Are you here because you’re looking for ways to reduce or eliminate your paper waste and plastic consumption? Awesome! I’ve compiled a list of the best eco-friendly kitchen products to share with you! Plastic products are one of the most destructive components polluting our Earth.
Committing to plastic reduction can be intimidating in the beginning but don’t you quit on me already!
I’ve included seven budget-friendly tips, in addition to the coolest eco-friendly alternatives for reducing your paper and plastic footprint.
What’s the best advice for switching to eco-friendly products?
Eliminate as much product waste as you can within your financial reality and then gradually work towards removing more. Notate your eco-friendly wants in a journal, put them on your vision board, or add them to your Amazon Wishlist.
Make paper and plastic reduction a priority and start saving money with sustainable kitchen options such as organic cotton Swedish dishtowels and reusable silicone food storage and cooking utensils. Then, focus on switching to higher-priced sustainable products and kitchen gadgets.
If you add up the bags that you bring your groceries home in, the sealed-lock baggies used for meal prep, and baggies used for packing lunches, that’s a lot of unnecessary plastic! Choose to invest in these smart sense alternatives to make lifetime eliminations of your plastic waste.
Reusable Grocery Bags
How many of these plastic bad boys do you have overflowing from underneath your kitchen sink or cluttering your pantry floor? Did you know,
The average American family takes home 1500 plastic grocery bags each year.Biological Diversity
Many grocery stores sell reusable grocery bags with their brand name on them at the checkout counter. However, if you rather not be a walking advertisement, check out these cute storage bag alternatives.
Reusable Produce Bags
Plastic is actually terrible for your fruits and vegetables. Did you know that food stored in plastic bags can infest food by leaching chemicals into them? Additionally, the food spoils much sooner. So why do you propose they’re packaged that way? Hmm…
Budget-Friendly Tip #1– Make your own reusable bags. My daughter and I spent time over at grandma’s house learning how to sew this simple produce bag pattern in a matter of minutes. Added bonus–it created an opportunity for a cherished memory with grandma.
Reusable Sandwich Bags and Reusable Freezer Bags
Did you know this frighteningly interesting fact about plastic bags?
Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which requires 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture.SPREP
Swap out single-use baggies with these reusable food storage containers below:
Reusable Bread Bags
Opt to buy fresh bread from the bakery with reusable bread bags. Currently, I’m eating a Mediterranean Diet and gluten-free so I am not consuming much bread. However, I think these reusable vintage-style bread bags from Onya are the cutest and I’ll eventually get one.
Reusable Lunch Bags and Lunchboxes
Does your family thrive on taking packed lunches to school and work? These reusable food bags for lunch are an affordable alternative to brown paper and plastic bags.
Another way to avoid single-use plastic waste is by using glass jars for food storage. I use mason jars when buying and storing whole grains, lentils, oats, and other bulk items.
Additionally, you can store spices and use them for mason jar meal prep. Learn how to tare jars (weigh) before filling them with bulk foods to avoid overpaying.
Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps
These sustainable products are a great option for reducing single-use plastics such as plastic wrap. So wrap up cheese, fruit, vegetables, baked goods, and bread with reusable bee’s wax food wraps instead.
Budget-Friendly Tip #2- Embrace your inner DIY mama! Pinterest is your best friend for finding blogs for do-it-yourself eco-friendly projects. Like these homemade beeswax wraps and reuseable fabric bowl covers. Also, check out these handmade sandwich bags for sending your munchkins off to school. You’ll need tree resin for the bee’s wraps.
Reusable Beverage Products
Choose eco-friendly kitchen products that you can feel great about having in the home. These reusable beverage products eliminate unnecessary plastic waste.
Reusable Water Bottles
The statistic below is both shocking and alarming,
Globally, humans buy a million plastic bottles per minute and 91% of all plastic is not recycled.Forbes
Reduce your plastic waste by replacing plastic water bottles with reusable water eco-friendly kitchen products.
Overall, when you take into consideration that,
The amount of K-Cups that have been trashed in landfills could wrap around the planet 10 times.The Story of Stuff
You might want to consider another way to enjoy your coffee indulgence. However, if you’re taking baby steps toward converting to zero-waste (and that’s okay), there are reusable k-cups available for your personal waste reduction.
Personally, I love the rich, full flavor of espresso. But I think that comes with living in Washington State. Home to Starbucks and about a million other drive-up espresso stands!
Also, in college, I was introduced to french pressed coffee and can vouch for its exceptional taste.
With over 500 million plastic straws being used daily, several cities, nationwide, have implemented bans on plastic straws. However, they make these fantastic alternatives. Simply toss one in your purse and you’re good to go!
Eco-Friendly Alternatives for Food Storage
Plastic containers are a chancy way to store food, and they become even more dangerous when you reheat your food in them. Choose glass food storage to avoid these health risks. I have this set and they keep food fresh and stack easily in my fridge.
Budget-Friendly Tip #3- Between the people who are Tidying up with Marie Kondo and those who are simply embracing a minimalist lifestyle, there are tons of kitchen treasures at thrift shops everywhere. Pop them tags girl! Ain’t no shame in that secondhand game.
Replace plastic wrap, containers, and baggies with these reusable kitchen gadgets:
Eco-Friendly Kitchen Products for Cooking
Did you know that Teflon (PFAO & PTFE) permanently contaminates air, soil, and water? Choose stainless steel and cast iron options instead.
Bamboo is a popular sustainable option. Because it is a renewable resource. Interesting bamboo fact:
It absorbs carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent stand of trees.Bamboo Grove
Eco-Friendly Kitchen Products for Baking
Remove your need for aluminum foil and parchment paper waste with these eco-friendly kitchen products for all of your baking needs.
Eco-Friendly Paper Towel Alternatives
Did you know that the paper industry is the third-largest contributor to global warming? In fact,
Decomposing paper towels produce methane gas and methane gas is a leading cause of global warming.Dr. Greene
My family has used both of the paper towel selections above. Additionally, we use washcloths and towels for kitchen mishaps to reduce plastic waste. They’re simple eco-friendly kitchen products to eliminate paper waste.
Every day, over 3,000 tons of paper towel waste is produced in the US alone. To make one ton of paper towels, 17 trees are cut down and 20,000 gallons of water are consumed.Dr. Greene
Budget-Friendly Tip#4- Secondhand towels from the thrift store are ideal money savors for drying hands and kitchen cleanup jobs.
Eco-Friendly Kitchen Products for Cleaning
Did you know that most sponges are made from plastic and are not biodegradable? So that means they cannot be composted or recycled. Furthermore, a fairly recent study demonstrated:
Your kitchen sponge could have more bacteria than a toilet seat.Popular Science
Fortunately, there are a variety of substitutes for health-conscious and carefree cleaning. So consider one of these eco-friendly options instead.
Finding soaps and cleansers that are 100% zero-waste can be difficult because of packaging. However, these soap solutions and cleansers are eco-friendly.
Budget-Friendly Tip #5- Make your own soaps and cleansers mama! Again, Pinterest is your friend. Start with this Ultimate Guide to Homemade All-Natural Cleaning Recipes. But don’t forget to grab some glass spray bottles for your finished product!
Biodegradable Garbage Eco-Friendly Kitchen Products
Garbage bags are another everyday waste. But with statistics like these,
Americans use 100 billion plastic bags every year. That’s one bag per person EVERY DAY.Food Brothers Disposal
We need to be better at finding other ways to line our cans. Additionally, we have a newer option to use reusable trash bags.
Budget-Friendly Tip #6- Buy a handful of pillowcases from the thrift store and use them to line the recycle bins and smaller garbage cans throughout your home.
Furthermore, you can always opt to go without a garbage bag. It’s the simplest and most cost-effective solution. Use a natural cleanser to wash out your cans when needed.
Compost Eco-Friendly Kitchen Products
Also, if you choose to compost as part of your zero-waste kitchen transformation, you’ll avoid spoiled food scraps from stinking up your trash can. And you’ll be being your best in helping the environment.
Budget-Friendly Tip #7- Did you know that you can make your own compost bin? Visit this ultimate guide to DIY compost bins and get your creative juices flowing.
What do you think ladies? Did I forget any obvious eco-friendly kitchen products? Do you have any recommendations that my readers and I don’t know about? Please add them to the comments below. And– can you help me out and share this list if you found it useful? Thanks and have a blessed day.
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Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and spirituality.