Four Simple Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Sustainable

Morgane Soret @ 2022-02-23 15:10:00 +0000

Walk into your kitchen, and take a look around: you’ll be shocked to find how much plastic has managed to sneak its way in.

Here’s a list of five things you can swap right now to create a more sustainable, safer kitchen space:


#1 Kitchen Sponges

Sponges are one major culprit of plastic waste in our kitchen. Many sponges, especially dual-sided ones with scrubbers, contain plastic.

Around 400 million sponges are tossed away yearly. And this is in the US only. The majority of those sponges are plastic – which takes ages to break down and when it eventually does it is in micro plastics pieces polluting our soil, water & ultimately bodies.

Don’t worry, we found a solution for you. Yeah! 100% plant-based sponges. Yep, you read that right. 

Sqwishful’s sponge bundle pack offers a $28 pack of 8 plastic-free, long-lasting sponges that don’t break down into gross microplastics in our oceans and waterways.

#2 Liquid Dish Soap

Have you ever stopped to wonder why dish soap can’t come in soap bars like hand soap? Many dish soaps on the market are effective at removing grime and dirt, but often include harsh ingredients that can be toxic to aquatic life and come in single-use plastic bottles. Liquid dish soap can also be a pain to work with. Have you ever accidentally squeezed too much out and wished you could just put it back in?

Look no further than the No Tox Life Dish Washing Block ($14). Just wet your sponge, swipe on the block a couple times, and get to scrubbing. This powerful vegan, fragrance-free dish soap bar will last you a long time, and bring you a step closer to a more sustainable, eco-friendly home.

#3 Sandwich Bags

Sandwich bags are so convenient, but they’re arguably one of the biggest sources of single-use plastic in our kitchen. They also tear and rip easily, and have to be sealed well - otherwise, you’ve got a mess on your hands.

Reusable silicone bags may come at a bigger price, but offer a better payback over time - both personally and environmentally. Check out these stand-up sandwich bags from Stasher, which are way more durable and easy to clean than disposable sandwich bags.

#4 Food Containers

 

Plastic containers may be cheap and convenient - but they wear out quickly, stain easily, and retain smells even after washing. Even worse, they can leach phthalates into your food when heated. Ditch the plastic container for plastic-free, durable glass tupperware with bamboo lids from IKEA. 

 

Bottom Line

These sustainable, eco-friendly swaps aren’t just better for the environment - they’re ultimately better for your wallet. Now, doesn’t that sound NOICE ;)

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