Are you ready to embrace your inner Captain Planet and clean up our kitchen situation? This post addresses three practical things you can try - and only three, because it is impossible to clean up every aspect of our lives at once, little steps, when adhered to, make a more significant impact over time. Our tagline is Less Evil for a reason - trying to be completely evil-free is a recipe for disaster (tangential, but applicable: check the success rate of abstinence programs if you want evidence).
Without further ado, here are three easy ways to make your kitchen more earth-friendly.
1. Upgrade to Glass Containers
One switch worth making is upgrading plastic food storage containers to glass ones. In the short term, you won't have to worry about harmful chemicals leaching into food - and longterm, those glass containers, if properly cared for, can last indefinitely. It is an investment to make the upgrade, I purchased a 20 piece set (that is 10 containers and 10 lids) for about $50 and have consistently used them for the past five years.
One note: Although it may be tempting, we think that using second-hand or vintage glassware should be avoided. A lot of older glass and tableware was manufactured with lead that can easily get into foods. Although I would almost always suggest reusing or searching for nifty vintage finds, when it comes to glass and tableware it's much safer to go with new pieces.
2. Opt for Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
There are so many eco-friendly cleaning products to choose from - even at your grocery store. Look for products that carry eco-certifications or are made from natural ingredients like citrus, vinegar, or baking soda.
We suggest trying to find products that are healthier for you to use in your home and are also manufactured in a sustainable way. Our current cleaning obsession is Hyve, they create probiotic cleaning products that we love (the natural lavender smell is to die for - it truly makes cleaning more lovely).
3. Phase out Single-Use Items
Items like paper towels and disposable napkins contribute to waste and deforestation. Instead, opt for reusable alternatives like our Daily Napkins and Reusable Good Towels.
Our organic cotton napkins add a touch of fun to your dining table and can be washed and reused countless times, saving money and resources in the long run. Likewise, Good Towels made from organic cotton flannel, will easily outlast any roll of paper towels and work harder too.
Transforming your kitchen into an earth-friendly space doesn't have to be daunting. By incorporating simple and practical tips you can significantly reduce your environmental impact.