The kitchen is often the busiest part of the home which means it also produces the most waste. In our house, the kitchen is where everything happens from unloading the groceries, making meals, checking the mail, and emptying out backpacks. It's why the trash can in the kitchen is the largest one in the house and I know we're not alone. However, there are many things we can all do to make our kitchens more sustainable.
We've put together 6 easy ways to create a more sustainable kitchen which will allow you to reduce waste and create a more eco-friendly home!
1. Soap Refills
2. Beeswax Wrap
Beeswax wrap is a wonderful swap for plastic and saran wrap. Still a relatively new concept, beeswax wrap is essentially cotton fabric coated in beeswax that can be used to wrap items such as fruit, vegetables, and sandwiches. It can also be used to cover bowls of leftovers. Beeswax wrap can last 6 months or more depending on how well it's cared for. The only reason you would stop using the wrap is when it's no longer sticky enough to do its job at which point you would simply toss it in the compost bin.
3. Dish Scrubbers Made of Natural Materials
We've all had that plastic dish scrubber sitting by our kitchen sink that has seen better days. You know the one. Plastic handle, plastic bristles. Our collection of bamboo dish scrubbers are a great alternative to plastic. The bamboo handle is super sturdy and the palm bristles are ultra strong. Plus they're completely natural and sustainable!
4. Glass or Stainless Steel Straws
Plastic straws are another item that is consumed at lightning speed. Fortunately, there are many great alternatives here such as glass straws and stainless steel straws. They look great and also eliminate one more piece of plastic waste from your home!
5. European Dish Cloths
While paper towels aren't exactly bad for the environment, we could lighten the load a bit by using reusable dish cloths where we can. If you've never heard of a European Dish Cloth, now you have! These paper towel alternatives are incredible at cleaning tough messes. They don't break apart easily and can last up to 9 months with proper care. Plus, they're biodegradable!
6. Refillable Soap Dispensers
The name of the game for any eco-friendly or zero-waste home is to reuse whatever you can. The longer you can make something last, the less your environmental impact will be! Refillable and reusable soap dispensers are a wonderful companion to your soap refills. They will last you years and can be filled with your favorite soaps over and over again. By swapping your single-use plastic soap bottle for a refillable soap dispenser and soap refills packaged in recyclable packaging, you're eliminating plastic waste entirely from your kitchen soap routine!
Working Towards a More Sustainable Lifestyle
It would be unrealistic to think that you could completely change your lifestyle overnight. Not to mention the unnecessary pressure that would put you under. If you can only commit to one of these changes, that's great! Small steps over time lead to big results. We're not here to tell anyone what they should or shouldn't be doing. Our mission is to give everyone the tools to live a more eco-friendly and sustainable home in the way that works best for them.
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