8 Sustainable Kitchen Products For A More Eco-Friendly Home
Making environmentally conscious decisions in everyday life is not always as easy as we would like it to be. Sure, you shop at the farmers market and carry your organic vegetables home in a canvas bag. But from that roll of cling film in the closet to the mountain of seltzer jars cluttering the trash, the kitchen is actually the source of a significant amount of waste. Fortunately, setting up a greener kitchen – especially saying goodbye to all single-use plastics that clog landfills and oceans – can start with a few changes.
Over the past decade there has been a boom in innovative, sustainable kitchen products that help you keep your home clean and well organized while being environmentally friendly. The field includes dish soap packed in beeswax trays instead of plastic bottles, reusable silicone bags that eliminate the need for plastic zippers, and even odor-free indoor composters that allow you to turn your leftover food into soil without setting foot outside. Whether you prefer to start small with a swap or are ready for big changes, these eight sustainable kitchen products will help make your home and everyday life a little more environmentally friendly this year.
Silicone storage bag
These food grade silicone bags offer everything a disposable zippered bag can do and a lot more. Aside from freezing leftovers and snacks, they’re microwave-friendly (try throwing popcorn kernels in!), And the airtight seal makes them suitable for sustainable sous-vide cooking. The bags are dishwasher safe, which means you can get an eco-friendly kitchen for years to come.
Paper towel alternative
Five two compostable sponge cloths
Throw away the paper towels (and the grubby sponge while you’re at it) this year. These sturdy little towels tackle messy counters, sticky refrigerator shelves, and a sink full of cereal bowls (or wine glasses) with grace. They’re easy to clean – in the dishwasher, washing machine, or microwave – so turn them quickly and they’re ready to go again. And if at some point they show signs of wear and tear, you can throw them in your compost heap instead of the trash.
Etee Dish Soap Concentrate Pods
If you’ve already switched to a sustainable dish soap (like the 7th generation), take it a step further and say goodbye to the packaging altogether. Etee’s concentrated, botanically scented, chemical-free detergents are housed in beeswax bowls. Just squeeze the soap into a glass dispenser, dilute it with water, and scrub those pots and pans. The pods are fully compostable and the soap comes in plastic-free containers, which means there is no waste – just sparkling dishes.
Reusable product bags
Naturally sensible reusable product bags
If you still rely on plastic bags when shopping and storing products, these nylon bags lead the way. They’re the perfect size for a bunch of spinach, half a dozen apples, or a pound of cherry tomatoes, and the mesh design leaves them see-through so you can’t guess what’s inside as you cook them. The bags are durable and machine washable and also serve as a storage place for cosmetics, toys and travel items.
SipWell stainless steel straws
Plastic straws are a landfill nightmare, but many of the eco-friendly alternatives are disappointing (here’s how to break up paper straws!). Fortunately, metal straws are environmentally friendly and much easier to drink. SipWell straws come in a variety of lengths to suit your tall, tall, or venti lifestyle. They contain a brush for easy cleaning. Put a few in your cutlery drawer and tuck one in your pocket so you can sip sustainably on the go. (For people who don’t like metal or prefer a more flexible straw, here are some of the best reusable straws out there today.)
Alternative plastic wrap
Skip the cling film and switch to this reusable food wrap made from organic cotton, beeswax, and jojoba oil. The beeswax makes the cotton pliable and sticks firmly to bowls or casserole dishes and goes well with cut products and cheese. The wraps come in different sizes and are both washable (so you can use them over and over) and biodegradable.
SodaStream One Touch
SodaStream was the original soda and seltzer machine on the market and remains one of the best. The One Touch is characterized by speed, ease and the ability to select the desired degree of carbonation. The bottles are BPA-free and allow you to keep your splash habit without clogging your trash with lots of plastic bottles or aluminum cans.
Vitamix FoodCycler FC-50
Vitamix is best known for its powerful blenders, but they’re just as impressive a home composter. The Petite Machine is a powerhouse for sustainability that turns vegetable and fruit bowls, egg shells, coffee grounds and other waste into soil for your garden or indoor plants – right in your kitchen. The machine runs at the push of a button, while a carbon filter system removes odors and pests.