A plastic free kitchen

Have you ever thought about how to cut plastic from your life? Portsmouth City Museum has updated their 1930’s kitchen to show us how people lived without plastic back then, and there are some surprisingly good ideas for today.

Staff at the Museum are using the 1930’s Highbury Estate kitchen to show how we could lead a more planet-friendly lifestyle. Returnable bottles, bars of soap, taking your own food and drink on outings, fruit straight into your basket, paper packaging, net covers for jugs are all easy ideas we could use now.

The project was supported by Portsmouth’s One World Week group who want people to think about how we might learn from the past and change our lifestyles. We have to cut out plastic because its wasteful; it’s damaging our sea life (think Blue Planet); it can take centuries to biodegrade and we already have a landfill problem.


The museum is free to enter, and open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm, so why not pop in and check out the 1930’s kitchen for yourself, and see what differences you can spot!


Then if you get inspired to go plastic free in your own kitchen here are great tips from Friends of the Earth. 


You can download the Living without plastic tip sheet from the Portsmouth City Museum here.