When you want to live more eco-friendly, the kitchen is an important area to upgrade. There are many places in your kitchen where you can make changes to allow for a greener lifestyle. A lot of waste happens in the kitchen area or while preparing meals so this is a great opportunity for making a green living switch.
Here are 10 must-have items for an eco-friendly kitchen:
Reusable bags- These are so handy, can be used for groceries and also can be reused again and again for many things. Try to get bulk bags when you can find them because they will hold more stuff. Some styles have a drawstring closure and others are made as tote bags. You can find them online and also at grocery stores, retail stores and many other stores that you probably already shop at. You can also sew your own bags or repurpose bags or other materials that you have. I have known some people to make old t-shirts into reusable shopping bags.
Canning Jars: There are oodles of things you can do with canning jars, aside from just canning. They come in so many great, useful sizes and you can use them for fermenting, storage, canning and more. You can also find the great older style Mason jars at many second-hand stores and reuse them, which is more eco-friendly than buying new.
Gallon Crock: A nice, earthenware crock will go a long way to help you with fermenting veggies and other tasks you need to do in your green kitchen. They are well worth the investment and will last a lifetime (or more).
Earth-friendly Cleaners: Not all so-called “green” cleaning products are created equal so take some time to investigate good earth-friendly cleaners or to find out how to make your own.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a great choice for the health-conscious and it has a spot in any eco-friendly kitchen for sure. I use it often as a substitute due to family food allergies. It’s the best vegan butter replacer and it tastes great.
Sprouting Device: If you plan to sprout at home, you will be well off to invest in a good, quality sprouting device as soon as you can. While it is possible to do it manually yourself, if you lead a busy lifestyle, you will be tempted to skip if you get too busy. A sprouting device makes it easier for you to sprout at home any time you want.
Rapadura: Yes, it’s sugar but it’s the purest sugar you can find anywhere. It’s completely unrefined with all of the vitamins and minerals still intact. It’s dried sugar cane juice and it’s the best alternative for when a recipe just has to have some sugar!
Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Castile Soap: This biodegradable soap is just what its name says- 18 things in one. You can use it for body wash, dish soap, shampoo, laundry, tooth brushing and other cleaning needs around the kitchen and home.
Eco-friendly Kitchen Tools: Most kitchen aids are created with one thing in mind: to make your job easier in the kitchen. But as anyone who tries to live green knows, convenience comes at a price. Green living is not always the fastest or the easiest way to do things. However, more and more companies are getting on the “green train” and creating kitchen aids that are more environmentally friendly. These will make your job easier without you having to sacrifice an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Green Living/Cooking Books and Magazines: You can never stop learning about green living and green cooking so books and magazines on the topic will help you substantially. Buy them, borrow them or rent them and keep them handy in your kitchen.