Apart from recycling glass jars into food containers, trading paper products for cloth, and buying groceries free of plastic, there are a few other ways to make your kitchen greener.
I don’t understand the obsessed with trading in their straws for fancy metal ones. I don’t think I’ve used a straw in 10 years or more. But, these switches I found are the most helpful and meaningful in my daily life.
Reusable snack bags
I recently perused Amazon in search for the perfect solution to all of the snack bags that we were using before going plastic free. And just look at how cute are the ones on the left! I bought them by default because the others were out of stock. But I’m not unhappy. Russbe makes an amazing product with recyclable packaging and the minimum amount of plastic to secure the product to the cardboard. When they’re soiled, just wash them by hand or toss them in the dishwasher. ($29.95 for a pack of 4)
Snack’n’Go, I like even more because it is a light weight cloth bag that has a light liner to protect the food. It can hold larger more voluminous items. And best of all, it’s made here in Barcelona. I like shopping local products. I bought these on Amazon, but you can also find them in Culinarium. And then come in many interesting patterns. When it’s dirty you can toss it in with your load of laundry. (9,95€ each)
Microfiber Dish Mat
Below our dish rack (we do most dishes by hand), we have a large sponge dish mat to collect the water. It can be washed but is meant for single or limited multiple uses. When perusing Culinarium this weekend I found an excellent solution to having to buy this sponge every few months, the microfiber dish mat above (here’s a cheaper alternative for $6.49: dish mat). There is some debate about microfibers make it into the ocean and causing more pollution. Read this article from Patagonia. So before I put it to wash, I am going to do further investigation of the proper way to wash it. And for that matter we all need to be more conscious about how we launder our clothes to have the least amount of impact. I’m very interested to see the solution that Patagonia proposes.
Silicone Baking Sheet
Trade in that roll of aluminium foil for a silicone baking sheet. I know silicone is another polymer that will eventually run it’s useful life. But I think this is a excellent solution to using mounts of foil when you are baking. It also helps to reduce your shopping expenses. I invest in a product like this because it is durable and is going to have a long useful life in my kitchen. If you bake frequently this could be a great solution for you. In the Amazon has their version here that you can get for a really good price. (It’s on sale for $9.96)
Glass or stainless steel containers
I learned quite a while ago about the harmful impact of having plastic food storage containers and switched to glass containers with a hard plastic top. I absolutely love theses. There were a bit pricier because I purchased them from Culinarium, but you can even find great quality glass food storage at Ikea. I have two and they are excellent quality and super durable. As you can see I take them to the butcher to get my chicken each week. They really keep the food fresh. They weigh a little more, but not significantly, and they are quite sturdy. (You can get 9 containers for $32.99)
The next solution is a two fold product. I like to buy beverages that also come in a reusable bottle, like the vermut bottle above from Espinalers. It’s not a tool that I am buying to use in the kitchen, but at the same time it is. I reuse these bottles for water, or fresh squeeze juice, and the glass keeps the drinks fresh and cold in my fridge. You can also use them when you go to purchase liquids at a bulk store. They are perfect for collecting wine, beer, olive oil, vinegars, you name it!
I hope that gave you some ideas of what you can do to make your kitchen even greener. Check out this post for more ideas for a green, plastic free home.