When buying stuff for the kitchen we:
- avoid plastic, pyrex, acaroc and other human fabricated materials entirely as they are difficult to dispose of at end of life.
- choose stainless steel, cast iron, wood and ceramic. These are all resources and are much easier to keep out of landfill, (scrap metal dealer, fire wood, bury, keep for aggregate).
- In most countries, single use glass bottles and jars are able to be recycled, but durable glassware, like glass bowls and glasses (to drink from) can not be. This is because when glass is made it is like making a cake, it has lots of different ingredients, and there are many types of glass ‘cakes’. Single use glass has a lower melt point, if any other type of glass is mixed with it, the whole batch is contaminated and has to be thrown out. However, glass is still a better material than plastic if you consider that it is inert and chemically harmless, like a rock or some other type of natural material.
- buy secondhand, I am always op shopping and keep an eye out for whatever it is we might need. The good thing about op shopping is that whenever I see a nicer version I just trade up and rehome the old one.
- buy quality. Secondhand is not a great option, buy the most expensive, beautiful, multi-purpose thing you can. Maybe it will be such a winner it will do you a lifetime.
- try to keep it simple and question whether we really need something. I personally am not a fan of single-purpose appliances and gadgets (like yoghurt, bread and rice makers) and also like to avoid motors when I can, which builds muscles (seriously, its a thing, check out natural movement online, try Katy Bowman); saves on embedded energy (the extraction and green house gas costs of creating it); and means you can have an alternative that wont ever break down – like a mortar and pestle…and you can carry on in a power cut.