5 eco-friendly Amazon finds for a green kitchen
These products will help you get closer to having a zero-waste kitchen
The war against single-use plastics is on! Help the planet by switching your zip locks bags and plastic wrappers with eco-friendly options.
These products are available on Amazon, but I recommend trying to find them or an equivalent in your local shops, since Amazon is not the best at eco-friendly wrapping and shipping – even if they promised to improve this in the future.
Save the turtles with your drinks
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We've all seen that video of people removing a straw from a turtle's nose. To help reduce plastic waste in the oceans, consider using glass or metal straws. Not only are they reusable, but they also look really nice. They come in a variety of colours like silver, gold, rose gold, or multi-chrome. Find them on Amazon US and Amazon UK.
Stop buying Zip Lock bags!
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Many companies make these silicone BPA-free reusable bags. Not only are they better for the environment since you can wash them, but they are actually better at doing their jobs than disposable bags. They will not puncture, they can hold liquid, and you can freeze or boil them. Since I got mine, I've sworn by them and never will I purchase any disposable bags again. They come in a variety of sizes for all your needs: From snacks for the kids to a giant bag to marinade your meat in. Find them at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
It's time to Unpaper
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Paper towels are a thing of the past. Their environmental impact is huge; from the water and trees needed to produce them, to the giant plastic wrap they usually come packaged in, and finally their very short life once used. The "Unpaper" towels have been a growing trend: they are not only better for the environment, but better to a paper towel in many ways. They come in a variety of patterns and colors, making it a fun decorative element. They are soft to the touch so you can use them as cloth napkins. They will not disintegrate with use like a paper towel. They will also absorb more liquid than your usual paper towel. If it was a small mess you can rinse them and reuse immediately, or you can throw them in the wash. They come in a roll so you can re-roll them once you've used them all and washed them. They make a great gift for yourself or for an eco-friendly friend. Find them at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
No more wax, parchment or aluminium paper
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If a recipe calls for using wax, parchment or aluminium paper, you can use a "Cookina" baking sheet instead. These are silicone and will stop anything from sticking to your baking sheet. They are easy to clean and can be cut to size to fit in any dish. This one is for the oven but they also have a specialised one for barbecues. Find them at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Forget that old cling film
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Whether you use cling film to wrap things or to cover a plate, it is a piece of single use plastic that we must try to get rid of. These reusable food wrappers are made of fabric that has been saturated with beeswax. The wax on them lasts around one year, but the good news is you can simply re-wax the same fabric by melting wax over them in an oven. They are easy to wash and come in a variety of sizes. They come in a variety of cute designs and are perfect for lunches or for cooking at home. Find them at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Let me know if you've tried any of these products, or if you think you'll be ordering some!