The term ‘zero waste’ can be intimidating, sometimes deterring people from trying to cut down at all- but reducing waste doesn’t need to be such a daunting task, as even minor changes can help to make a difference. Something as small as changing the type of bin you have, or how you display your foodstuff, can alter your everyday habits, in turn helping the environment.

If you are one of the growing number of UK households that are keen to be greener but don’t know where to start, we’re sharing a selection of handy tips and ideas to help you make the changes that are possible in your kitchen life.

1. Take the hassle out of recycling

Did you know that 60% of rubbish that ends up in your bin could be recycled?

Disposing of waste responsibly is a key concern in many households, and it can be a challenge to make sure paper, plastic and waste items are kept separate. Without dedicated, segmented areas for recycling, what could be an easy task can become a tiresome, difficult one. So, why not take the hassle out of recycling with a built-in solution?

At Second Nature, our multicompartment Gollinucci waste solutions are available in a variety of colours and are designed to fit a wide range of units, helping you to create a simple, spacious recycling system where items are easily divided, to enable you to keep on top of sorting your waste.

Easily separate recyclable items from general household waste by choosing a waste bin that features one to four compartments:

No matter how complex your local recycling policy is, we’ve got a solution to help. Visit our website for more information.

2. Say no to cling film

As cling film is designed to be single use and isn’t generally recyclable, there are a range of better choices out there for wrapping food in an environmentally friendly way.

If you like to wrap your food in the same way you would cling film, beeswax wraps are a great biodegradable alternative with the ability to mold to a shape, allowing you to store food and seal containers easily. They also last for up to a year, and can then be used as eco-friendly fire lighters once they’ve ran their time as food storage.

Or, why not opt for Tupperware, which is available in most general supermarkets and kitchenware stores? Although made from plastic, the containers can be used over and over and will last for as long as you look after them, making them the perfect solution for reducing waste.

Ask your local Second Nature retailer for information on our brand-new Kesseboehmer Space Flexx- the perfect solution for Tupperware storage.

3. Reassess your kitchen storage

The Guardian reported that UK households waste 4.5m tonnes of food a year that could have been eaten.

An impressive full-height larder or storage solution, such as those from our storage partner Kesseböhmer UK, give you much greater visibility of your groceries. If you can see exactly what’s in your cupboards, you’re a lot less likely to rebuy products by accident and to let food go out of date, resulting in a lot less avoidable waste!

Explore our range of larder units here.

4. Switch out plastic kitchen sponges

Little budget yellow and green kitchen sponges are used across the UK everyday, and are accidentally washing tiny particles of plastic into the sea with every use. As our water filtration system fails to filter out the plastic particles, they then absorb a range of toxic chemicals from the sea and become a hazardous meal for fish and ocean wildlife.

Then, who eats the fish and the hazardous chemicals?

You guessed it- humans.

If that wasn’t enough to deter you from the synthetic sponges, they are also not biodegradable, meaning the amount of little, used sponges sitting in landfill will be unimaginable.

For an easy swap, why not opt for sustainable, biodegradable alternatives which are available from a variety of online suppliers, such as Eco Vibe and Peace With the Wild?

5. Make your own

From biscuits to cakes, a lot of snack foods are bought in single-use plastic packaging that can’t be recycled. For a creative way to cut out unnecessary packaging, why not give baking your own snacks a go?

Our Journal has a range of recipe ideas if you’re looking for inspiration, such as our Chewy Chocolate Ginger Biscuits, or our Warming Ginger Parkin Cake. Check out our Journal for a range of different tasty treat ideas.

6. Recycle your carrier bags

Did you know that plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose?

The majority of us are guilty of forgetting our bags for life now and again, then hoarding one too many carrier bags as a result- normally in the car, in the cupboard under the stairs, or spilling out of kitchen cabinets. However, a lot of us are also guilty of throwing these away when we have too many.

As carrier bags can’t be recycled with most of the UK’s general recycling, it can be all too easy to just pop them in the bin, or to use them as bin bags when we’re done- but, did you know that most big supermarket stores have a soft plastic recycling facility? So, when you’re finished with your carrier bags, don’t throw them away, simply collect them up and take them with you next time you do the big shop and pop them in your local supermarket’s collection bin.

7. Opt for plastic-free tea bags

Tea bags may appear to be just paper and tea, and it is true that the majority of the bag decomposes, but many are sealed with polypropylene which will eventually seep into the ground and release toxic chemicals.

Opt for plastic free alternatives which state they are biodegradable or compostable, or loose leaf tea at the supermarket to make sure your daily brew won’t leave a negative trace!



If you’re looking to reduce waste in your kitchen, we’d love to hear which tips you’re trying, or if you have any of your own that we’ve missed out! Let us know over on social media.

Would you like to discuss how we could help integrate waste-reducing ideas into your upcoming kitchen design? Find your local Second Nature specialist retailer to explore your options: