This post highlights some of the best eco kitchen products that are available to buy today.
The kitchen can be one of the worst places in the house for generating plastic and general waste. We take aim at a few of these areas with some exciting alternatives.
We previously highlighted some low cost and free ways to reduce your kitchen footprint, so check it out if you are on a lower budget.
1. Tru Earth Eco-Strips Laundry Detergent – Eco-Friendly Ultra Concentrated Laundry Strips (Fresh Linen)
I want to start with mentioning that these aren’t cheap, coming in at 41p per wash (31p is you subscribe and save).
But hear me out.
Over 700,000,000 plastic jugs are used every year in the laundry detergent industry. A large proportion of those will end up in a landfill.
Not to mention the CO2 released from transporting such heavy and bulky items.
Enter eco-strips which are lightweight and come in a biodegradable envelope.
They are paraben, chlorine bleach and phosphate-free and remove the need to measure anything out.
You rip off a strip and pop it into your machine.
2. Visit refill stations for cleaning products
The next item on the list is more of a general switch than a specific product.
From washing up liquid to cleaning products, when we buy from the supermarket, they always come in a plastic bottle or container.
Yes, these can be put into the recycle bin, but how much of it actually gets recycled? Why not eliminate it at the source?
There are now quite a few brands out there that have developed a franchised stockist model. They either sell you a glass bottle like Fill Refill Co which you then return to have refilled.
Or in the case of ‘miniml’, they supply the product in a plastic drum which is collected, washed and reused in a closed-loop cycle.
Ecover have produced a bottle from recycled plastic which in turn is reusable or recyclable.
They all tend to remove any of the nasties that are typically associated with cleaning products that can end up in the water system.
Check out the stockist finders for each below:
3. Compostable bin bags
In a perfect world, we would have no use for the good old black bin bag. Unfortunately, it is still difficult to avoid rubbish altogether, and we all end up sending something to landfill each week.
The black plastic bag that you send that rubbish in though will be there long after the rubbish inside has decomposed.
So how about we have that bit less plastic in the world and switch to biodegradable bin bags?
These Greener walker bags come in 30L size and a pack of 30 inside a recyclable cardboard box.
4. Use reusable produce bags
The supermarkets have a nasty habit of supplying fresh food in plastic wrapping. The worst offender for most people is bananas! The fruit that has evolved it’s very own inbuilt wrapper gets shoved into a sealed plastic bag.
Or even if the ‘loose’ fruit and veg are actually loose, they usually only provide thin plastic bags for you to put them in.
There does seem to have been an awaking recently as this article reports Asda trialling a store that will only sell from refill stations.
We are a long way from that being the norm though so in the meantime get your self some reusable produce bags.
They are cheap enough online or in most stores and they can be stored in your bags for life so you won’t forget them!
My tip on that front is to keep them in your car boot after unpacking the shopping!
5. Start using reusable silicone bags
These bags are great, and they are made from BPA free, PEVA silicone with a zip lock mechanism. They are a great alternative to disposable plastic bags, cling film or foil.
They are leakproof meaning you can even store liquid-based food in them. Great for freezing down soup or bulk cooking a curry.
Also, use them for taking things like fruit in your packed lunch to work. Then wash them with soapy water in the sink.
Please don’t use a dishwasher though as they might come out on the melted side!
6. Swap out for a Silicone Sponge
Standard sponges don’t last very long and usually come in a plastic sealed bag. Not to mention they can get pretty stinky and turn into a bacteria heaven. Realistically they last 2-3 weeks before needing a change.
This is where the silicone sponge comes in handy. They are mildew and bacteria resistant so they won’t harbour germs and have no pores to trap smelly odours or toxins.
They have lots of small bristles which help remove the dirt and debris and have a finger strap to prevent the sponge slipping when introducing soap.
The reviews are a little polarising, but we are happy with ours but do need backup from a scourer on the more stubborn elements.
Eco kitchen products round-up
These are some brilliant areas to focus on and switch out for some eco kitchen products.
There is lots of plastic to be saved by making these changes with some small upfront investments.
Why not choose 1 per week or 1 per month depending on your budget?
Do you know of any other swaps that we could share? Please let us know!
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