The Kitchen has always been the center of my home. It’s where my family comes together for cooking fun and family dinners. There are a ton of options when it comes to decorating and supplying your kitchen. So why not choose a few options that have a limited impact on the Earth? Here are few, of many, options I have used or found.
Compostable Dish Washing Brush
A compostable dish washing brush is a great replacement for the plastic options available. This compostable brush’s bristles are made from plant fiber! It’s also package free and cost about $13.
Bamboo Kitchen Utensils
Bamboo is a very sustainable wood. Find out more here. Buy buying bamboo utensils you’ll save the earth from plastic waste and they are usually relatively cheap. Check out this set on Amazon that only about $9 for 7 piece set and holder!
Wooden or Stone Cutting Board
Wooden and stone cutting boards are great alternatives to the standard plastic boards. The stone ones tend to be a little more expensive and heavier but they last a lot longer. Some argue that stone is less sustainable than wood because we cannot ‘grow’ stone. Once it’s gone…it’s gone. So many choose the wooden option. Both the wooden option and stone option are easily available at most retailers. If you are choosing wooden remember that bamboo is a more sustainable resource than most other woods. Also, take into account if the product is sourced sustainably. You can find great fair trade options here.
You can use mason jars for so many different things in your kitchen. You can use them to store your food, to can food, as glasses, and to hold left overs. Mason Jars are made of glass and therefore save the earth from plastic waste by buying glass instead of plastic. Mason Jars are relatively inexpensive and can be bought at most retailers in bulk.
Biodegradable Dish Soap
Biodegradable dish soap is great because it doesn’t expose grey water to harsh chemicals or expose our eating utensil to harsh chemicals. There are a ton of options. I have used the Honest Company’s kitchen soap and love it. However, I have yet to find a company that sells this soap in a glass container. So I started making my own. I use soap nuts, tea-tree oil, and whatever citrus oil I have on hand. I put the soap nuts in about 1/2 a cup of hot water in a mason jar and let them set for about 5 to 10 minutes. I then put about 5 drops of tea tree oil in the jar along with about 5 drops of citrus oil. I shake the jar and have dish soap for the week. I then add this soap to sink of warm water and let my dishes soak. It doesn’t sud the same way as traditional soap but I like it! *Make sure to use USDA certified organic therapeutic grade essential oils.
Clay/Porcelain Steel or Bamboo Dishes
Clay, steel and bamboo dishes are a great plastic alternative. I have used all three types and prefer the clay. I find the bamboo and other wooden dishes tend to wear down really easily. You can oil these to help them last longer but I still prefer clay. I do like steel for camping because it’s light weight, rust resistant, and very durable. But the clay and porcelain are easy to clean and I like the decorative style. I purchased mine through the World Market but you can find them on Serrv, a fair trade store, and also on Etsy. If you buy them from an artist on Etsy made sure they are fired and glazed correctly for food consumption. If not glazed or fired for food they can be toxic to serve food on. You can find wooden dishes on Amazon.
Metal Mixing Bowls
I absolutely love my metal mixing bowls! I actually bought them at Ross for like $10 for 3 different sizes. They are a great alternative to plastic however you can’t exactly stick these in the microwave…because they’re metal. But if I need to soften dough or other mixtures I just set it out or put the metal dish in shallow hot water. The metal heats well. You can find these at most major retailers.
Well, I hope this article gave you a few ideas and maybe sparked some new ideas for an eco friendly kitchen.
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