Zero Waste Kitchen Tour

Me and boyfriend recently moved into a new, smaller apartment, which meant downsizing a bit and figuring out our living situation all over again (we lived in a shared apartment before).

Boyfriend doesn’t live a Zero Waste lifestyle, but absolutely supports me in my efforts to reduce my waste, uses and loves my homemade laundry detergent, my cleaning products and is willing to try everything new I come up with – I recently read this really interesting article about the benefits of sleeping on the floor- I’ll keep you posted.

We order a basket of vegetables every week, that is delivered to our doorstep in a wooden box. They used to pack the produce in a big plastic bag but were happy to stop doing that after I wrote them an email. I store salads and herbs in wet cotton towels, which keeps them fresh for about a week. The lower two shelves are mine and the upper 2 are boyfriends, which he uses when he wants to buy something packaged. Separating our food, when it comes to packaging, has been a really good way for me to live my lifestyle without being bothered by his and I can highly recommend it.

To the left, you see my favourite item in my kitchen. I bought this stainless steel french press while visiting a friend in Berlin and have used it almost every day since. I don’t necessarily drink coffee every day but I also use it for fresh herbal teas and my beloved ginger, turmeric, lemon combination. We are still looking for the perfect drinking glasses and in the meantime, we are fine drinking out of our Weck jars.

Spices are one of the most important part of my kitchen and boyfriend and I collect them from bulk options whenever we travel. My current favourite is the curry blend I got in a tiny spice store in Hamburg a few months ago.

As you can see, I have a slight obsession with stainless steel. I love the way it looks and I loooove how versatile and easy it is to clean.

  These are all the miscellaneous items I need to make all of my products.

These plates were given to me by my grandmother when I first moved into my own apartment. I love them and hope they will last for a very long time. If I were to purchase “new” plates, however, I would make sure they are oven safe, which would make them even more versatile.

A blend of scented vinegar and distilled water is all I use to clean my kitchen surfaces. Sometimes, for really fatty spots, I will use a bit of natural Castille soap, nothing more is ever needed.

Nothing makes me feel more content in my home than to have a full fruit bowl.

This is how we store our dry bulk goods. Boyfriend and I also have our own shelve each, where I keep all my teas, some bulk snacks and cookbooks and boyfriend keeps his packaged dry goods and sweets.

We have one stainless steel pot, one glass pot and one pan and we find it is enough for what we need on a daily basis.

In the apartment we live now, they actually have recycling bins -woohoo- which make it really easy to get rid of glass and paper and the only thing left for me to take care of is the compost that fills up once a week and I can just take to a public composting bin.

 

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  1. June 14, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Your new kitchen is beautiful, and now I’m hungry for some cabbage, fennel and pear salad! (Saw the fennel and what looked like a big cabbage in your crisper drawer.)

  2. Suzanne
    June 17, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Hey Florine ­čÖé dein Blog ist einer der sch├Ânen & hilfreichen, toll!
    Wo ich gerade die Sp├╝lmaschine sehe – was nutzt du denn als Sp├╝lmittel und Klarsp├╝ler?
    Mach weiter so! Liebe Gr├╝├če!

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