8 Eco-Friendly Essentials for Every Kitchen

Going green at home has never been easier. Incorporate these eco-friendly kitchen essentials to reduce your environmental impact.

By Parinatha Sampath

 

If you want to “go green” and help the environment, it’s important to think beyond waste segregation and organic food consumption. While we can opt for eco-friendly alternatives in almost everything we do, here are eight kitchen essentials for reducing kitchen waste.

 

1. Stove Liners

Cooking can be fun, but scrubbing the stains and spillovers off of the stove afterwards is an annoyance. If you want to skip the scrubbing, just get some stove liners/gas drip pans! All you need to do is place them around the burners of your stove, and remove and wash once a week. Although disposable options are available, we suggest you take an eco-friendly approach and opt for the stainless-steel drip pans.

 

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2. Food Huggers®

Instead of storing leftovers and partially cut vegetables in air-tight plastic boxes, use Food Huggers®. Since they’re made of silicone, Food Huggers® are reusable and environmentally-friendly, unlike cling foil and plastic wrap. In addition, they can be used for multiple purposes and containers. Once you’re done using them, just pop them into the dishwasher for a quick rinse along with all the other utensils.

 

 

3. Bamboo Cutting Boards

A cutting board is a must-have kitchen tool, but opt for the eco-friendly version. If the colorful and vibrant eco-friendly cutting boards don’t appeal to you, try the teakwood or bamboo boards. They might not last as long as plastic boards, but the wooden boards have natural anti-septic properties and can heal from shallow cuts. That said, they must be aired out while drying and should be replaced every six months or so.

 

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4. Silicone Spoon Rest

A silicone spoon rest is an essential because it makes cooking a cleaner task. It’s a stand for ladle or spoons you use to stir pots. Silicone spoon rests are ideal in comparison to steel, plastic, or ceramic ones because silicone spoon rests can accommodate spoons of any shape and size, and it’s easy to clean. A simple rinse will remove the toughest of stains in a jiffy. What’s more, it’s durable and environmentally-friendly.

 

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5. Reusable Kitchen Wipes

Replace paper towel rolls with eco-friendly kitchen wipes. Made of cotton and cellulose, each kitchen wipe replaces up to 15 rolls of paper towels. These reusable kitchen wipes are highly absorbent and long-lasting. There are a variety of reusable kitchen wipes you can choose from based on your requirements.

 

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6. Wooden Egg Holder

A wooden egg holder not only adds a vintage touch to your kitchen, but it also makes it eco-friendly! So, toss out the plastic egg case and bring in a beautiful oak wooden egg holder for your kitchen. If you’re one for visual appeal, a wooden egg holder is definitely meant for you. If you want to take it a notch higher, buy a handcrafted egg holder!

 

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7. Clip on Strainer

Everyone needs a strainer at some point or another, but to buy an exclusive strainer is a waste of space. Instead, just get the clip-on strainer that can be used on any pot of your choice. All you need to do is clip it on the sides of your pot and strain away! Since it’s made of silicone, it’s reusable and durable.

 

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8. Mason Jars

Say no to plastic boxes and say yes to mason jars! Replace all the plastic containers at home with glass jars and glass containers for spices or other ingredients. In fact, specifically look for glass bottles even when you’re buying oils and spices. After all, glass jars can be used in multiple ways for innumerable purposes. Not only can you store your pulses and flours in mason jars, you can also serve juices and drinks in them! In addition, they’re affordable, long-lasting, and of course, eco-friendly.

 

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