Sustainable Kitchen Products that Help Reduce Waste
The year is 2021, and a sustainable alternative for the product you’re looking for is still tricky to find. And we’re talking about sustainable sustainable—like products that are ethically sourced, completely biodegradable, and carbon neutral. Unfortunately, because these environmentally friendly alternatives are not the most readily available at your local shops (because larger corporations don’t supply sustainable sustainable products), it can be challenging to find the time to track them down.
To save you some time, we’ve gathered up some neat products that can make your kitchen a little more eco-friendly.
Sustainable Kitchen Cleaning Products
Compostable Sponge Cloths. Food52 has designed sponge cloths made from plant fibers and water-based ink that’ll decompose through home composting within six weeks. Featured on Forbes, these sponge cloths are a thoughtful replacement for paper towels.
▴ Five Two Compostable Sponge Cloths ($29 for a set of 10)
Plastic-Free Dish Soap. These plastic-free dish soap bars, by Etee, are entirely plant-based and composed of USDA Organic Coconut Oil, USDA Organic Castor Oil, USDA Organic Cocoa Butter, USDA Organic Organic Cane Sugar, and Lemon Essential Oil. There are no synthetic dyes, unnatural preservatives, or plastics involved (yay!). And if you use Dawn dish soap, you may want to read this article first.
Glass Soap Dispensers. You’re probably beginning to notice a theme here, and it’s that plastic products are the bane of the environmental movement. So naturally, glass soap dispensers that can be refilled (with all-natural plant-based dish soap concentrates) are great alternatives. You can find glass soap dispensers here and here.
Naturally Anti-Bacterial Kitchen Cleaning Brushes. EcoCoconut’s selection of plastic-free cleaning products is versatile and affordable. Free of toxic chemicals, these products are also biodegradable and made with sustainably farmed coconut husks.
▴ EcoCoconut Scourers ($6.99 for a twin pack)
Waste-Eliminating Storage Containers
Reusable Food Wraps. Another product from Food52 features reusable food wraps made of organic cotton, beeswax, and jojoba oil. They can be washed in cool water and mild dish soap before being reused. Bonus- Bee’s Wrap, the producer of this product, partners with The Bee Cause Project: an organization that introduces observation hives to schools (cool, right?).
Glass Storage Containers. Glass can be recycled infinitely, which makes it a great material for food storage containers. You can even reduce food waste too, by freezing leftovers in these containers (or even planning out meal prep).
We want sustainable products to be the most common and dominant items on the market. We’re tackling this challenge by offering eco-friendly snacks, but we’ll also need to inspire more businesses to do the same. The current economic structure is linear, which means that there is a significant amount (102.3 billion tons!) of resources used each year—to create things that eventually end up in landfills. It’s shocking to visualize.
We all affect the environment around us, from what we fill our homes with to where we choose to spend our money; but the most important thing we can do is feel empowered enough to demand a systemic change that ensures the preservation of the environment (perhaps it’s time to disrespect our political surroundings, to protect our environmental surroundings). Just to be a little extra today, we’ll leave you with this brilliant quote about waste, from National Geographic: “Waste is a design flaw of modern life: In nature, it doesn't exist.”
Article by Impact Snacks Contributor, Ava Tajally