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Posted On: 5 March 2019 04:03 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 10:18 am

7 life hacks to reduce kitchen waste in Qatar

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We live in a world that is no longer safe. Global Warming. Plastic Pollution. Waste. Carbon Emissions. The Greenhouse Effect. And more!

Who is responsible for making the world unsafe?

We are.

What should we do?

A lot more than we're doing right now. It's true that Qatar is striving towards making the country a better place to live by promoting awareness on recycling, reducing waste and plastic pollution, etc., but, as individuals, it is also our responsibility to do our part to make the world around us a safer place to live.

In this Life Hacks in Qatar, we're looking at kitchen waste and the different ways we can reduce kitchen waste so we can lessen the burden on Qatar's limited landfill area that is filling up fast. Read on for more!

1. Ditch the paper towels and paper napkins…

Switch to cloth which is a good alternative that can be reused. You can either buy kitchen cloths or cut up old towels, bed sheets or old T-shirts, etc. and use them to wipe counters and other surfaces. This will help reduce excess waste.

2. Buy products in bulk…

Bulk food

To reduce waste, especially food items that you eat a lot. When you buy food products, fruits and vegetables in bulk, you reduce packaging/plastic waste, and also save money.

3. Stop using plastic bags…

Reusable bags

...and use reusable bags that are sold very cheap by most of the supermarkets in Qatar like Carrefour, Lulu, etc., You can also use cloth bags, or reuse old plastic bags and paper bags while out shopping. This will definitely help to reduce plastic pollution and also waste.

4. Use reusable containers…

…that can be made of glass to store food, etc. It’s best to have some airtight glass containers that can not only be reused, they will keep the food items fresh for a longer period of time. Another thing you can do is to reuse plastic containers, if you have any, especially when you go to a restaurant and bring home left over food in plastic containers.

5. Bring home left-over food…

Leftover food

…when you go to a restaurant. You can eat it later (I usually really enjoy any leftover food from my restaurant visits the next day). This will help to reduce food waste.

6. STOP using plastic at all…

say no to plastics

…whether its plastic bags, straws, disposable plates, cups, water bottles, utensils, ketchup and mayonnaise sachets, etc. Use recyclable and reusable alternatives to reduce waste; it’s really not that hard to stay away from plastics.

7. Plan your meals…

…and only buy those food items that are necessary, so you don’t have to throw anything away that you don’t use within the expiration date or that rots before you get to it. This will not only reduce waste, but will also build a habit of eating things fresh and save your money. Oh, and try not to buy anything on impulse or when you’re hungry, you’ll only end up buying things you really don’t need.

What are you doing to reduce kitchen waste? Did you find the life hacks useful? Do you have any other life hacks to reduce kitchen waste? Do let us know your thoughts in our Comments section. Like and share the article - it keeps us going!