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15 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Gadgets You Can’t Live Without

15 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Gadgets You Can’t Live Without

Environmental sustainability and consumer impact are hot topics right now. According to a 2019 article from Forbes, 77% of people want to learn more about a sustainable lifestyle and 85% of people say they recycle! These statistics are promising, but there’s more we can do. 

If you are looking for a few easy ways to green your routine, the kitchen is a great place to start! The kitchen tends to be a part of the home that produces a lot of waste. From food packaging to food waste, the kitchen generates a lot of items for the local landfill. The CDC has a great list of sustainable lifestyle changes and ways we can lessen our impact on the environment and move toward a low-waste life.

Luckily, nowadays, there are simple steps we can take as consumers to start making our kitchen a little more eco-friendly. From swapping out single-use containers for reusable ones to replacing often-used items with sustainably-sourced counterparts, you can make your kitchen a space in your home that is easy on the environment.

Ditch the Plastic for Eco-Friendly Kitchen Gadgets

The easiest way to make your kitchen more eco-friendly is to ditch single-use plastic: plastic sandwich bags, plastic water bottles, plastic food containers. They are cheap and convenient but not good for the environment because, according to National Geographic, even if they are only used for a few minutes or a few hours, they exist in our environment for hundreds of years, causing trouble for our ecosystems and wildlife. Getting rid of single-use plastic containers is one easy, impactful change you can make in your kitchen that will help the environment.

Eco-friendly kitchen storage essentials

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of parents say being eco-friendly is important to their families

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of people want to learn more about how to live a sustainable lifestyle

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of parents say avoiding single use plastics is one of their highest priorities to teach kids

Getting rid of single-use plastic containers is one easy, impactful change you can make in your kitchen that will help the environment.

Top Eco-Friendly Kitchen Essentials

1. Reusable snack or sandwich bags

Ditch the single-use plastic and buy reusable sandwich bags instead. Reusable bags come in a variety of materials, from mesh to silicone. You can buy them in various sizes and patterns. Although they will cost you more upfront, the amount of plastic you will save from the landfill will be significant. Plus, these wraps are way cuter in the kids’ lunch bags!

2. Glass food containers

Get rid of your plastic food storage containers and swap them out for glass. Not only will glass hold up better over time, it can also be used in the microwave or even the oven. These are also dishwasher safe. Easier to use and better for the environment!

3. Bamboo or wood cutting board

Not only do bamboo or wood cutting boards look more elegant sitting on your kitchen counter, they are much longer-lasting than plastic if they are properly maintained.

4. Kitchen compost bin

Instead of tossing food scraps and waste into the garbage can (where they ultimately become smelly and leave your kitchen stinky), toss them into a kitchen-top compost bin where they will decompose. When the bin is full, toss it on a compost heap in your backyard and use it to help with your vegetable garden!

5. Reusable shopping bags

Stop using the store-provided plastic bags when you do your grocery shopping because those bags can’t be recycled and last for ages in our landfills. Invest in a few reusable bags and bring them to the store with you each trip. To keep yourself from forgetting them on your next store run, keep them in a plastic bin in your trunk and make it a point to put them back in the bin each time you unload the groceries.

6. Refillable dish soap bottle

Instead of buying dish soap in a single-use container and tossing it in the trash when you are finished with it, consider buying a refillable container and then buy your preferred dish soap in bulk and refilling the container as needed.

7. Refillable hand soap bottle

Like dish soap, hand soap typically comes in single-use plastic bottles that sometimes get tossed into the trash once they are empty. Pick out a pretty refillable bottle to keep by your sink and buy your desired hand soap in bulk to refill your decorative container as needed. Bonus: some large-size hand soaps now come in a cardboard container, meaning no plastic waste!

8. Reusable coffee cup

When you make your morning coffee run, bring a cute reusable cup for your java! Not only will it save cups (Styrofoam cups are especially gnarly!) from the landfills, but sometimes coffee shops will give you a small discount for providing your own cup. Win-win!

9. Microfiber cleaning cloths

Say goodbye to paper towels, which are easy to use but generate so much garbage. Consider switching to microfiber cleaning cloths that can be washed and reused, or other reusable alternatives such as beeswax wraps or cotton napkins.

10. Reusable straws

Move away from plastic straws that are terrible for the environment and switch to reusable drinking straws, which can made from other materials such as silicone or metal. Keep a few in your purse so you can say no to plastic when you are dining out.

11. Reusable produce bags

Plastic produce bags from the store are simply more plastic bags for the garbage can and therefore landfill. Skip those bags by using reusable produce bags instead. Even better, fruit and veggies won’t go bad nearly as quickly in reusable bags as they will in plastic.

12. Reusable coffee filters or refillable k-cup pods

If you like coffee in the mornings, there is a way to make your daily caffeine-jolt more eco-friendly! If you have a regular drip coffee maker, try reusable coffee filters that can be washed and reused instead of tossed with each use. If you own a single cup coffeemaker, buy a small plastic k-cup insert that can be filled with the coffee grounds of your choosing instead of k-cups that are used once and tossed in the trash.

13. Bamboo cooking utensils

Instead of plastic utensils you might use in the kitchen for cooking (spoons, spatulas, tongs, etc.), choose utensils made with bamboo. Not only will they last longer, they will look prettier sitting on your counter than their plastic counterparts.

14. Refillable water bottles

Stop buying bottled water from the store and buy a refillable water bottle instead. Not only do refillable water bottles come in a variety of fun prints and sizes, they come in a variety of materials that will give them a long life in your kitchen.

15. Glass plates and bowls

Sure, paper plates are easier to use, especially if you are having company. Less clean up! And plastic plates and bowls are certainly a safer option if you have young kids (because shattered plates make a hot mess of the kitchen floor!), but glass plates and bowls are easier to clean, better for the environment and will last long than paper or plastic. Plus, they look fancier, too.

Remember, small changes can make a big impact, even in your kitchen. These reusable swaps will make your life easier and you won’t need to take out the garbage as much.  

 

About The Author

Stephanie Jarrett

"Stephanie Jarrett is passionate about all things: family, parenting, travel, and budget-friendly tips. As a Texas-transplant and girl mom of three, she’s a resident expert for ApartmentTherapy.com, Pearachute Kids, Hawaiian Falls, OKC Tourism Board, Livie & Luca, Mox Shoes, Arlington CVB, many more. When she isn’t on a road trip with her three girls, exploring museums, parks and more, she’s probably curled up on the couch with the latest NYT bestseller and a glass of red wine. Follow her adventures in Dallas/Fort Worth and beyond at EverythingArlingtonTX.Blogspot.com.

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