Living a sustainable lifestyle isn’t just about recycling or choosing not to use a plastic straw at Starbucks (though these are great), but it’s also about being conscious of the items in your home. The kitchen is one of the spaces where it’s easy to make small changes that in turn make a huge difference in sustainability. With all the eco-friendly products out there, having a zero-waste kitchen is more achievable than ever—here are VALLEY’s recommendations for eco-friendly kitchen products.
Reusable Sandwich Bags
Moving from regular plastic sandwich bags to reusable silicone ziplock bags is an easy way to use less plastic, while also saving money on single-use bags. These ziplock bags are eco-friendly and can be used to store leftover foods in your fridge or freezer, as well as being perfect for on the go snacks. These reusable food bags from Earth Sider are microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe and will help keep your foods stay fresh with their airtight seal— shop it here.
Your typical kitchen sink sponge is filled with germs, as well as being made out of soft plastic, full of toxins and chemicals. Making a switch to this vegan and biodegradable sponge is a great way to be more eco-friendly. This kitchen sponge from Green Ocean Co. is made of natural plant fiber and doesn’t contain plastic or synthetics. Shop the three-pack of sponges here.
Reusable Coffee Tumbler
Whether you’re bringing coffee or tea on the go or just need a chic cup to drink out of at-home— having reusable tumbler on hand is essential. The amount of plastic used when you get coffee at Starbucks or your favorite local coffee shop every day really adds up. These KeepCup glass reusable cups will help eliminate the use of plastic in your everyday life and are so minimalistic and cute that you’ll want to use it. Their cork edition cups come in two sizes with three different lid color options— shop it here.
Reusable Bee’s Wrap
Using reusable bee’s wrap instead of plastic wrap is an easy switch to make to use less plastic in the kitchen. These waxy sheets of cotton are made with beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin and are reusable, washable and compostable too. The reusable wraps can be used to seal containers or portions of foods to store in the fridge or on the go— shop this set of bee’s wrap here.
Having a water filter in your fridge is such an easy way to reduce the amount of plastic you use by cutting out the need to buy single-use water bottles. This Brita water filter holds up to 25 cups of water, making it convenient for households or apartments with multiple roommates. It also has a dispenser, making it easy and efficient to fill up your glass or reusable water bottle—Shop it here.
Reusable Produce Bags
Having reusable produce bags, along with reusable grocery bags, is an easy way to be more eco-friendly when grocery shopping. These cotton mesh produce bags are great for anything you would normally use plastic produce bags for, such as storing any type of delicate fruits and vegetables. These reusable bags come in four different sizes and are washable and biodegradable—shop it here.
Reusable straws are great to have on hand in your kitchen, as well as in your purse for on the go use. There’s a variety of eco-friendly straws on the market from metal to paper, as well as these all-natural bamboo straws from World Market. This set of eight straws is great for perfect for iced coffee, smoothies and even happy hour drinks—shop it here.
Glass Food Containers
Reusable food containers are a must-have in the kitchen for meal prep, leftovers or even just to store some fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. These glass containers with eco-friendly bamboo lids are high-quality and durable, as well as simple and stylish. Glass containers are also safer than reusable plastic containers because they are BPA free, phthalate-free and non-toxic. They are also microwave and freezer safe, and the glass is dishwasher safe. Shop this set of glass food containers here.
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