Let’s make your kitchen more eco-friendly!
In a recent blog I talked about the best eco-friendly alternatives for your bathroom essentials. Now I’m gonna share easy swaps that you can implement to have a more sustainable and eco-friendly kitchen. These simple alternatives are a great way to use less plastic, reduce waste, and ultimately save money in the long run. It’s important to not throw anything away just yet. Getting rid of items just to replace them, isn’t sustainable. But, once you’ve run out of an item or it has become unusable, it’s time to switch to a more eco-friendly option! With this in mind…
Here are 10 eco-friendly swaps for your kitchen
1. Reusable “Paper” Towels
People might not even realize how many single-use paper towels that they go through every day. This is extremely wasteful. Anything a paper towel can do, a cloth towel can do better, as it is more absorbent and can be reused. Think about it- paper will never be as effective as cloth for soaking up spills and messes. Reusable “paper” towels can easily be rinsed off and even thrown in the washing machine after use. They are a great replacement for paper towels and help you cut back on waste.
2. Silicone Bags
Once you run out of Ziploc bags, there’s no need to get more. There are way better alternatives out there for plastic bags. For instance, reusable silicone bags are just as convenient and easy to use as disposable ones. They keep your food fresh and can even be put in the freezer, microwave, or dishwasher. Switching to these will help prevent even more plastic from piling up in our landfills.
3. Biodegradable Sponges & Dish Brushes
Skip the synthetic sponges and plastic dish brushes for more eco-conscious options! Opt for sponges or brushes that are made from natural and eco-friendly materials that can be composted at the end of their life. Pro-tip: if your sponges or brushes become too worn or dirty for washing dishes, you can still use them for cleaning other things like your bathroom. Don’t compost them until there’s absolutely no more use that you can get out of them.
4. Hand & Dish Soap
A lot of stores sell hand and dish soap in bulk, so you don’t have to keep buying small bottles that need to be frequently replaced. If there’s a refill store near you, bring a bottle from home to fill up on whatever soap you need. This will help reduce plastic waste. Another alternative for bottled hand soap are soap bars, which get rid of plastic packaging all together! These are great options for limiting the amount of plastic in your kitchen.
5. Reusable Food Wrap
Like plastic bags, there are plenty of alternatives to plastic food wrap. Instead, try something like beeswax food wrap, which is made from all natural materials. You can get them in all different sizes and most can last you up to a year or longer. After each use all you have to do is rinse it with water and let it dry before using again. And at the end of its life, you can compost it!
6. Silicone Baking Mats
Parchment paper who? We don’t need to keep buying single-use and disposable liners for baking. Silicone baking mats eliminate the need for non-stick sprays and are more eco-friendly compared to parchment paper. They also keep your food from directly contacting potentially harmful non-stick and metal surfaces.
7. Glass Containers
Instead of using plastic tupperware for food storage, opt for glass. It will last longer and is better for you and the planet. Plastic containers are a cause for concern because they have been shown to leak harmful chemicals into our foods. Plastics like Bisphenol A (BPA) have also been linked to breast cancer tumors. Additionally, this plastic is also harmful for our earth, as it fills up landfills. Choosing glass containers and jars for storing food is the better and safer option.
8. Reusable Shopping & Produce Bags
While many countries and states have been banning the use of plastic bags at grocery stores, there are still a lot of places that offer them. Whenever you go grocery shopping make sure to bring reusable bags with you, as well as mesh produce bags! Keep them by your front door or in the car as a reminder for yourself. There’s been a few times where I’ve accidentally left without grabbing some on my way out. And if you do find yourself in this situation, opt for paper instead of plastic bags at checkout.
9. DIY Natural Cleaning Solution
Using harsh chemicals in a place where we are handling food, doesn’t make much sense. Harmful cleaners aren’t good for our health or our environment. Try making your own natural cleaning solution at home with simple ingredients like vinegar, water, and essential oils. Read more here about how to make it! Creating your own cleaning solution will not only reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals, stop them from polluting our planet, and reduce plastic waste, but it is also often cheaper in the long run!
10. Compost Bin
Stop, don’t throw that food into the trash can! Instead, compost it. Like other trash, food scraps end up in our landfills where they release the greenhouse gas methane. This potent gas is a big concern for the environment, as it significantly contributes to global warming. Composting food at home, reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint. Check out this guide for composting at home.
These are all really simple and effective ways to make your kitchen more eco-friendly and sustainable. If you have any other ideas on how to incorporate sustainability into the kitchen please comment your thoughts down below. Also, feel free to ask any questions!
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