Easy Sustainable Kitchen Swaps

I hope you’re enjoying 2020 so far! We sure are! 

I wanted to share with you one of our family goals for the year: 

To make our kitchen more sustainable! 

Two of our main focuses are cutting back on paper towel consumption and eliminating plastic use where possible. 

Is it just our family or do you use an insane amount of paper towels too? I swear that we could keep Costco in business just by the amount we use! 

If you’re like us, some things that you may be using paper towels for are:

  • Napkins (keeping it classy)
  • Wiping the counter
  • Wiping kids (hourly occurrence, lol)
  • Absorbing grease from cooking pans 
  • As a resting place for dirty utensils during meal prep 
  • A resting place for freshly washed produce to dry on

It’s really pretty simple to reduce paper towel usage once you become intentional about it. 

Here are some tips we’ve implemented to cut back: 

  • Use cloth napkins during mealtime and to wipe kids (lol).
  • Use a lightweight kitchen towel to set produce on as it dries. 
  • Set dirty utensils on a plate during meal prep. 
  • Pour grease into an empty glass jar or large can. 

I ordered some reusable cloth “kid napkins” for the boys, reusable bamboo kitchen towels and gathered up all of my cloth napkins for Cody and I. I stocked all of these in an easily accessible cabinet in our kitchen! (I chose a cabinet that was within reach for my boys so they can pick out their cloth napkin for each meal.) This has made it more fun and easier to stick to!

As far as plastic, some common ways it’s used in the kitchen are:

  • Food storage containers
  • Plastic bags 
  • Plastic wrap for food 
  • Plates, bowls, cups and cutlery 

Here are some easy ways to make sustainable and safer swaps: 

  • Use glass storage containers.
  • Use reusable silicon bags. (Stasher is my top recommended brand.)
  • Use reusable Bee’s Wax in place of plastic wrap.
  • Opt for glass, ceramic, stainless steel, wood or silicone dinnerware.

For us, we’re been using glass storage containers and reusable bags for a while now but incorporating the Bee’s Wax will be new for us. I just picked some up on Amazon and I’m sure I will be sharing my experience with it on Instagram Stories. I will mainly use it for covering avocado halves and the ends of vegetables like cucumbers. 

Cody and I’s dinnerware is ceramic but a lot of Bode and Beck’s dinnerware is plastic so this will be an area of focus for us this year. I need to do my research on what brands and options are available. Quick note though, even if you serve food on plastic, NEVER heat food on it – harmful chemicals can leach into your food when it’s heated on plastic! 

I hope this peek into our home and these tips are helpful to you and inspires you to make a small swap too! Cheers to the New Year! 

Gina Schade

Gina Schade

Gina is a certified health coach and author of The 90/10 Life Cookbook, and director at Beatycounter. She helps her clients create a toxin-free complexion they feel 100% confident in!

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