First off, I just want to start this post by saying that The Small Adventurer is a NO JUDGEMENT ZONE. I am NOT here to tell you what to do, judge you for what you do, or try to make you feel guilty. I will be the first to admit that I don’t do nearly as much as I could for the environment, but like everyone else, I am trying to make small changes.
2018 has been the year that people – including myself – have really woken up to the environmental issues, particularly the problem with plastic, and how much it is affecting our ocean life. It’s heartbreaking what’s happening to those animals, but it’s great to see so many people trying to make a difference in the world.
COOKIES I MADE INSPIRED BY STUDIO DIY‘S CAN’T CLUTCH THIS LINE
Whilst I was baking one day, I realised that there were choices I could make that would help lessen the effects that I personally was making towards the amount of waste that goes to landfill, especially considering that sometimes I bake three different recipes in one day!
So, these are just some small changes that I am going to try to make as often as I can, and if you have any other ideas for me, then let me know! Some of these things had never even occurred to me before, until I started looking for ways to create less waste, so there is probably many more things I could do to be even better at it.
Once again, this is a judgement-free zone. You can do all of these, one of them, or none, and I’m not going to say a word, because I know not everybody is in the position to make changes like this. I just thought I’d share them with you all today as I honestly hadn’t thought of a couple of them until I really tried looking for things to change. Perhaps they’ll give you a lightbulb moment like they gave me! Either way, happy baking ☺️💕
USE REUSABLE PIPING BAGS INSTEAD OF DISPOSABLE
This was the most obvious idea that came to mind, and I know that most bakers I follow online already do this. However, I’m going to be honest there: back when I first started baking, I ordered HUNDREDS of disposable piping bags online, as I thought it’d be much easier than washing a reusable one.
I still have heaps left, so instead of throwing them out unused – which I feel is even more of a waste – I am going to use them all first, but I’ve already bought a few reusable piping bags for me to switch to once I run out. Whilst I know washing them is going to be difficult (if you have any tips, let me know!), I AM looking forward to them being much stronger than disposable ones, which break if you’re piping a mixture that is too thick or stiff.
USE A METAL CAKE TESTER INSTEAD OF SKEWERS
We always seem to have skewers at home, so they were my go-to when checking if cakes are done, or drawing fine details onto baked goods, but once I realised how many I was going to, I knew something had to change. A quick search on eBay showed me that there are some super cute and super CHEAP metal cake testers out there that will do the exact same job, are really easy to clean, and won’t contribute to landfill! Score!
USE SILICON MATS INSTEAD OF BAKING PAPER
This is the newest realisation that I had. I was watching a baking YouTube video where they used a silicon mat and said “or you could use baking paper”, and it suddenly clicked that you could use silicon mats for all baking!
I have one that I’ve used for macarons as it has the circle guides on it, but you could use it for cookies, or just get a plain one and use it for anything that you would normally use baking paper for. A great way to eliminate waste AND save money in the long run!
BUY FREE RANGE OR CAGE FREE EGGS
I guess this one is more of an ethical choice rather than an environmentally friendly one, but I still wanted to include it as it’s one that is important to me. Once again, I will not judge you for buying caged eggs as they ARE the cheaper option, and not everyone can afford to get the free ranges ones, especially if your household goes through a lot of eggs.
We usually buy cage free as we don’t want to support caged eggs, but the free range ones can get quite expensive, especially when you’re buying as many as we do. The cage free eggs are only a few dollars more, and we can walk away knowing we’re not supporting something we don’t agree with. I’m really looking forward to when we’re not students and both have full time jobs, as being able to do things like buy free range eggs won’t be such an issue anymore.
Do any of you have anymore suggestions on changes I can make to be more environmentally friendly? Most of our waste comes from the kitchen, but if there’s tips that you have for other areas of the house and aspects of life, then do let me know! Every little thing counts, and I want to make sure this world stays beautiful 💕
Until next time,