Starting your journey to a more sustainable lifestyle can seem difficult and overwhelming. With so many new products on the market that are more eco-friendly, how do you even begin? The kitchen seems to be the central hub for all things in most households, so why don’t we start there? Here are our 5 favorite sustainable swaps for your everyday kitchen needs.
Paper Towels Vs. Swedish Dish Cloths
Though it sounds a bit silly, a Swedish dishcloth is actually a pad that is made up of a small percentage of cotton and a larger percentage of cellulose. Cellulose is a biodegradable natural plant material that makes this cloth super absorbent. These cloths are resistant to bacteria and instead of having to constantly toss them in the washing machine, they wash up like your dishes in the top rack of the dishwasher.
Not only will you be using a cleaner product, but it’ll also save you a ton of money you’d normally spend bulk-buying paper towels for all those nasty spills the kitchen is prone to.
Ziplock Bags Vs. Silicone Baggies
Plastic ziplock bags are the go-to vessel to hold snacks, pack school lunches, or hold leftovers. But that is a lot of single-use plastic that ends up in the trash at the end of the day. Thankfully innovators have taken it into their hands to come up with a solution that suits our food storage needs while helping the environment.
Plastic Wrap Vs. Beeswax Wraps
These wax-coated cotton wraps make it ridiculously easy to store your leftovers without having to fiddle with plastic wrap. Plastic actually makes fresh foods like veggies and fruits ripen faster due to the greenhouse effect. So while you might think you’re saving you’re leftovers, that wrapping isn’t really saving your leftovers in the long run. They are also all-natural, washable, and once they wear out, they can be composted.
K-Cups Vs. Reusable Coffee Filters
Keurig has been a loved coffee companion by so many for years now. The only downside is just how much plastic we waste by using single-use K-cups every time we need our morning coffee. By investing in a reusable coffee filter you’ll be able to ditch those expensive K-Cups and simply refill your filter with your favorite ground coffee for each brew.
Tupperware Vs. Glass Storage Containers
This product switch is two-fold. If you’re an avid meal prepper, you may find you buy those plastic meal containers like crazy. Glass storage containers eliminate the need for flimsy plastic containers that shouldn’t be microwaved anyway.
Not to mention, if you have a local store that sells bulk goods, glass containers or mason jars can help you reduce your plastic waste while shopping as well!
How This All Adds Up
These may seem like tiny switches, but they make a big impact on how much single-use plastic we buy and use. Not only is this safer for the environment but it is better for our wallets. You can save so much by avoiding products you know you’ll end up throwing away after using. Sustainability is easy, affordable, and helps bring us closer to healthier lives and a healthier planet.