Zero Waste Kitchen Tour

Me and boyfriend recently moved into a new, smaller apartment, which meant downsizing a bit and figuring out our living situation all over again (we lived in a shared apartment before).

Boyfriend doesn’t live a Zero Waste lifestyle, but absolutely supports me in my efforts to reduce my waste, uses and loves my homemade laundry detergent, my cleaning products and is willing to try everything new I come up with – I recently read this really interesting article about the benefits of sleeping on the floor- I’ll keep you posted.

We order a basket of vegetables every week, that is delivered to our doorstep in a wooden box. They used to pack the produce in a big plastic bag but were happy to stop doing that after I wrote them an email. I store salads and herbs in wet cotton towels, which keeps them fresh for about a week. The lower two shelves are mine and the upper 2 are boyfriends, which he uses when he wants to buy something packaged. Separating our food, when it comes to packaging, has been a really good way for me to live my lifestyle without being bothered by his and I can highly recommend it.

To the left, you see my favourite item in my kitchen. I bought this stainless steel french press while visiting a friend in Berlin and have used it almost every day since. I don’t necessarily drink coffee every day but I also use it for fresh herbal teas and my beloved ginger, turmeric, lemon combination. We are still looking for the perfect drinking glasses and in the meantime, we are fine drinking out of our Weck jars.

Spices are one of the most important part of my kitchen and boyfriend and I collect them from bulk options whenever we travel. My current favourite is the curry blend I got in a tiny spice store in Hamburg a few months ago.

As you can see, I have a slight obsession with stainless steel. I love the way it looks and I loooove how versatile and easy it is to clean.

  These are all the miscellaneous items I need to make all of my products.

These plates were given to me by my grandmother when I first moved into my own apartment. I love them and hope they will last for a very long time. If I were to purchase “new” plates, however, I would make sure they are oven safe, which would make them even more versatile.

A blend of scented vinegar and distilled water is all I use to clean my kitchen surfaces. Sometimes, for really fatty spots, I will use a bit of natural Castille soap, nothing more is ever needed.

Nothing makes me feel more content in my home than to have a full fruit bowl.

This is how we store our dry bulk goods. Boyfriend and I also have our own shelve each, where I keep all my teas, some bulk snacks and cookbooks and boyfriend keeps his packaged dry goods and sweets.

We have one stainless steel pot, one glass pot and one pan and we find it is enough for what we need on a daily basis.

In the apartment we live now, they actually have recycling bins -woohoo- which make it really easy to get rid of glass and paper and the only thing left for me to take care of is the compost that fills up once a week and I can just take to a public composting bin.




  1. June 14, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Your new kitchen is beautiful, and now I’m hungry for some cabbage, fennel and pear salad! (Saw the fennel and what looked like a big cabbage in your crisper drawer.)

  2. Suzanne
    June 17, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Hey Florine 🙂 dein Blog ist einer der schönen & hilfreichen, toll!
    Wo ich gerade die Spülmaschine sehe – was nutzt du denn als Spülmittel und Klarspüler?
    Mach weiter so! Liebe Grüße!

  3. Rebekah Jaunty
    October 20, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    What a beautiful kitchen!

    • October 28, 2017 / 8:37 am

      Thank you Rebekah!☀️

  4. Stephanie
    February 17, 2018 / 3:14 am

    Is that a grain mill on your counter? What do you use it for? Do you think it could grind seeds and nuts, too?

    • February 18, 2018 / 8:27 am

      Yes it is! I use it mostly for making bread and homemade buns but for pretty much any occasion I need flour. You can’t grind seeds or nuts with it though because of the oils they contain, they would get rancid and ruin the grinding stone because the flour would start sticking to it. If you want to grind seeds and nuts and still kind of get the benefits of a mill, I’d go for a good food processor or a Thermomix instead. Some of them cut so well that they cut grains into flour and there you can also grind seeds and nuts. ☀️

  5. kara
    August 1, 2018 / 8:23 am

    Hey Florine 🙂 Can you tell me more about public composting bins in Aarhus? I’m moving there in September 😀

    • August 1, 2018 / 8:48 am

      Oh, how cool! Well, there really is no such thing yet. Aarhus has community gardens that allow people to compost if they ask for permission. Other than that there really aren’t a lot of options. I know that Uni kitchens sometimes have composting bins so if you are moving close to one, that could also be an option. It really is a shame but I am sure that will change in the future. Aarhus only started its recycling program last year so everything is very much in the beginning stages. How cool that you are moving to Aarhus, definitely write me a message when you’re here and we’ll go for coffee!

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