10 Ways To Make Your Kitchen More Eco-Friendly

Now more than ever, it’s so important to be conscious of the way we live and how our actions affect the environment. We all know certain things that we can do to be a little more green – thrifting clothes, ditching the plastic straws – but there’s actually many more swaps and tips we could use in our own homes to be more eco-friendly.

Our kitchens, in particular, are full of single-use products, products wrapped in plastic and countless other things that we know do the Earth no favors, but these days it’s surprisingly easy to cut those items out!

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Here are just ten things that you can do to make your kitchen a little more eco-friendly.

  1. Switch to ‘un-paper’ towels
    • For many of us, paper towels are a go-to when we have to clean up a small spill in the kitchen, but those small spills have a huge impact on the environment. It takes around 17 trees and 20,000 gallons of water to make a ton of paper towels, and we use over 13 billion pounds of paper towels each year in the USA alone!

    • We like them because they’re easy, but it’s almost as easy just to use a dish towel and wash it afterward, right? You’d be making a big difference to your carbon footprint!

  2. Pick up some reusable napkins

    • Similar to paper towels, napkins use a lot of resources to produce, only to be used to wipe sauce from the side of someone’s mouth one time and then be thrown away – what a waste of a tree!

    • If you ever use paper napkins in your own home, why not pick up some reusable napkins instead? They’re less wasteful, better quality, and can be folded into little swans to impress your dinner guests! What’s not to love?

  3. I’ve been using silicone storage bags for about a year and I absolutely love them! They are so well made and can be used for anything, not just food. I would highly recommend Stasher Bags! Click to shop.

    Ditch the plastic packaging!

    • We all know how important it is to try and stay away from single-use packaging, so it’s a good idea to look for plastic-free alternatives to products we use regularly! When you’re shopping, notice that there are certain items that come in plastic bottles or bags and glass jars or containers. Choose the glass-packaged product whenever possible

  4. Save your energy and save the planet!

    • If you’ve abandoned your dishwasher and started washing dishes by hand to help the environment, then we’ve got some pretty good news for you – you don’t need to do that!

    • Washing the dishes by hand actually uses far more water than a dishwasher cycle. If you have a dishwasher, it’s much better to make use of it – just make sure that you’re filling it right up each time.

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5. Pick up some natural sponges…

  • Synthetic kitchen sponges are incredibly harmful to the environment, since hygiene experts recommend you replace them every two weeks, and a single one can take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill.

  • A much better alternative is to pick up a natural sponge or scrubber. Biodegradable, organic and just as effective, this is definitely a switch worth making.

6. …and some steel wool?

  • Steel wool lasts much longer than a synthetic sponge, works better and is made from sustainable materials. In some areas, you can even recycle them once you’re done!

7. Keep your cleaning products natural!

  • Cleaning products are packed full of chemicals that are harmful to the environment, and they aren’t much better for you, either. Bleach, for example, can give off harmful fumes that can really damage your lungs after regular exposure and it pollutes the water, making it no good all round.

  • There are so many natural cleaning products on the market and so many of them are just as effective as their more chemical-heavy rivals. See how many of your usual cleaning products you can replace with a natural version. Better for the planet and better for you!

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8. Consider your food storage solutions!

  • Have a habit of storing leftovers in Ziploc bags? Break it! Ziploc bags could take hundreds of years to break down, and many of us have a habit of throwing them out after one use.

  • The best thing you can do for the environment here is to ditch the bags and make the switch to reusable containers, preferably made from sustainable materials such as glass or silicone. This option even makes your food healthier and better tasting! Ever notice that water in disposable plastic bottles tastes bad after a while? That’s because plastic is made of toxic chemicals that eventually seeps into its contents. Eek! I’m totally sold on glass and silicone!

9. Accept the washing up…

  • We’ve all stocked up on paper plates and plastic cutlery when throwing a party at home, usually to avoid having to do a lot of washing up afterward. After all, paper plates can’t be that bad, can they?

  • Actually, a single paper plate can take up to five years to decompose, with plastic cutlery, of course, standing strong well into the next century after being thrown out. What’s more, these items are often sold in huge multipacks, so many will find their way to landfill without ever even being used! The best thing to do is to avoid purchasing these products altogether.

10. Try plastic-free grocery shopping!

  • More and more zero-waste grocery stores are popping up around the world, so why not grab some reusable containers (we’ve already suggested a few above!) and see if plastic-free grocery shopping works for you?

  • Of course, this is a fairly new concept, and there are still many items which aren’t available in these stores, but you can get a variety of fruits, vegetables, rice, cereal, pasta without having to throw out any packaging, and that will make a huge difference to the waste output of your weekly grocery shop!


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