When I stop to think about the amount of plastic bags, paper towels, foil and saran wrap I’ve used in my life, it makes me cringe. WHAT A WASTE! I truly didn’t know any better but now that I do, we are committed to reducing the unnecessary single-use waste in our home. Especially when it comes to every-day kitchen needs.
We’ve made some great swaps in the last couple of years which in the long run, reduces a ton of waste and bonus, saves money. Here’s are three easy kitchen swaps to reduce single-use products in your home:
1. Stasher bags
I love these 100% silicone bags which come in a variety of sizes (1/2 gallon, pocket, sandwich, snack & stand-up) and colors. I use them just as you would ziploc plastic bags storing everything from snacks on-the-go to food in the fridge, frozen items in the freezer and travel needs (anyone else always seem to need a ziploc when traveling?). If we all made this swap, we’d prevent millions of single-use plastics from piling up in landfills and polluting our oceans.
2. Reusable paper towels
Paper towels are incredibly convenient. They’re easy to reach for when wiping down the counters, drying hands, cleaning up spills, etc. but they are wasteful. Try subsidizing paper towel use by keeping a jar of reusable towels on your counter – we really like the brand Unpaper (they come in several colors – you can shop them here) but you could just as easily use towels you already have in your home.
3. Beeswax wrap
These beeswax wraps / Abeego wraps (I have both brands and they’re both great) are pretty genius! Better for the environment than disposable foil/plastic, these reusable wraps are great for covering large bowls, dishes, baked goods, etc. Made of organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, they come in small, medium and large. To use, you simply wrap your item and create a seal. When done, wash with cool water and mild soap then let air dry.
What sustainable ways do you swear by?