Eco-friendly is a way of life. It’s not doing anything harmful to the environment and being more conscious with our waste.
Most of us nowadays are trying to do our bit for the environment. If you’re anything like me, you spend hours on Instagram looking at different ways to save our planet.
I feel like it’s a hobby of mine to find different ways to change the way I live and feel less guilty about the waste my family produces….when we don’t even need to!
If you want to become more eco-friendly, the kitchen is a great place to start, and it’s the room in which there a lot of alternatives to what we use.
You obviously can’t make the changes overnight and it’ll take time so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Just making small changes is a great start.
I’m still learning but I’m living more and more ‘green’ each day and feeling great for it.
So here are some examples of swaps and alternatives you can make to have a more eco-friendly kitchen.
11 Swaps you Can Make To Have A More Eco-Friendly Kitchen
1. Reusable Water Bottle
I always have a water bottle with me. I like being able to see how much I’m drinking in a day.
I used to buy a new bottle every day!
That’s so wasteful and I’m sure a lot of people still do it.
Since becoming more interested in the environment I invested in a water bottle, I’ve recently bought a glass one which is so much nicer to drink out of.
I’ve got one like this one on Amazon but a stainless steel one will do.
It’s a small and easy step for living a life with less waste.
2. Reusing Old Jars
I save every jar we use, I like to refill them with spices, rice, pasta and using them to store any leftover food.
It reduces the need for using cling film or sandwich bags.
You could also use them when shopping (for example, in a health food shop. You could use them to buy seeds, lentils and nuts etc.)
3. Compost Bags/Bin
I hate wasting food and try hard not to. Depending on where you live, you can get a compost bin to be collected with your weekly bins. Any food that cant be saved or skins, peelings, and shells from food can go into the compost bin.
You can buy compost bags from your local supermarket or get them free from your local library. (depending on where you live of course)
4. Soap Nuts
These are still quite new to me but I love them! They’re mega cheap and last for so long!
These are a great alternative to constantly buying soap powder, I go through so much of it and only have a small family so can’t imagine how much bigger families go through!
They are super easy to use, you just pop them into the washing machine in a cloth bag, pop a couple of drops of essential oil in for a bit of fragrance and put the machine on.
There’s no need to use fabric conditioner either, they make the laundry nice and soft.
6 soap nuts can last for up to 6 washes as well!
5. Plant-based And Natural Cleaning Products
Eco-friendly cleaning products are non-toxic, biodegradable and made from sustainable packaging.
It feels a lot nicer to clean with nontoxic cleaning products rather than harsh chemicals.
They sell lots of plant-based and ‘green’ products online and in supermarkets.
If you have the time, why not try making your own? It could be fun trying something new!
6. Reduce The Amount Of Plastic You Buy
Eating a plant-based diet is such an excellent way to help save the planet and by eating mainly fruits and vegetables you can reduce the amount of single-use plastic you buy.
When you take more notice of what you’re buying its actually crazy to think how many years we have been just over buying, wasting and throwing away stuff that we don’t particularly need.
Another more obvious choice is to try and not use plastic bags, collect yourself some cool reusable canvas bags. They look so much cooler and come without the guilt.
Try using a glass or metal straw that you can use again and again rather than a box of plastic ones just looking ugly and taking up space in your kitchen.
7. Invest In An Eco Sponge
There’s so many available online and they look so cool! I could sit for so long trying to decide what one to buy as there’s so many cool prints and colors to go for.
There is also a lot of tutorials online on making your own if you’re feeling a bit crafty.
Don’t just stop at a sponge either, there are lots of different alternatives to choose from also. Why not try a coconut dish brush?
8. Get Some Unpaper Towels
Have you ever actually taken note on how many paper towels we use in a day?
When I started actually thinking about it I used so many! Unpaper towels are a great alternative and reusable!
There are also so many out there to choose from and like the eco-sponge, there is so many different colors and prints to choose from.
I know I would rather colorful paper towels than a boring old tissue!
You could alternatively just scrap the tissue and get some more tea towels and use them.
9. Beeswax Wraps
I’ve mentioned these on another post but there are such a great idea!
Get rid of that clingfilm and use a wrap to cover your food.
They have some cool colors and patterns as you can see on Amazon here.
You could also invest in some snack bags, a different kind of sandwich bag but with a lot less waste.
You could get crafty and have a go at making your own.
10. Wooden Cooking Utensils
When buying utensils for the kitchen, go for wooden ones instead of plastic.
I’m not saying if you have plastic ones already you should just throw them away because that would be wasteful but from now on go for the wooden alternative.
The wooden ones will last a lot longer and they look more pleasing on the eye.
Also, be conscious when buying supplies for parties. Use disposable wooden cutlery, biodegradable plates, and paper straws.
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11. Bamboo Or Stainless Steel Children Bowls
When my son was small he had his own bowls, plates, cups, cutlery you name it.
Guess what… they were all plastic! Obviously its to stop the little monkey breaking and possibly hurting himself on my plates.
An excellent switch is to use bamboo or stainless steel.
If you’re worried about not having the fun cartoons on them, bamboo bowls and plates can still come with a fun print.
Going eco-friendly is new for many of us and it can be fun to learn new ways of living. It’s all about taking time to research and thinking about what you purchase. I hope something has interested you and helped you on your journey to a greener way of life