If you’re like us, you’re constantly looking for ways to be more versed in the world of sustainability. That’s why we’re excited to share a few products to help you transform your most-used rooms at home into zero-waste.
Let’s start in the kitchen. Transforming your kitchen to be eco-friendly is more than just a few reusable straws.
Dozens of trusted brands and hundreds of products are available as direct alternatives to the plastic products filling your kitchen. Swap plastic sandwich bags for reusable beeswax wraps, switch your paper towels with a washable bamboo roll, and maybe even snag some reusable napkins instead of using disposable paper napkins.
Though these options cost a little more than you may be used to spending upfront, the long-term benefits you can get out of reusable products will return your investment tenfold. Reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t have to be expensive, though. Check out these sustainable brands that won’t break the bank.
Bestowed Essential Castile Solid Dish Soap
The zero-waste castile soap is the perfect alternative to the plastic bottle liquid soap that seems to go so fast. Bestowed Essential’s vegan formula works hard to get your dishes clean with its combination of French green clay, sea salt, and oils. Eco-bonus: By purchasing via EarthHero, your order helps to recycle beach trash with EarthHero’s partnership with the Ocean Blue Project.
Stasher Reusable Silicone Bag Starter Kit
Did you know plastic bags take nearly 1,000 years to decompose in landfills? Store your fruits, vegetables, and more in one of Stasher’s reusable silicone bags. Purchase the starter kit of your choice, and store the multi-purpose bags in the freezer or the refrigerator. The bags are even microwave and dishwasher safe.
Full Circle Home Be Good Dish Brush
A little dishwashing combo will make your post-cooking life so much easier. Pair the grime-getting soap above with a bamboo dish brush for an eco-friendly dishwashing experience. The bristles are made from recycled plastic and work well with the dish soap to get off even the toughest oils and food.
Marley’s Monsters Unpaper Towels
For small spills and big messes, paper towels are one of the most commonly used kitchen items. In the United States alone, we go through nearly 13 billion pounds of paper towels per year, which equates to nearly 51,000 trees. With these “unpaper” towels made of 100% organic cotton, you can limit your amount of paper towel waste.
Bee’s Wrap Variety Starter Pack
Nothing is worse than getting cling film stuck to itself before you can even use it to cover your leftovers. With beeswax wraps, you can forget about this hassle, and at the same time, decrease your contribution to the plastic crisis. Wrap anything from leftovers on a plate to that half an avocado you don’t want to turn brown. The wraps in this value pack from Bee’s Wrap can be washed in cold water and reused.
Biobag 13 Gallon Compostable Kitchen Bag – 12 pk
One of the most ironic wastes of plastic is garbage bags. It’s hard to figure out how to get rid of them because there is no simple alternative. However, Biobag’s 13-gallon trash bags are just as durable as your trusted black garbage bags but are completely compostable. Be sure to check with your local waste department to make sure that these bags, as well as with any type of compostable or plastic bag, can be processed in their facilities.
Blueland The Dish Duo
Check dish soap and dishwasher pods off your shopping list by subscribing to The Dish Duo from Blueland. The eco-friendly cleaning kit comes with a powder-based dish soap pouch and dishwasher tablets, plus reusable containers for each.
It can be hard to break old habits and make personal environmental changes. We’ve got more curated lists of eco-friendly products for your home to help make the journey a little easier on the way.
All it takes is one simple swap at a time, like disposing of your compostable food with your town’s composting service or local garden. These organizations will be happy to take your food waste as long as you follow their guidelines. Doing this helps you cut down on your frequency of buying trash bags and minimizes your landfill waste further.
Also, brands like EarthHero have already done the work for you in sourcing sustainable products, so all you have to do is shop.
Reducing your carbon footprint again is no easy feat. Let’s help each other out. Tag us on Instagram @yhmmagazine and share your eco-friendly tips for the home with us.