Take Care of What You Own – Food Safe Wood Butter for Wooden Utensils

DIY Wood Butter
I’ve been meaning to try out a wood butter for some time. We have a lot of wooden utensils in our kitchen and over time, they’ve begun to look more and more dry, rough and some are even beginning to split.
The first recipe I looked up involved mineral oil – a petroleum by-product and something I avoid. Luckily, the second recipe used food-safe ingredients I already had.

Here is what my utensils looked like before (not the most aesthetic):

Wooden Kitchen Utensils - Before Wood Butter
Wooden Kitchen Utensils – Before Wood Butter
Wooden Kitchen Utensils - Before Wood Butter
Wooden Kitchen Utensils – Before Wood Butter

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My First Zero Waste Switches

My First Zero Waste Switches

Back in April, I discovered Zero Waste. Don’t ask me how I discovered it, because for some reason I can’t remember (probably Instagram or Pinterest browsing). I considered myself pretty clued-in when it came to environmental movements and yet for some reason, this one had completely skipped me. I started browsing zero waste hashtags on Instagram and Pinterest to find out more. Apparently, I’ve been living with my head completely in the sand in regards to waste. It seems silly now. I just thought I was doing much better than most, with my reusable shopping bags and my insistence on recycling.

Since then, I’ve slowly begun to make switches while continuing to do research on the subject.

1) I switched from a plastic toothbrush to a bamboo toothbrush
I must admit, even before zero waste, I had taken an environmental step back when it came to toothbrushes. I used to use a plastic toothbrush which you could replace just the head on – reducing the amount of plastic that ends up going to waste. The heads became more difficult to buy though, and at over £4 a pack, I decided just to switch to 20p toothbrushes. Waitrose had just begun to stock Humble Brush – a bamboo toothbrush with biodegradable nylon bristles – when I discovered zero waste. Humble brush is slightly over-packaged for my liking – it comes in a glossy cardboard box with a biodegradable plastic insert which seems a little unnecessary. It is the most accessible option for me though, as it is the only zero waste option stocked in our town.

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