The past couple of years, there has been a lot of focus about our use of plastics. There are countless messages about how plastic is taking over the oceans, 17 billion pounds a year to be exact.
It’s great that we are finally talking about this. That it is being brought to light, because I’ll admit, it was not something I was aware of up until it started “trending” (for lack of a better word). The good news is though, now that we are aware of it, we can make changes in our lives to help combat the problem.
You’ll be hard pressed these days to find a sit-down restaurant/bar that offers up a straw without you having to ask. Even Starbucks jumped on with their “sippy cup” lids. So while we are seeing these changes out in our everyday lives, why not implement them at home as well?
Maybe it’s just me, but I find making all these swaps for safe, eco-friendly, non-toxic products can be a little overwhelming. There is just so much information and so many different options out there that it can be hard to make a decision on what exactly is the right move. However, I recently just decided to go for it and do what I can, for now. It’s nothing drastic, but it’s still something.
These changes/swaps, don’t have to be an all or nothing thing. It doesn’t have to be all done at the same time. As long as you are making the swap, no matter how slowly or how small it might seem, it’s still making a difference in the grand scheme of things.
6 Eco-Friendly Reusable Kitchen Products
1. Beeswax Reusable Food Wrap
This was one of the easier swaps for me to make. I’ve always found plastic wrap to be a total pain, to I was more than happy to rid our kitchen of it!
These beeswax-cotton sheets can be used to wrap up food such as produce and sandwiches or used to cover bowls and containers. They are super easy to use, washable, and can be used for up to a year.
2. Reusable Sandwich Bags
Swapping out sandwich bags was much harder than I thought it was going to be. I was completely unaware of how many I used. From storing cut produce to an open back of chips, I’d use a sandwich bag.
What I made the switch, I purchased these ones. I am very happy with my purchase and they have been great to use, however they are a little bulky. I’ve heard great things about these Stasher ones, so those will be my next purchase.
3. Glass Food Storage
Along with all the plastic ending up in our oceans, plastic is bad for our health as well. The chemicals in plastic can wreak havoc on our hormones, and if there is one thing I don’t need, it’s one more thing messing with my hormones.
Glass food storage containers are a super easy swap that will replace any and all tupperware. Use them to store bulk items or leftovers…basically anything you’d store in your tupperware.
4. Metal Straws
As I mentioned above, straws seem to be the main topic of this plastic in our oceans conversation. It’s the first thing restaurants are ridding of and it can easily be done at home as well.
Metal straws are definitely the best option when it come to replacing the plastic ones. There are endless options and they are very inexpensive. If you don’t like metal, but still want to switch out the plastic, you can try paper straws.
5. Mesh Shopping Bags
Another super easy swap….as long as you remember to bring them to the grocery store each time! There are tons of options out there for reusable shopping bags, but these mesh shopping bags are great for produce! I always think back to how many bags I used to use when picking up produce. Now, more often than not, I don’t even use bags for produce and that makes me feel a little bit better 🙂
6. Baking Mats
Another one-use item we all probably have in our kitchens is parchment paper. But did you know that parchment paper is treated with acid, then coated with a non-stick material, making it non-recyclable.