Minimize the amount of waste you produce at home
How to make simple changes to produce less waste at home
Waste is causing a lot of issues in our world, and it's one thing we have a direct ability to change. That's why we've done the work to find the easiest and most impactful steps we can take to reduce our waste so that you can put them into action!
Better products, Less Waste
We've researched and tested all sorts of alternative products to find out what are the best ones out there for you that don't sacrifice the quality or experience.
We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, and for most of us, it's where we generate the most waste. Below you'll find our compiled a list of the best products out there that benefit our environment and still achieve the job of the original product that is wasteful.
Reusable "Paper" Towels
Replace your Paper Towels
Why make the switch? Save trees, save waste (paper is the largest waste in landfills), save green house gas emissions (paper industry is 4th largest emitter of green house gas emissions). We don't need to be cutting down trees if there's a better alternative.
How-to Tip: Once you switch to one of these, just place your regular paper towels under the counter to make it a little less convenient to reach for each time. You'll make the switch over quickly!
Tea / Dish Towels
Why these? We don't have a specific recommendation, pretty much any option is better than paper.
Why these: Crafty or not, here's a great walk though on how to make your own at home.
Replace your Paper Napkins
Why make the switch? Just like your as paper towels above, paper napkins are an unnecessary waste and expense!
How-to Tip: Just throw your dirty ones in with your laundry!
Unbleached Cotton Napkins
Why we picked: All natural unbleached cotton look and feel great.
Why these? We've met Gina, and her Soft Cloth Shop is a great women's owned and operated store in WV.
Why these? HGTV walks you through the process to make your own!
Silicone Top & Bees Wrap
Replace your cling wrap (Saran Wrap)
Why make the switch? Cling wrap is not recyclable and the manufacturing process is very very dirty. These are two great alternatives we've tried and use that ditch that nasty plastic.
How-to Tip: The silicone are dishwasher safe, while the bees wrap is a more natural option (read, not dish washer safe).
Silicone Stretch Tops
Why we picked: Easy to use, fit pretty much anything, and dishwasher safe!
Why we picked: Organic cotton infused with natural bees wax and a Bees Wrap is a Green America certified company.
Why we picked: Astar's Place
walks you through the process to make your own bees wrap!
Silicone Baking Mats
Replace your Aluminum Foil
Why make the switch? While Aluminum is one of the best recycled materials (won't degrade over time) it takes a lot of energy to do recycle and you should be cleaning it before recycling it... Since we've switched, we haven't used aluminum foil once!
How-to Tip: If they get greasy or oily, just put in the top rack of your dishwasher!
Why these? These are the best ones we've found out of all the 5 brands we tested.
Reusable Ziplock Bags
Replace your single-use plastic bags
Why make the switch? Never buy Ziplock bags again! These are safe alternatives to the single use plastic bags that can't be recycled. These are our favorite alternatives to single use plastic snack and sandwich bags.
How-to Tip: All are dishwasher safe, we just recommend keeping them on the top rack.
Why we picked: A set of 4 and the easiest way to start the switch from single use bags. They come in all sorts of patters and gallon bags!
Why these? Great middle of the road quality and price and you get 5 of them.
Why these: Highest quality... and the highest price. They can be boiled (sous vide) or baked.
Reduce the amount of waste made with Coffee
Why make the switch? Not having coffee just isn't an option for some of us (we're looking at ourselves here). These are our favorite alternatives to the several ways we consumer our coffee these days.
How-to Tip: We don't want to mess with your morning routine... but give it a try.
Why we picked: Keurig has finally come out with their own k-cup.
Why we picked: They are trying to recycle as much as possible, and aluminum is infinitely recyclable.
Why we picked: This might be the best coffee we've made at home.
Be sure to have your essentials wherever you go
Why make the switch? Carrying the essentials for what you need everyday is the a great first step.
How-to Tip: Start with remembering to bring these with you to kick start your waste free journey.
Why we picked: Cupanion's bottle is light, perfect size, and comes with a Fill-it Forward tag so you can donate to water projects each refill!
Why we picked: Cupanion's thermos sturdy and keep your drink hot or cold for hours.
Why we picked: The best straw we've used out of the tons we've tried!
Why we picked: The best bamboo utensils we've tried in a convenient carrying case.
Reduce the amount of waste with each shopping trip
Why make the switch? Every time we go shopping we've got an opportunity to reduce our waste, there are tons of simple switches, these are a few of our favorites.
How-to Tip: The Chico bags are perfect to slip into your purse or backpack so you have one with you all the time.
Why these? Ditch the single use plastic bags and keep your produce fresh.
Alternative: Don't use bags at all...
Why these? Green Upward bags are high quality hand made in the US.
Impact of Switching
Total cumulative impact of taking all these actions above over a year
(1,555 gal of water)
days of cow farts saved
(446 lbs of CO2)
trash bags of waste saved
(131 lbs of waste)
equivalent to 217 cups of coffee
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