Take a look around your kitchen. How much waste is generated by the products that you use? Check out these simple, sustainable product alternatives that are great for any kitchen, whether it’s your kitchen at home or at work!
Reusable Soap Dispensers
If you’re not interested in bar soaps (especially with the flu season quickly approaching), invest in reusable soap dispensers. This goes for hand soap and dish soap. Those single-use, small bottles of soap generate a lot of plastic. You can reduce your waste by buying your soap in bulk and simply refilling your soap dispenser when needed. I would recommend glass dispensers over ceramic and plastic because glass can easily be recycled.
Eco-Friendly Liquid Soap
If you’re interested in using reusable soap dispensers, then you should continue on with your mission to make your kitchen more eco-friendly by use environmentally friendly soaps. Brands to be on the lookout include ECOS, The Honest Co., Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyers. Check out what other soaps are EWG approved!
If you use a sponge to wash your dishes, it’s more than likely made of plastic, which means that it is neither recyclable or compostable. If this is the case, you might want to consider switching to washable sponges or compostable sponges. If a sponge is washable, than you can simply throw it in the washing machine and reuse it many many times. If that idea doesn’t interest you, you can always switch to compostable sponges, which are usually made of cellulose that is derived from plants. An even better alternative is to use a brush to clean your dishes rather than a sponge. Brushes will last a lot longer than sponges and when it’s time to swap your brush head for a new one, simply throw the old brush head in the compost bin. Also, dish soap cubes pair well with dish brushes!
Paper Towel Alternatives
Ditch those single-use, recyclable paper towels for more eco-friendly alternatives! When it comes to cleaning, swap out paper towels with rags, and when it comes to drying, use cloth hand towels instead! There are also now products which basically act as “reusable” paper towels. Bambooee Reusable Bamboo Towels fit on our paper towel holder, but instead of chucking them in the bin, you throw them in the wash so that they can be reused. Since we’re on the topic of cleaning, explore the options of creating your own cleaning products.
Keurigs are great because you can brew your morning coffee or tea and take it on the go (in your reusable travel mug) rather than having to stop by a cafe. As convenient as Keurigs are, they generate a lot of waste. Those single-use coffee pods are not recyclable or biodegradable. John Sylvan, the creator of the Keurig, actually regrets his invention because of all the waste it generates. If you use a Keurig, or any other similar type of product, consider using reusable K-cups. You can still enjoy your morning cup of coffee or tea, while not having to feel guilty about the trash is creates!
Compost and Recycle!
Do you recycle? How about compost? It’s important to recycle and compost to help control methane emissions (a very strong greenhouse gas) and reuse what we can. All food scraps should be composted! Keep a small bin lined with a small biodegradable bag or a compost bucket somewhere in your kitchen. I just found this pretty cool device that allows you to hang a small compost bag in your regular trash bin. Click here to check it out! This device makes getting into the habit of composting very easy. Also, be sure to rinse out and recycle cans and bottles, along with all that paper/cardboard food packaging.
Eco-Friendly Food Storage Products
Reduce your food storage waste by switching to the alternatives below:
- Reusable food wraps are awesome alternatives for plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
- Reusable bowl covers are also a nice way to avoid plastic wrap and foil.
- Food huggers are great ways to preserve already cut fruits and vegetables.
- Reusable food bags making straying away from plastic ziplock bags easy.
- Join the movement to ban plastic straws by using reusable straws.
- Last but not least, don’t forget about your classic food storage containers.