In honor of Earth Day on Saturday I wanted to talk about five things I purchased to make my kitchen more “green”. The Minimalist RD and her sustainable kitchen series inspired me to make some simple changes to prevent a lot of unnecessary waste! Some of these suggestions were from Erin and others are items are my own that I wanted to add to the list.
5 Ways I Made My Kitchen More Green
I hate buying the little zip top baggies but they are so convenient! I’ve been meaning to purchase the reusable ones for a while now and found these on Amazon.
There are all sorts of cloth patterned ones out there, but ultimately I went with this option to prevent dry snacks from going stale. These are also freezer safe and seem much easier to wash. I’ll probably still keep the disposable ones on hand for convenience but can already tell I’ll be way less reliant on them.
I love the look of these and they make bulk storage more fun. I plan to use them for grains, nuts/seeds or any other dry goods. They’re functional but also stylish enough to keep on the counter! You could definitely use standard mason jars, but I like to use my jars for making sauces and packing lunches. I wanted something with a wide mouth that would be easier to scoop, so these are perfect.
It’s always nice to have a napkin with meals just in case you need one. I found that I was taking a paper towel with dinner each night, barely using it, and then somehow throwing it away by the time the kitchen was cleaned up. So unnecessary!
I like the idea of cloth napkins because:
- They are a whole lot more visually appealing to look at
- You can use them over and over before having to wash them (unless you have a really messy meal of course)
- Significantly cut down on paper towel use.
Similar to what I mentioned about the baggies, I will still keep paper towel on hand for when it makes more sense but these will help to cut back. I chose this particular option because I love the simple look! The reviews indicated they are actually absorbent unlike some other cloth napkins on the market.
These also help replace paper towels but from a cleaning standpoint. Jacob’s aunt recently gave me a few of these to try because she loves them so much. I’ve been using them for just a couple of weeks and am already hooked! You can clean glass and mirrors really easily and don’t even need any cleaner (just soak in water and ring out well before using). I also love the way they clean counter tops and they don’t get all crunchy when they air dry. Love them!
Reusable Shopping Bags
These are definitely not a new trend by any means, but I wanted to include them on this list any way. This is a super simple yet effective change to make!
I remember about ten years ago when I first started seeing these pop up on blogs. You had to order them online then. Now I get them for free constantly at conferences and special events. I use them for groceries (at least when I remember them) and it cuts way down on plastic bags. In addition to just that, I use them for road trips or for packing up dinner supplies if we are going to a friend’s house. I also use the small ones for lunch bags so they are just great all around.
Progress, Not Perfection
With any conversation about the topic of greener living, I think it’s important to remember that no one is perfect when it comes to this stuff! We can all do something to be a little bit less wasteful. Small changes certainly add up in the long term. Hopefully this provided some inspiration for simple swaps that really can make a difference!
Is there anything you have done to make your kitchen more green?
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