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7 Eco-Friendly Products for a Plastic-Free and Zero Waste Kitchen

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Living a plastic-free lifestyle can be a daunting task, but it's worth it!  I've been on this journey for a while now, and while I am far from perfect I have found it's possible to be eco-friendly without breaking the bank.

These 7 eco-friendly plastic-free products are all you need to start your journey to a plastic-free kitchen on a budget.

7 Eco-Friendly Products for a Plastic-Free and Zero Waste Kitchen

1. Glass Storage Containers (Stainless Steel Too)

Microwavable glass storage containers have been a game-changer for me because I batch cook to avoid waste and save time and money. I have glass storage containers on the go for my meal prep routine. I also take them to restaurants for take out or for leftovers.

Be sure to get microwave and dishwasher safe ones, which makes them super convenient to use.

Tip: You can reuse glass jars from pickles for example as storage jars to save money. However, it's important to note that not all glass jars are microwave safe.

Before microwaving any glass jar, it's crucial to check whether it's labeled as microwave safe or not. If it's not, it's better to transfer the food to a microwave-safe container before heating it up. This is because non-microwave safe glass can shatter and cause injury or damage to the microwave.

I do also sometimes use stainless steel containers to take food on the go with me as glass is great, but unfortunately sometimes breaks.

2. Reusable Produce Bags

I love these because they're lightweight, durable, and easy to clean. They're perfect for carrying fruits and veggies from the store without using single-use plastic bags.

Gaia Guy did stock these but by now I think there are enough out there in the world. You can also make your own or use any cotton bag really for this that you may already have lying around.

Tip: Get more use out of your nut milk bags and use them as produce bags too!

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3. Silicone Food Covers and Beeswax Wraps

Silicone food savers are another great alternative to plastic wrap. They're stretchy, reusable, and can be used to cover bowls, plates, and even cut fruit.

I also love beeswax wraps, which are made from cotton fabric coated with beeswax and sometimes jojoba oil, and tree resin. They're perfect for wrapping sandwiches and covering bowls.

TipIf you're only storing food in the fridge for a day or two, using any wrap may not be necessary. Instead, you can simply cover the food with a plate or use a reusable container. This will keep it fresh and stop it from drying out or taking on any unwanted smells from other foods in the fridge.

However, if you want to be sure that your food stays as fresh as possible, using a silicone food cover or beeswax wrap or an airtight container might be a better idea. It's also worth noting that some foods, like raw meat or fish, need to be stored in a more secure way to avoid contamination or the transfer of odors.

4. Plastic-Free Brushes & Plant-Based Sponges

Plastic-free dish brushes and sponges are eco-friendly alternatives to traditional cleaning tools made from plastic. These products are usually made from natural materials like wood, bamboo, and plant fibers, making them biodegradable and compostable.

By using plastic-free dish brushes and sponges, you can reduce your plastic waste and help protect the environment. Plus, these products are often just as effective as their plastic counterparts, so you don't have to sacrifice cleanliness for sustainability.

5. Compost Bin

A compost bin is a great way to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich soil for your garden. I use mine to collect food scraps, coffee grounds, and eggshells, and then I transfer them to my outdoor compost bin.

Tip: You don’t need to buy a purpose made compost bin as any container will do. Store food waste in the fridge or freezer to keep from attracting any bugs. Take it out and let it thaw before adding to a larger compost bin or donating to a composting service. 

6. Water Filters

Using a water filter is another great way to reduce plastic waste by not buying bottled water. This is tricky as many also use plastic parts for their water filters.

There are some under the sink systems that use stainless steel but often the filters themselves are plastic. If you have any good ideas / options please leave a suggestion in the comments as this is something of a struggle.

One option is just a piece of water purifying charcoal which looks quite cool and seems to work well.

7. Plastic-Free Coffee

Plastic-free coffee and tea can be a challenge with packaging for sure. However, avoiding plastic coffee pods, filters, and single-use cups is easy. Plastic-free coffee can be made using reusable filters, a stainless steel French press, or a pour-over method.

Furthermore, choosing a reusable coffee cup made of glass, stainless steel, or ceramic is a great way to reduce plastic waste when getting coffee on the go.

Plastic-free coffee products, such as reusable filters and cups, can significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills and oceans. Making small changes to your coffee routine can have a big impact on the environment.

With these 7 plastic-free product ideas, you can start making small changes in your kitchen that will have a big impact on the environment. And who knows, maybe you'll inspire others to do the same!

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