Making your kitchen more sustainable can feel impossible. It can become expensive over time, and it’s hard to even know which items you need. Don’t fret, though. While you might be concerned with switching your beloved kitchen items to more sustainable products, just remember that you save the planet by doing your part.
And what are the other benefits to becoming more sustainable? Well, according to Huff Post, making your household more sustainable means you create less waste, use less energy, and produce less pollution. Plus, you’re able to support Fair Trade workers, change your carbon footprint, and save money over time. With all these benefits, you have no excuse not to jump on this train to make your kitchen less wasteful.
However, building a more sustainable home means you have to do a little research. And while you could spend hours (even days) trying to find the right and best products to buy, we did all the work for you. Scroll below to find the best of the best sustainable kitchen gadgets. Your kitchen might not end up being 100 percent sustainable, but you’ll be able to head in the right direction. Plus, Mother Earth will thank you.
1. Abeego Food Wrap
Bees make it, you use it.
Instead of using plastic wrap to keep your food fresh, buy beeswax wrap when you want to preserve edible items in the fridge. According to some food safety experts, certain components in various plastic wraps can seep into our foods. And that can make us sick over time. However, when you use a beeswax wrap, you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals getting into your food or wasting product (because it’s reusable!). Plus, when you use this specific wrap, you help save bees! What’s not to love?
2. Bondre Bamboo Kitchen Cloths
Hey, if pandas like it, it must be good, right?
While you can continue to buy paper towels, doing so typically adds more waste to our already over-crowded landfills. And no one wants that. Instead, buy kitchen cloths that are made from 100 percent bamboo. Why? Because the natural material is fast-drying, and it absorbs spills like no other.
3. Soda Stream FIZZI
Get your soda fix the sustainable way.
If your family household loves soda, invest in a soda stream machine. With it, everyone can make their own favorite concoctions at home. Not only will the machine give you any kind of soda right in the comfort of your home, but you won’t have to worry about throwing away giant plastic bottles every other week.
Teflon is not your friend.
Even if you cook all your food at home, some experts note that substances and fumes from Teflon pans can creep into your produce and meats. While those fumes may not cause cancer, as previ0usly believed, the fumes can still be very harmful. Instead of using those cooking items, opt for Teflon-free cookware that is stainless steel and use a ceramic non-stick coating.
5. Elegant Live Microwave Food Covers
Save the planet and the mess.
Of course, you don’t want to create a mess when you’re reheating your leftover Postmates in the microwave. But you don’t want to waste hundreds of paper towels when covering up your plate either. Luckily, you can buy FDA-approved BPA-free silicone covers to safely reheat your food without worrying about killing the planet.
6. Credobags: Bulk Bags & Produce Bags
These items will safely transport your food.
Instead of bringing your food home in plastic bags, you can use reusable mesh bags to save the planet from plastic waste. These Credobags, specifically, are made from organic and recycled cotton and linen. You can even wash them when necessary. Plus, they come with drawstrings so you don’t have to worry about losing any single grapes or cherries.
7. Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag
Say goodbye to plastic sandwich bags for good.
Over time, you can create a lot of plastic waste by using plastic sandwich and snack bags. However, this 100% pure non-toxic platinum silicone from Stasher will keep your food safe and prevent it from going bad. Their pinch-lock seal is completely innovative. Oh, and each bag is dishwasher and microwave safe.
Your mom would be so proud.
To get people to stop using plastic for good, this company is creating stainless steel containers that easily transport your lunch to and from work or school. Take the box on a picnic if you’re feeling especially fancy. There are dozens of styles and colors to choose from. And these eco-friendly items are extremely easy to wash. Hello, dishwasher safe!
9. Frego Glass Food Storage Container
Plastic-free food storage containers? Yes, please!
If you don’t feel safe lugging glass Tupperware with you wherever you go, opt for these silicone BPA-free containers to keep your food safe and away from PVC leaks. The silicone protects the glass bowl with its dual lock lid seal and the whole item is oven-safe, microwave-safe, and dishwasher-safe.
10. Sapadilla Dish Soap and Counter Top Cleanser
Yes, your dish and cleansers can be sustainable, too.
This Canadian company creates eco-friendly hand, dish, and countertop products that make cleaning more sustainable and safe. The bottle is made with plant-based ingredients. And you can pick from three different aromas of sweet lavender and lime, rosemary and peppermint, and grapefruit and bergamot.
11. Ball Mason Jars
You can literally use them for everything and anything.
While mason jars are especially popular for wedding decor, they also fan favorites in the sustainable community. You can use them for food storage, grocery shopping, or as drinking cups. And the sealable jars are incredibly easy to clean because they’re made from glass and aluminum.
12. Esse Premium Reusable Folding Grocery Bag Set
Make food shopping easy and sustainable.
Instead of bringing your food home in giant plastic or paper bags that you either have to recycle or throw away in your regular garbage, buy a reusable grocery bag set to transfer all your items from the store to your home with ease.
13. YETI Rambler Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler
This cup prevents trees from dying and keeps your coffee from getting cold.
If you don’t already have a YETI, you need to get your hands on one ASAP. Not only will the tumbler keep your beverage hot or cold for hours (and hours), but buying a reusable cup will prevent you from purchasing plastic water bottles. You can bring it anywhere with you and can also ask any barista to fill it up with your coffee order.
14. Kitchen and Home Bamboo Towels
Another solution to your paper problem.
If you can’t let go of your paper towel habit (we understand the struggle), you can purchase bamboo towels that feel and look exactly like paper towels. What’s the trick? Well, they can be washed and reused 120 times before you throw them out. While they are on the pricer side for a single roll, they’ll last you for about six months, so it’s honestly a really good deal.
15. Food Huggers Reusable Silicone Food Savers
Sorry plastic wrap, it’s you, not us.
Have you ever opened your fridge and found that your produce has gone bad? If you want to prolong their life (duh, who doesn’t?), then you have to get these reusable silicone food savers that will protect your food from going bad. They come in a set of five (with different sizes), so you never have to worry about buying plastic wrap ever again.