Baking has been a resurging pastime since quarantine, and with the compounded all-time access to Netflix’s Great British Bake-Off, there’s been no getting around making tarts, baking bread and popping streusels left and right. However, there is a lot of excess waste via parchment paper, aluminum foil, paper liners, plastic wrap and food wrappers. While some paper waste is somewhat unavoidable, here are some of the ways I’ve cut back on plastic wrap and various baking paper products:

Free Baking tips for less wasteful baking:

  • Instead of buying parchment paper, save your butter wrappers to cover and store food after washing them
  • You can easily grease a baking pans with your saved butter wrappers 
  • Instead of paper cupcake/muffin liners, greasing the pan with butter or vegetable oil
  • Bake an amount that you think will be eaten, so none go in the bin
  • Baking vegan sweets

Reusable Bakeware to invest in for a less wasteful baking: 

  • Purchasing reusable pastry cream bags instead of single-use pastry cream bags
  • Purchasing reusable silicone cupcake liners
  • Investing in Bees Wax wrappers, which can act as an alternative to plastic wrap

This will be an ongoing list, so if you have any waste-reducing tips please feel free to leave a comment down below with your own sustainable baking practices!

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