7 Reusable Kitchen Tools That Replace Single-Use Products
Reduce your environmental impact in the kitchen by swapping single-use products with these ingenious reusable ones instead. These picks will also save you money in the long run.
Replace Cling Wrap and Plastic Bags: Beeswax Food Wrap
Beeswax is a great product that helps reduce a lot of different one-time-use kitchen products like cling wrap, plastic bags, and other leftover containers. Simply rub the beeswax wrap to warm it up so it can adhere to bowls, containers, and itself better. Note: It works best with even-rimmed containers. You can also use it to wrap up small pieces of leftover produce like avocados, too!
Price: $15 for four
Replace Plastic Bags: Reusable Zip Bags
You can finally eliminate plastic sandwich and snack bags from your grocery list. These reusable bags are BPA-free, lead-free, freezer-safe, and are super easy to clean. Each pack comes with four sizes so you can store a variety of food items. Just zip it closed, place it in the fridge or your lunch box, and you're ready to go.
Price: $20 for four
Another Plastic Wrap Replacement: Silicone Suction Lids
Never fuss with cling wrap again thanks to these silicone suction lids. These lids adhere to practically any pan, pot, and bowl. You can even use them in the microwave, on the stove top, and in the oven (up to 450 degrees F). They can even stack in the refrigerator for food storage. Make sure to check out the included instructions that detail 20 different ways you can use these handy little lids.
Price: $25 for four
Replace Plastic Straws: Stainless Steel Straws
Straws are one of the easiest single-use options to swap out for something reusable. The straws in this stainless steel set are extra wide and extra long, making them perfect for thicker drinks like smoothies, milkshakes, and protein drinks as well as your soda, water, and other beverages. They're also dishwasher safe and come with a special brush to clean the interior.
Price: $12 for five
Replace Take-Out Containers: Glass Storage Containers
Just like straws, take-out containers are another way you can reduce your carbon footprint by replacing them with glass containers. This set comes in handy for storing leftovers and when you go out to eat. Simply ask the restaurant if you can store your meal in your own container instead of the styrofoam boxes they typically use. These microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe containers are ideal for placing directly in your lunch box for a tasty meal on the go!
Price: $17 for 10-piece set
Replace Paper Towels: Reusable Bamboo Towels
Did you know we use 51,000 trees' worth of paper towels daily? These bamboo paper towels help to reduce paper usage by allowing you to use them time and time again—each sheet in this roll can be washed up to 100 times. These rolls are made from sustainable bamboo forests and can replace up to 429 single-use paper towel rolls.
Replace Plastic Produce Bags: Reusable Mesh Bags
You've likely seen or already use reusable grocery bags, but take your green grocery shopping one step further with these reusable produce bags. These washable bags come in handy when toting or storing fresh produce. You can fit a lot of fruits in veggies in them, too, including broccoli, lettuce, and bananas. Plus, the cashier can still scan the barcode through the bag, making them just as convenient (and less wasteful!) as single-use plastic.
Price: $17 for five