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Eco-Friendly Kitchen Tips

Going “eco-friendly” and switching over to a more sustainable lifestyle can feel really overwhelming. Virtually every aspect of your life can be made “more sustainable” in some way, where do you even begin? I’m here to help!


First, I’d like to start off by saying: you don’t have to do everything at once! Trying to dive off the deep end before you can even doggy paddle is a surefire way to make sure you never swim again. (That metaphor totally works, right?). My point is, start small. For this blog post, I’m going to just go over a few of my favorite ways to be more eco-conscious in your kitchen. The below categories are all just places to start-- try choosing one and going from there! There’s a quote I love because it hits the nail on the head:

“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” -- Anne Marie Bonneau

Okay, so let’s dive in.

Storage Containers

There are so many more sustainable options for storage containers than plastic. My go-to is glass, and here is why: it’s an all-around safer option than plastic. Glass is nonporous and doesn’t allow chemicals to leach into our food like some plastics can. Glass containers are able to withstand higher heat, and some glass containers can even go from storage right into your oven for baking or heating. In general, glass is more leak-proof than plastic. Glass storage containers typically have a longer lifespan than plastic, and they are fully recyclable.

Other options for storage containers include stainless steel and bamboo.


Food Storage Bags + Wraps

Plastic bags, cling wraps and foils that were once very commonplace are becoming less and less common, and for good reason-- there are so many eco-friendly alternatives out there. There are a few different brands of reusable, zip-top silicone bags that can replace your plastic bags, like Stasher Bag and Zip Top Bags. Another great option is a product from Lunchskins-- they make a great recyclable, reusable sandwich or snack bag! Still have a stock of plastic sandwich or freezer bags that you don’t want to throw out? No worries! Just re-use those bags until you can’t anymore. I haven’t bought plastic baggies in years, but somehow still have a few of them kicking around. I just hand-wash them and re-use them until they’ve run their course.

There is also this amazing product called Bees Wrap, which is basically a waxed cotton sheet that you can use much like you would cling wrap, but you can wash and reuse them! They come in a bunch of different sizes for whatever wrapping needs you have. Helpful tip: don’t wash your bees wrap in warm or hot water, it will melt the wax… I clearly didn’t read the instructions and learned that the hard way!



Non-Toxic Cleaners

This is a big one! So many conventional cleaning products have endocrine disrupting ingredients in them, or strip our environments of all bacteria-- good and bad, or end up dumping toxic chemicals into our water su