10 Kitchen Gadgets for When You Want to Cut Down on Plastic
Trying to cut down on your plastic use? Then check out these 10 kitchen gadgets to help you in your quest.
Beeswax wrap is the perfect eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap. Great for storing fruit and vegetables, covering bowls or acting as a sustainable sandwich wrap, they’re also infused with jojoba oil to help resist bacterial growth. Simply warm the wrap in your hands to soften and use as needed. Wash in cold water when it gets dirty. The wraps will last around a year and are fully biodegradable.
Bamboo Kitchen Dish Rags
We often reach for disposable wet wipes to mop up spillages. But this can be expensive and disposable wipes and cloths often contain plastic. These bamboo cleaning cloths are made from 92 percent bamboo fiber, with only minimal polyester content. They’re long-lasting and quick to dry so there’s no build up of bacteria and odors. They can be used wet (countertops) or dry (drying dishes).
Teak Cooking Utensils
Who doesn’t love the look of natural teak? And these teak cooking utensils not only look fabulous but will also protect your precious non-stick pans and bakeware as well. Made from 100% teak, and with no added chemicals, this 4-piece set of kitchen gadgets is best cleaned by hand using warm water and mild detergent and allowed to dry naturally to preserve their beauty.
Plasticware is inexpensive and convenient, but rather than add to the non-recyclable plastic pile, try this cornstarch cutlery instead! Cornstarch cutlery performs just like plastic. It’s heat resistant up to 212 degrees F, meets food safety standards and is FDA-approved. This set contains 50 each of knives, forks and spoons. And best of all, it’s fully biodegradable.
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Charcoal Air Freshener
We love cooking fish or curry, but we don’t love the lingering odors after our culinary exploits. These activated charcoal air fresheners absorb odors, bacteria and moisture, and they look so stylish you won’t want to hide them away. Each stylish pyramid bag deodorizes up to 100 square feet of living space and can also be used in your car or fridge. Leave them in the sun for two hours once a month to reactivate, and they’ll give you two years of service. After that, you can even use the charcoal as garden fertilizer.
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Bamboo Kitchen Board with Silicone Mat
The chopping board is one of the most-used kitchen gadgets, and this super-sized reversible bamboo board is up to the toughest cutting jobs. With grooves to handle juices and two knife holder slots to keep knives safe but accessible, this board also comes with a non-stick silicone mat that holds the board steady when in use.
Reusable Cloth Sandwich Bags
Many of us pack our lunch every day, using lots of single-use plastic sandwich bags in the process. An alternative? These reusable double-layered sandwich bags. Made from sustainable waterproof fabric and featuring lead-free zips designed to resist the build-up of crumbs that attract bacteria. These bags are great for storing wet foods like cut fruit and vegetables, if you’re looking to avoid plastic containers, but they also work well as sandwich bags, or for snack storage. Clean by wiping the interior or wash in cold water.
Silicone Stretch Bowl Lids
Do you store your leftovers or prepped food in bowls? Then you need plenty of bowl covers to keep the food fresh and avoid refrigerator odors. This set of 12 silicone bowl covers, in six different sizes, are freezer-, microwave- and oven-safe, and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. And at the end of their lives, they can be recycled.
Bamboo Nesting Bowls
Beautiful as well as functional, this lovely bamboo nesting bowl set looks great in any kitchen. In seven pastel shades, and in seven different sizes, these bowls nest perfectly for space-saving storage. The smallest is just right for storing a single egg, while the biggest is great for baking. Plus, these bowls are moisture resistant, can withstand heat and are dishwasher safe. Bamboo fiber is a good sustainable choice because bamboo regrows quickly.
Fabric Vegetable Bags
Vegetables keep best when stored in breathable bags, so this set of three organic cotton mesh bags is a smart solution. The drawstring top will keep the contents secure, and you can even use the bags as shopping bags to avoid taking plastic bags at the store and to save time and hassle unpacking when you get home.
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