I think there are three main reasons…
1) Landfill issues. By reusing the product we already have, we eliminate throwing more away. Stay away from plastic-ware and ziploc bags. Using a bowl and lid or cloth bags can do the same exact things. I play a game with myself every week to see how many items I can keep out of my trash can.
2) Stay healthy. “Normal” plastic can easily crack with wear and can leech toxins into food. Yuck! Stainless steel is one of the strongest metals and will last a long long time. Glass and ceramic do not stain and keep in smells. So many wonderful alternatives! When buying plastic make sure it is bpa-free and even better if it can biodegrade back into the earth.
3) Saving money. I love how reusing saves us lots of money. Not having to buy saran wrap or plastic bags anymore puts more in my wallet. It is easy to find eco-friendly options at thrift stores, garage sales, or get creative and use your own. My latest glass jar of honey is now the spot I put loose change.
Go through your kitchen and see what you can slowly start to replace and reuse. 🙂
How do you store your food?