9 tips for a zero-waste kitchen

Waste of any kind is bad news for both our planet and our wallets. With a change of mindset, a few habit updates and helpful products, we can all help to make waste a thing of the past.


Don't throw... regrow

Spring onions, leeks and some other vegetables can be completely regrown - place the rooted base into a jar filled with water, and watch it grow.

Kids love projects like this, too! They can even take a quick phone pic each day to track their new sprouts' progress.
Light wood table with a yellow onion sprouting in a KORKEN jar

Freeze your past-their-prime veggies

Chop them up, put them in a bag (this one is made of 85% renewable material from sugar cane production) and freeze for sauces, soups, stocks and smoothies.

Did you know that a third of all food harvested and produced in the world is lost or wasted every day? Every step toward making our own kitchens zero-waste helps make a difference.

See what you've got

Transparent food storage helps you remember to use things up before they expire and know when you need to restock, at a glance.

Take containers along to shops where you can bulk-buy to reduce packaging waste completely.

Home-grow your herbs

Shop-bought herbs are pricey, have a short shelf-life, and often come in layers of plastic. A sunny windowsill is all the space you need to grow your own.


Turn scraps into extra flavour

For just about every leftover fruit, vegetable or herb, there’s a pickle, preserve or pesto you can turn it into. And, herbs, garlic, chillis and lemons can be used to infuse cooking oil.

Glass bottles filled with your delicious food projects make great gifts.

Throw in the laundry instead of the trash

Moving from paper disposables to reusable cloth towels and napkins instead is an easy switch that saves paper every single day.

Instead of adding to the dryer load, stretch flat and let air dry for a crisp finish that folds neatly.

Love your leftovers

The heroes of any no-waste lifestyle: containers for leftovers! Eat healthier, save money and time and never waste another bite of your delicious home cooking.


Take it from the tap

Glass bottles for tap water, lemonade and iced tea means less packaging waste, less money spent and fewer extra-heavy shopping bags.

Add mint leaves to the bottle while chilling water for an extra-refreshing treat.

The last resort

If you absolutely can’t avoid throwing produce away, the next best thing you can do is to keep it separate. Food waste takes years to decompose in landfill and can be turned into nutritious compost instead. If recycling isn’t supported in your area, it’s possible to create your own compost bin, even in an apartment.