfrider and 5 Gyers that are committed to saving our oceans from the harmful effects of plastic waste.

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Stasher Silicone Reusable Food Bag 1.9L, Clear | Stasher Silicone Reusable Food Bag, Snack Storage Size, 220ml, Lime

10% OFF with a min. purchase of 2pcs. Till 21 Apr (Wed).

3. Drink up with a reusable straw and travel mug

It probably takes only two minutes to slurp up a cup of bubble tea with a plastic straw, but it takes 200 years for that plastic straw to break down. If you’re not horrified yet, a plastic cup can take up to 450 years to disintegrate! Save the planet by changing your drinking habits. Nubo’s array of colourful pocket straws are convenient to bring on-the-go. Each straw is easy to assemble and comes in a pocket case to keep clean.

If you enjoy a frequent caffeine fix, it’s a good idea to invest in a travel mug. STTOKE Reusable Ceramic Coffee Cup is sleek and eco-friendly. The double wall insulation will keep your beverage hot for up to 3 hours, and the ceramic material is supposedly shatterproof for clumsy hands.

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Nubo Blue Whale Straw TC11, Ocean Blue | STTOKE Reusable Ceramic Coffee Cup 12oz, Luxe Black

4. Pack your own lunch to work

Avoid takeout meals that rely on single-use plastic containers and disposable cutlery. Bring your own lunch to work with an EcoHusk lunchbox, made from TEXa Rice Husk – a bio-based green plastic material containing 51% bio-based rice husks, 49% recycled plastic and plant starch. Rice husk is a by-product from the rice milling process and usually discarded or burned. This agricultural waste has been repurposed into material that is less harmful to the environment compared to synthetic plastics. EcoHusk lunchboxes are antibacterial, antifungal, and BPA free. If you’re particular about design and placement, this multi-tier box has two layers to separate the cutlery from your food.

We know it might seem like a hassle to meal prep, but the benefits are worth it. Homemade food is healthier than your typical grease-filled hawker fare, so you’ll be saving calories and the planet at the same time.

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EcoHusk Lunch Box, $13.90 (Usual $19.90). Till 21 Apr (Wed).

5. Stay hydrated with a sustainable carafe

“Be water, my friend” said Bruce Lee. We might not embody all the metaphysical properties of water like the famous martial artist, but H20 is certainly our friend. Water is necessary to perform a whole host of bodily functions, like carrying nutrients and oxygen to our cells or flushing out toxins.

SOMA's filters are made of 65% renewable, plant-based materials from sugarcane. This means they have a lower carbon footprint and are free from BPA and phthalates. Enjoy your daily intake of water with SOMA Glass Carafe. This beautifully designed carafe is made from shatter-resistant, borosilicate glass and holds 6-cups or 1.4L of water. Fill it with regular tap water and let the filter work its magic to remove chlorine, zinc, cadmium, copper, mercury and unwanted taste or odour.

For every filter sold, a part of the proceeds is donated by SOMA to charity:water, a non-profit organisation that provides safe-drinking water to people in developing countries.

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SOMA Glass Carafe | SOMA 2 Pack Filter

6. Recycle your trash efficiently

According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), a mind boggling 7.23 million tons of solid waste was generated in Singapore in 2019. Over the last 40 years, the amount of waste disposal has increased seven-fold. Despite government campaigns to raise awareness, the rate of recycling has actually decreased. Between 2018 to 2019, domestic recycling went down from 22% to 17%. We know there are many eager beavers out there who love the environment. So how do we narrow the gap between intention and action? It all starts at home.

Joseph Joseph takes the hassle out of recycling. The Split™ 6 Steel Waste & Recycling Bin, White makes it a no-brainer to dispose and recycle in a single unit. Featuring dual compartments and hands-free soft opening lids, sorting your trash has never been easier. If you don’t have the luxury of space to keep multiple receptacles for different types of trash, then this all-in-one is for you. Save space. Save the planet.

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Joseph Joseph Split™ 6 Steel Waste & Recycling Bin, White $109 (Usual $238). Till 21 Apr (Wed).

7. Stay clean, the green way

Frequent hand-washing has become a good practice during the pandemic, but liquid soaps that are sold in disposable plastic pump bottles are bad for the environment. Invest in a good quality soap pump for your kitchen that can be reused multiple times. SimpleHuman Sensor Soap Pump with Caddy has a touch-free sensor and silicon valve to prevent messy drips. It is easy to refill with SimpleHuman Liquid Soap Refill Pouch. This soap formula is biodegradable, hypoallergenic and contains no sulfates, parabens or DEAs. Go green! It’s that simple.       

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Simplehuman Sensor Soap Pump with Caddy | Liquid Soap Refill Pouch, Mandarin Orange

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