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Today I’m sharing ten super simple steps to a more eco-friendly kitchen, from reusable storage bags to silicone drinking straws and baking mats!
Over the past few years we’ve been trying to make an effort to be less wasteful and more intentional about the items we purchase that are usually disposable. I’ve tried to find innovative ways of reducing our trash output, and today I’m sharing with you ten super easy ways that you can start doing the same thing in your kitchen too!
How many of those thin produce bags from the grocery store do you throw away when you get home from shopping? For us, it used to be a lot! We love fresh fruit and vegetables and obviously do a lot of home-cooked meals from scratch, and so I finally purchased a set of reusable produce bags that I bring with me to the grocery store. These are a super easy way to reduce plastic waste, and are washable! Pro tip: After washing the bags, store them in your car with your normal reusable grocery bags so you don’t forget them!
We go through soooo many plastic storage bags. Between marinating meats, storing food in the freezer, and many more kitchen uses, this is one item that is the hardest to replace. I finally found a set of reusable silicone storage bags that I like and have started using them to replace some of our disposable plastic storage bag uses, but I will be the first to admit that this is a hard one for us!
I notoriously hate plastic wrap, because not only is it wasteful but it never seems to actually stick to dishes and perform the task that it is supposed to. Therefore, I gladly purchased these reusable food wraps from Bee’s Wrap! I love them for wrapping up fruits or veggies that aren’t finished (like those half lemons or onions!) for using later. Easy to wash too!
This was one of the first changes I made in our kitchen! These silicone baking mats fit perfectly on standard baking sheets, are dishwasher safe, and can replace either tin foil or parchment paper that I would normally use for cooking, roasting, or baking in the oven.
I also started replacing our plastic food storage containers with glass containers when the plastic one get worn out. I like that I don’t have to worry about chemicals from the plastic containers, and I also feel like the glass reheats the food more evenly in the microwave than plastic does!
This is an easy change to make! Save paper towels and paper napkins by switching them out for cloth napkins which you can easily throw in the washing machine with your kitchen towels.
I also started switching out paper towels for microfiber cloth rags a while ago, and this is a really easy change to make. I use these cloth rags for most of my cleaning and to wipe down the kitchen counters, and then just throw them in the wash with the kitchen towels when I’m done.
I finally purchased a set of silicone drinking straws before our last Disney World trip, and they are a great option for reducing plastic use. I like these straws because they come with a handy storage bag and cleaning brush which makes traveling with them much easier!
When I started making my own homemade ice cream, I needed a good storage system for the ice cream. Enter these silicone ice cream tubs by Tovolo! I love that they are safe and BPA-free, and dishwasher safe!
And last but not least, I’ve been replacing some of my cleaning products with items from brands that are more environmentally friendly and with more natural ingredients. Specifically, I’m loving the Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning supplies right now, especially because they’ve got a Pumpkin Spice fragrance that’s perfect for this time of year!
Now it’s your turn: what is one way you’ve tried to be more eco-friendly in the kitchen? Share with me below!
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Hello and welcome to The Charming Detroiter! I'm Sarah, a suburban wife, expectant mother, and physician from Metro Detroit who loves cooking, fashion, travel and home decor! Most of all, I love organizing it all, and I'm glad you're here so that I can help you too! To learn more, click here!
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