In The Kitchen
We purchase non-perishables such as rice, beans, flours, grains in bulk as we can to avoid packaging waste. We store our non-perishables in sealable air-tight (and pest-proof) bins for longevity.
Whenever possible, we purchase our perishable and fresh products from local farmers who deliver in returnable boxes or in totes we have provided, and we send them back for refills. This eliminates packaging waste.
We only buy Alaska fish. We make the effort to purchase beef and other primal proteins from local farmers as we can or from west coast small farmer sources.
We do not use any single-use plastic other than sturdy garbage bags. This includes straws, cups or water bottles, plastic food film or wrap. Since we fly our recycle waste in airplanes to Anchorage and we live in heavily bear-populated places, we need to secure our garbage into transportable containers.
Any food waste from our kitchen is weighed and discussed. It is placed into tubs and sent to a local farmer to compost and feed his animals.
We take used kitchen cooking oil to a reclamation center.
Rechargeable batteries and USB rechargeable are utilized where possible. Spent batteries are taken to a reclamation center.
We use kitchen hand towels that are washed and sterilized. We use a hydrogen peroxide solution for surface disinfectant and cleaning.