Maintaining an eco-friendly kitchen can seem daunting. A lot of disposable plastic that comes from kitchens ends up in landfills. Finding the options that are both effective and affordable can be confusing, so we’ve put together this list of eight green alternatives to wasteful kitchen items. This holiday season, treat yourself and the environment: save food, time, and cash with a few — or all! — of the gift ideas below.
1. Multi-Feature Dish Drying Rack
It’s no secret that running the dishwasher is a quick and effective way of keeping all your daily kitchen necessities sparkling clean. However, each load of dishes on average requires around six gallons of water. And with holidays comes an increase in gatherings of friends and family — and running the dishwasher each time can add up quickly! To save yourself (and the environment) water and space, invest in an eco-friendly dish rack. This two-tier, multi-function dish drainer is sleek in appearance and features a modern S-shape and polishing gloss.
2. Salt & Pepper Grinder
Salt and pepper shakers are necessities for each household — no matter how much time you spend in the kitchen. However, going through individual-use shakers can get wasteful as well as pricy. To avoid constant replacements and those chunks of salt that you just can’t seem to make smaller, consider an automatic, stainless steel salt and pepper grinder as an eco-friendly alternative that grinds your spices at the press of a button.
3. Insulated Stackable Lunch Tins
Pack up a family feast for a camping trip or find a new life for last night’s leftovers with these fun, stackable lunch tins. It’s like your Tupperware just got an upgrade: Keep food fresher longer and avoid using plastic — it’s a win-win. And, no more worrying about losing the tops or bottoms to plastic containers: these feature a compact design and attachable functionality.
4. Refrigerator Pads
Food constantly going bad before you get a chance to cook it? Jars of sauce rolling around and spilling all over the fridge? Have no fear: these freshly colored, antibacterial refrigerator pads are designed to absorb mildew and moisture to keep your fridge and food fresher, for longer.
5. Meat Thermometer
If you keep an eco-friendly kitchen, there’s a high chance that you cook a good amount: going out for dinner or ordering takeout for the whole family is hardly a sustainable option in the long term. To make sure that all of your home-cooked meals are as safe to eat as they are delicious, use a cooking thermometer equipped with a crystal clear LCD display that gives you peace of mind about raw or undercooked meat.
6. Oil-Proof Wallpaper
Many might not realize this, but one of the most wasteful things about cooking is keeping a kitchen clean! Between all the surface wipedowns, paper towels, and anti-grease formulas, cleaning kitchens is quite the process. Save some time and cleaning products by introducing oil-proof aluminum wallpaper to your kitchen to protect all your favorite surfaces from grease and grime.
7. Reusable Mesh Produce Bags
Keep the convenience of zip-lock plastic bags without the damage of single-use plastics. This eco-ware set of 15 reusable mesh produce bags is BPA-free, safe to use, and features brightly colored drawstring tags for convenient organization. Choose from three sizes to accommodate the perfect fit every time you organize your fridge or make a trip down the produce aisle at the grocery store or farmer’s market.
8. Eco-Friendly Sponges & Dish Brush Set
This set of five eco-friendly sponges and a dish brush is completely plastic-free. It uses 100 percent natural materials, is chemical-free and biodegradable. After you’ve given a sponge its best life, you can easily toss it into the compost along with the rest of your food scraps.
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