How To Create The Perfect Low-Waste Pantry

Pantry organisation has become somewhat a trend over the past few years. As shows like Keeping Up with The Kardashians, and The Home Edit gave us a sneak peek into the extremely organised, meticulously neat set up of celebrities’ pantries, the aspiration to also position our lentil containers so that they were aligned in colour gradient was sparked. Maybe that was just me. Regardless, the interest in pantry organisation is shared unanimously, with #pantryorganization being viewed over 491.2M times on TikTok.

This trend, however, did not originate from the far regions of The Kardashian/ Jenner household in Los Angeles. The pantry was invented in the Middle Ages when cooks kept supplies and food in separate rooms, due to the requirements of different storage conditions. The pantry was traditionally where bread was kept, which is where its name comes from. Originating from the French term “paneterie”, it is derived from ‘pain’, the French for bread.

A far cry from its rustic origins, pantries now offer a millennial home a large space to keep dry goods and other long-life foods stored away carefully in a well-ordered and aesthetic way. As well as their organisational benefits, pantries also aid in keeping a low-waste home, which is perfect for those trying to live more sustainably.

If you too are tempted by the concept of living a more sustainable life and would like to create the right pantry for you…

Here Are Our Steps To Creating The Perfect Low-Waste Pantry:

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1. Picking the right spot

Find an area in your home that could potentially be fashioned into a pantry. Many people are often under the assumption that a pantry is only possible with an entire room to spare. However, with London apartments on a slightly smaller scale, giving up your bedroom for rice and pulses may be a large ask. So, the aim is to look for any space or cupboard that feels unused or could be put to a better purpose. The closer to the kitchen, the better (for obvious reasons) but apart from that, there are no set rules as to where you choose.

2. Choose a design that works for you

Choosing a suitable design and layout is key for upholding a successful low-waste pantry, as it’s got to work for you. There are a few different traditional styles that have progressed throughout the years such as butler pantries, cupboard pantries, walk-ins, and slide-outs.

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Different pantry styles will offer different practical benefits. For example, the Butler pantry was created as a storage/ serving space. Holding more than just food- this pantry style is about also keeping the heavy-duty equipment away from countertops, along with table linens and utensils. Alternatively, for someone who is not particularly drawn to the shiny gadgets of a kitchen, opting for a slide-out pantry will probably be best suited to you, as it holds only the essentials.


When considering a style, it’s important to take into consideration how you would like your items displayed to you, whether that be collected into categories or alphabetically, it’s all about finding what works best for you. If trying to stay low-waste, it’s helpful to have a pantry that makes sense to you, so that you know what’s in there to avoid excess buying.

Choose Your Low-Waste Containers

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One of the most essential elements to creating a low-waste pantry is picking the container storage. Glass containers are favoured by many as they are refillable, minimising the need for excess or plastic packaging. They also give the added advantage of displaying their contents clearly so that picking out ingredients is simplified and efficient. An extra sustainable plus, it to try and make sure containers offer alternatives to plastic lids. At Wearth London, we provide a range of sleek glass sets with either wood or metal lids to accommodate to your own personal style.

3. Fill It Up

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Now for the fun part. With a beautiful pantry all laid out and ready to go, the next step is to fill it with all your favourite things. For a simple pantry, long-life ingredients such as lentils, pasta, rice, and herbs are a great place to start. With the success of low-waste pantries, there are many options to now buy refill ingredients that avoid using plastic packaging. In partnership with inn, Wearth London now offers an entire section of our marketplace dedicated to ‘zero waste food staples perfect for plastic-free food shopping to complement your weekly shop’. Furthermore, all our pantry fillers come in plastic-free jute bags which can be returned to us free of charge, for your next order.

We are currently offering 10% off on all first orders, so head to the Wearth London Pantry for a look at our range of low-waste goods.

4. Plan, Plan, Plan

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Finally, as well as being used for food storage, a great usage of pantries is to provide a space to plan meals. Something as simple as hanging a chalkboard on the inside of a door, where meals can be planned out throughout the week, means only buying ingredients that are necessary. Each year roughly 1.6bn tonnes of food goes to waste, which is nearly a third of the food produced globally. By planning out weekly meals, we can each help avoid this by only purchasing what we need to eat.

Pantries are a growing sensation globally and it’s understandable as to why. With all the possibilities that a pantry can offer, we hope our step-by-step has provided a little guidance in how to create a simple and stunning low-waste pantry.