Going Green One Room at a Time:
Being sustainable has never been more in and I am loving it. I have always been an environmentally conscious person, but now it is easier than ever to get your hands on products to make your life more green. There are new products being introduced to the market all the time and my favorite place to upgrade is the kitchen. This room produced the most waste (and guilt) in my household.
Are you ahead of the game and looking for the next step in making your life as eco-friendly as possible? Or are you just getting started and want to dive straight in? In this blog I am telling you my favorite sustainable kitchen products to make your home more environmentally friendly.
Please keep in mind that sustainable living is a transition. Don’t beat yourself up if you are in the middle of switching! Just take things one room at a time. Replace products with more sustainable options as you run out of what you are currently using.
Sustainable Kitchen Products:
- Silicone Baking Mat: I just recently got one and I love it! You use it in place parchment paper or aluminum foil. You just put the mat on your baking sheet and clean up is a breeze. I have these and use them when I make fries, bread, anything really. Nothing sticks to it and it wipes clean easily.
- Reusable tote bag: Take your own bags when you go grocery shopping. Most stores have them for sale pretty cheap if you don’t have any. You can also make one out of an old t-shirt. Bonus if you take a bag for your produce too- I usually just don’t use a bag for them at all!
- Reusable storage bags: If you notice yourself going through a lot of Ziplock bags these reusable travel baggies are a great alternative. I love using them for snacks and prepping smoothies in the freezer!
- Travel cups: When I am home I drink out of my extensive mug collection, but when I want a drink to-go I always bring my own cup. Most places are great about letting you use your own cups now. Places like Starbucks even have their own affordable options. I use their $3 reusable cold cup almost every time I go (gotta beat the FL heat) but they also have hot cups for $2. I also love my little Keep Cup for when I make tea at home. For water I usually use my Starbucks tumbler or a Blender Bottle without the shaker.
- Mason jars: They aren’t just aesthetically pleasing, they are super useful too! If you don’t want to buy new jars just reuse glass pasta sauce jars or look at your local thrift stores, I do both. I use mine to get bulk rice and dry beans from a local store. You can also use them for overnight oats, make salad dressing in them, or shake up an iced latte, the possibilities are endless.
- Metal Straws: I love my metal straws, not only do I feel fancy but I can drink happily knowing I am not wasting plastic. I keep them in my purse so I never have to use plastic to-go straws. Most come with a little cleaning brush too so the upkeep is minimal, and they are so inexpensive!
- Water filter: If you are like me and live in a place where the tap water isn’t drinkable, then a water filter is the best. Get one that attaches to your sink or a pitcher filter like the Brita one that I use. There is no reason to use water bottles when you are in your own home. It doesn’t just save the planet, it saves money in the long run too!
- Beeswax cover: Say goodbye to plastic wrap! These things are magical. You can use them to cover containers and to wrap fruit (save those banana and apple halves without them turning brown). They come in a bunch of different sizes and cute patterns too!
- Kitchen towels: I was guilty of using paper towels for everything, even drying my hands. I stocked up on hand towels and kitchen towels to use instead and I feel so much better now. When I need to dry my hands or wipe down the counters I just use one of my kitchen rags. Make sure you keep the hand ones and the cleaning ones separate!
- Eat less meat and dairy: I know no one likes to hear the speech but did you know that livestock farming is terrible for the environment? The greenhouse gas emissions along with water and land use is killing our planet. There are countless articles on it but here is one with some other good points on how animal consumption is harmful for the planet and your body. If switching to the herbivore lifestyle is daunting maybe try switching to a non-dairy milk or having meatless Mondays. Everything counts! Check out my Pinterest board for meatless recipe ideas to try.
Remember the 3 R’s!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! We learned it in grade school but I think people get so caught up in their daily routines that they need a reminder. Those cans and bottles can go in the blue bin instead of the green one! No one is perfect and unfortunately most groceries still come wrapped in plastic. If you don’t have sustainable options when you shop just remember to recycle whatever you can and find ways to reuse things like 2 liters and glass bottles.
What are ways you are trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle? Are there any sustainable kitchen products you love that I don’t have listed?