• Anu Chaudhari

How do you make an eco friendly kitchen? Sustainable kitchen ideas

Updated: Jul 6, 2021


Are you looking for ways to create an eco-friendly kitchen for some sustainable product swaps for a waste-free kitchen? I've got your back!


When it comes to making sustainable and eco friendly decisions, it can get a bit overwhelming. If you are looking for ways to be eco friendly at home, the kitchen is a good place to start.



What is an eco-friendly kitchen?


An eco-friendly kitchen starts with eating green, but that's not the end. In reality, we unconsciously use unsustainable products - from toxic detergents to plastic bottles that also create household waste.


Fortunately, there are sustainable alternatives to all these products, which are good for your pocket and the environment.


I think that the term "zero waste" can be intimidating and can put some people off. Stressing about not wasting ANYTHING is almost impossible. You don't have to make some major lifestyle makeovers - small, thoughtful and sustainable choices can make a big difference. Work on reducing waste as much as you can without forcing yourself to change everything all at once!


If you look around your kitchen, you may find excess packaging from kitchen products or groceries, fresh herbs that turned brown over time and food scraps. Experiment with kitchen products and routines to reduce the amount of waste from your kitchen.


With that in mind, I have shared some eco-friendly kitchen products that are perfect substitutes for conventional items. If you know of any other way to reduce kitchen waste and sustainable swaps, please share them in the comments section below!



Why worry about kitchen waste?


Nearly one-third of food produced for human consumption goes to waste. But wait, isn't food waste biodegradable? Yes, it is. But when discarded food is thrown away and ends up in landfills, it does not receive enough oxygen to break down and decompose. Instead, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is majorly responsible for ozone depletion and global warming.


Packaging holds a significant portion of kitchen waste. 30% of the kitchen waste that ends in landfill is packaging waste. If you look closely, you will be shocked to know that most of the items in your cart have single-use plastic - from fruits to bread.


Let's explore eco-friendly kitchen items/ products that can help you create an almost zero waste kitchen. The list of products is divided into 5 categories:


  1. Eco-friendly Kitchen Products for Cleaning

  2. Eco-friendly Kitchen Products for Storing Food

  3. Eco-friendly Kitchen Products for Cooking

  4. Eco-friendly Kitchen Products for Shopping

  5. Eco-friendly Kitchen Products - Other



Eco-Friendly Kitchen Products - Cleaning


Dish Brush


Why go for it: Conventional dishwashing sponges contain synthetic fibers. Plastic sponges release microfibers into the sea because the water filtration system isn't effective at removing them. These fibers are not biodegradable and can pollute the water or sit in landfills for a long time. Instead, eco friendly dish brushes are a more sustainable option. These brushes are compostable and do not produce waste. They also have replaceable brush heads that are perfect in size and texture. The ergonomic wooden handle allows for a stronger grip to clean the corners perfectly.


Here are some of our top recommendations:


  1. Wooden dish brush with 2 replaceable brush heads

  2. Stainless steel dish brush


Loofah Sponges


Why go for it: The loofah sponge is a plant-based and 100% biodegradable sponge that can last for up to 2 months! They are not processed and are chemical-free.



Pros:

  1. 100% biodegradable and compostable, either in a commercial facility or backyard within a month.

  2. Best substitute to conventional plastic sponges


Cons:

  1. It can be a bit rough at first


Tip: You can soak the loofah sponge in warm water to make it softer before cleaning the dishes.


Here are some of our top recommendations:

  1. Multi-purpose loofah sponge

  2. Envy loofah scrub

  3. Elplanita loofah scrub


Multi-use cleaning cloth


Why go for it: Paper towels can be wasteful. Even though they are cheap, single-use paper towels can be costly if used regularly. Moreover, millions of trees are destroyed to produce these single-use items.


A reusable cleaning cloth is the best alternative to clean different surfaces and countertops because it is designed to wipe up all the dirt and dry surfaces.


How to discard: These reusable cleaning cloths are extremely durable and can last for several months. You can discard it in the recycling unit.


Pros:

  1. Reusable and long-lasting

  2. Safe to use and chemical-free

Cons:

  1. You will have to wash the cloth after every use


Here are some of our top recommendations:

  1. Bamboo kitchen dishcloth

  2. Cellulose sponge cloth


Dishwashing soap bar


Why go for it: conventional liquid dishwashing soap comes in plastic and contains chemicals that can be harsh on your skin. Detergents are manufactured from synthetic chemical compounds that can break down into additional toxic byproducts in the water stream and oceans.


A sustainable dishwashing soap bar is made from toxic-free ingredients, is plastic-free and durable. The dishwashing bar soap is made from vegetable and essential oils. Plus, it is gentle on the skin.


How to discard: These dishwashing soap bars do not produce any waste.


Pros:

  1. Lathers like conventional soap

  2. Gentle on hands

  3. Chemical-free and plastic-free

  4. Durable


Top recommendations:

  1. Zero waste dishwashing soap

  2. Meliora cleaning product


Dishwashing detergent pods


Why go for it: Plastic-free dishwashing pods are 100% biodegradable (even the pod shell). These pods are made from eco-friendly and toxic-free ingredients that are effective at removing grease, stains, and dirt. These pods are made from a water-soluble film with natural ingredients and harmless chemicals.


How to discard: The detergent pods are made from a water-soluble film, which gets dissolved in water.


Pros:

  1. No artificial colors or synthesized fragrance

  2. Biodegradable, phosphate-free formula

  3. Non-toxic and fish-friendly


Cons:

  1. They are more expensive than conventional detergents.


Buy here:


  1. Dishwashing soap tablets

  2. Detergent pods


Reusable dishwashing cleaning gloves


Why go for it: The gloves are ethically made from non-polluting PVC and organic cotton. The fabric is weaved together with flocking durable technology and better overall performance.


How to discard: These gloves are compostable (Cut them into small pieces before throwing them in the compost)


Pros:

  1. Durable and long-lasting

  2. Non-slip design

  3. Excellent protection from hot water

  4. Multifunctional


Buy here:

  1. Reusable dishwashing gloves

  2. Single-use kitchen gloves



Eco-friendly Kitchen Products for Storing Food

Silicone vegetable bags


Why go for it: They are the perfect reusable and durable alternative to plastic zip locks and other single-use items. These vegetable bags are made from BPA-free, non-toxic and harmless chemicals. This material is harmless to the environment and humans.


How to discard: The material can be recycled and is eco friendly - no BPA, BPF and PVC.


Pros:

  1. Eco friendly and safe

  2. Easy to use

  3. Durable

Cons:

  1. The initial cost is higher


Buy here:

  1. Silicone vegetable bags

  2. Flip and Tumble vegetable bags


Stainless steel containers


Why go for it: Stainless steel containers can be used endlessly, even though they are 100% recyclable.


These are the most suitable alternatives to plastic containers. They are best used to store leftovers, meal plans and freeze things too! They can help reduce a lot of single-use waste.

These products are 100% recyclable and non-toxic.


How to discard it: You can discard it in a metal recycling unit.


Pros:

  1. They are available in many shapes and sizes

  2. Durable

  3. Multipurpose

Cons:

  1. Low-quality stainless steel may contain pollutants.


It is recommended to choose products with exceptional standards of stainless steel


Buy here:

  1. Home and Harvest

  2. Tavva


Beeswax wraps


Why go for it: Aluminium wraps are wasteful because they are single-use. Instead, beeswax wraps help to keep food fresh, while being reusable and eco friendly.


To improve the life of wax wraps, wash them with cold water and soap and pat them dry with a cloth towel. Beeswax wraps are made from organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin. Even the fabric and paint on the wrap is certified by Global Organic Textile Standards.


How to discard: Washable, reusable and compostable.


Pros:

  1. Reusable food wraps

  2. Available in a variety of sizes

  3. 100% Biodegradable

Cons:

  1. Heat can destroy it - keep the beeswax wrap away from the microwave and hot food.


Buy here:

  1. Bee's Wrap

  2. Cultical Reusable beeswax wrap kit



Eco-friendly Kitchen Products for Cooking


Silicone baking sheets


Why go for it: Silicone baking sheets are reusable, unlike single-use parchment paper sheets. These are made from safe food-grade silicone and can be reused. They are also easy to clean.


Material: Non-toxic food-grade silicone.