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Zero waste is a pretty popular term when it comes to modern life. As we’re getting more and more familiar with all the damage human civilization has done to the planet so far, we’re trying to as much as we can. And zero waste movement is all about that – doing the doable; cleaning your doorstep, or “thinking globally acting locally”. Zero wasters, how these enthusiasts are often called, are not fanatics – they are aware that the change is not going to come overnight, and if you want to change the world, you got to start with yourself. Making small steps. In this article, we’re going to list some of the most common items that will make your kitchen one step closer to the zero waste ideal.
One more thing. We’ve already written about reusable food storage bags and glass food storage containers, and we encourage you to take a look at two of these articles since these items belong to the same category of zero waste kitchen items.
We’ll start with the basics. You probably already know what composting is about. There is a lot of organic waste made of food scraps, or other biodegradable items that come out of our kitchens. So instead of treating it like garbage, you could use it as compost, or a natural fertilizer for growing, for example, tomatoes on your balcony. It doesn’t need to be tomato, it can be any other fruit or vegetable, but organic cherry tomatoes from your production could be a good starting point.
This stainless steel compost bin will make that process easier for you. Besides, it’s sturdy, it comes with an inner bucket, tightly closed lid, and 2 pieces of activated carbon filters. It has a 1-gallon capacity and neutral, grey color makes it a perfect fit for any kitchen décor. It’s odor and liquid leaking-proof, and it’s one of the must-have zero waste kitchen items.
What’s the place where you spend most of the time in the kitchen? Right, I knew it was a kitchen sink. There is plenty of items and utensils that don’t require you to turn on your dishwasher and some of them are strictly recommended to be hand-washed, using only warm water and dish soap. If you’re looking for completely biodegradable dish soap, then you’ve found it. This soap is free from all toxins, plastics, and synthetics. It’s even fragrance-free and vegan-friendly.
Vegan-friendly production is another interesting initiative, and we’ll write about it later.
So, if you’re looking for efficient dish soap that won't harm you nor our planet, then look no further, this is it.
Now, even turning your dishwasher on doesn’t need to be so harmful to the environment, if you opt-in for a zero-waste philosophy. As we said, it’s about doing as much as we can for the planet.
So if you do use often your dishwasher, a more acceptable way would be to use sustainable dishwasher detergent. The item we have here, Dropps detergent pods is exactly that. It’s manufactured in the USA, out of mineral-based ingredients. It doesn’t even require a pre-wash, and thus saves loads of water, which is one step further in energy efficiency. When it comes to cleaning efficiency, you’ll be surprised how thoroughly it does the job.
While we are still at the soaps, we cannot avoid this next item. It’s a natural liquid handwash soap, based on plant-powered formulas. It doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or animal by-products, but it contains ingredients that make it suitable for any skin type. It’s not for no reason – this liquid soap is created by doctors, and based on plant-powered formulas. In the end, it’s made in the USA, and it’s surely one of the must-have zero waste products in your home.
When it comes to dishwashing, you barely can do anything without a kitchen sponge. So, the next item on our list is an eco-friendly kitchen sponge pack, containing 10 biodegradable dish sponges. The sponge itself is made of wood cellulose and the scrubber on top of it is made of natural coconut fibers. Even the packaging is recyclable, so you can purchase it free from any guilt.
One more item we can’t imagine our kitchen without is the kitchen towel. The widely accepted way of using them is in the shape of paper kitchen towels. If you’re looking to lower the amount of waste you’re making, this cotton-based kitchen towel might be an acceptable alternative to you. The towels are completely biodegradable, recyclable, and compostable. Even more than that, they are washable, so, before composting them, you can use them for as long as you want, since they are made to last.
Although these are not being quite the ‘kitchen’ items, these bags will surely change the way your kitchen functions. You need the bags to bring the grocery and all other stuff to your kitchen. If you take a look from that standpoint our everyday life is unimaginable without grocery bags. These durable, medium-sized reusable bags will help you get rid of single-use plastic and paper grocery bags. Being made of stretchable cotton makes them able to hold up to 40 lbs, and it is not to be underestimated. And last, but not least, even from the esthetics point they still seem great.
So, that would be it for our must-have zero waste kitchen recommendations. Again, we encourage you to take a look at our articles on reusable food storage bags and glass food containers, which would also be a great addition to your efforts of making a more environmentally-friendly kitchen.
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