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10 Best Zero Waste and Sustainable Kitchen Products

Explore 10 eco-friendly kitchen essentials that combat the rising 3.4 billion tons of household waste expected by 2050, most of which originates in the kitchen.

By 2050, the amount of waste households create is expected to rise to 3.4 billion tons per year. The majority of waste will be produced in the kitchen. Durable and eco-friendly products that can help reduce kitchen waste. 

Here are 10 of our favorite sustainable kitchen essentials. 

1. Silicone Baking Mat 

Silicone baking mats are inexpensive and are suitable for any baking endeavor. Silicone mats are washable and reusable, unlike single-use alternatives.    

2. Silicone Food Savers

Silicone food savers from Hive Brands are the perfect covers for fresh produce or open cans and containers. They are a great alternative to plastic wrap or aluminum foil. 

Produce covered with silicone food savers.

3. Cleaning Supplies

Refillable cleaning packets and reusable bottles are an environmentally friendly investment that saves money in the long run. Refill bottles with cleaning concentrate that will last much longer and refills are far less expensive starting at just $2.  

We love Bon Ami and Blueland kitchen cleaners.

Blueland all purpose, glass, and bathroom cleaners.

4. Glass Food Containers 

Glass containers that are plastic free and microwave safe. Unlike plastic, they are infinitely recyclable and won’t leach dangerous chemicals into your food.  

5. Freezer Compost Bin

This compost bin from Full Circle Home made of silicone and recycled stainless steel is ideal for food scraps. It conveniently attaches to drawers, fits in the freezer, and is dishwasher safe. Use it to store your scraps in the freezer before composting or repurposing! 

6. Reusable Dish Cloths 

Did you know that if every household in the US consumed just one less roll of paper towels each year, it could save over half a million trees annually? Reusable dish cloths are a great sustainable and cost-effective alternative. They are made of cellulose and can be washed in the dishwasher or washing machine. 

Reusable dish clothes cleaning produce.

7. Bamboo Dish Brush

Sponges are full of microplastics that wash down the sink as they’re used. They also harbor germs and bacteria, and because of this, are meant to be disposed of weekly. Instead, use durable and sustainable bamboo dish brushes. They are fully compostable, and only have to be replaced every few months.   

8. Reusable Storage Wraps 

Reusable food storage wraps are washable, reusable, and cost-effective. Made from sustainable materials including cotton, beeswax, plant oils and tree resin, they’re fully compostable.  

Beeswax wraps cover an avocado.

9. Reusable Food Bags

The average US family uses around 500 Ziploc bags per year. Cutting out these single-use plastic bags is a sustainable and cost-effective adjustment. These vibrant reusable silicone bags from Stasher are perfect to store leftovers or pack snacks on the go. 

10. Reusable Produce Bags

Did you know that less than 10% of plastic bags are recycled? Shopping with reusable and washable mesh produce bags from Colony Co minimizes your carbon footprint at the grocery store.  

Mesh produce bags hold fruits and vegetables.

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