Sustainable Pantry Must Haves for Your Kitchen

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Are you mindful of the products you consume? Do you only purchase from brands that ethically source their ingredients but want to do more? The zero-waste movement has gained popularity with many businesses and individuals adapting to this lifestyle.

Switching out single use items and your disposable goods will not only aid in sustainable living but will be more eco friendly! Reusing is a good waste management method since it reduces the need for natural resources such as timber, petroleum and other resources. This not only saves energy, but helps conserve the environment. Here are a few essentials for your sustainable kitchen!

Mesh Bags

Instead of bringing home those clear plastic bags from the produce section, why not switch to a mesh bag that is reusable and breathable for all your fresh fruits and vegetables! These bags can be stored in the refrigerator and even double as grocery bags.

Reusable Storage Bags

Finding an alternative to zip locs will significantly reduce the amount of trash that you dispose of. Rather than using plastic bags, switching to silicone is a great option since it’s non-toxic, easy to clean and can handle hot and cold temperatures. Silicone bags also last much longer!

Silpat Sheets

This one is particularly for those that enjoy baking! Silpat is a perfect replacement for parchment paper. The mats are made from food grade silicone and are non-stick so there’s no use for oil or cooking sprays. They are also durable and can withstand upto a temperature of 480 Fahrenheit.

Mason Jars and Glass Food Storage

Yes plastic containers may be convenient, but making the swap from plastic to glass containers is overall better for the environment. Glass is non-porous and doesn’t absorb any germs which is overall better for your health. Also, an added bonus is its durability! With glass there’s no worry of staining and cracking.

Dishcloths and Napkins

The U.S uses more than 13 billion pounds of paper towels each year, making a ton of paper towels requires up to 17 trees. Instead of going through roll after roll of paper towels to clean your kitchen messes, opt for dish cloths and napkins that are eco friendly and an aesthetically pleasing option. Plus, this reduces the time used taking out the trash.

Reusable Straws

Many restaurants are banning the use of plastic straws and so should you! Plastic straws cause pollution and have particularly affected our oceans harming marine life and ecosystems. You can swap the plastic and choose between stainless steel, glass and bamboo.  Stainless steel, however, is the most recommended due to its durability and aesthetically pleasing design.

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