In this post, our friend Damaris shares 5 zero waste kitchen essentials you need to know about! When you want to reduce your waste in the kitchen, these 5 products will really help you to live more sustainably.
Zero Waste Kitchen Essentials
If you want to live more sustainably, taking each room at a time and choosing more sustainable alternatives, is a great place to start.
I started with the products I use on a daily basis and replaced each item for a zero waste kitchen alternative, as soon they needed replacing.
Remember that the most sustainable product is using what you have already and when you’re in a position to replace; then choosing a more sustainable option.
Bamboo Washing Up Brush
One of my favourite zero waste kitchen essentials is a bamboo washing up brush. The best washing up brushes have a removable head so that you can just change the brush head when you need to. Most of the replacement heads are universal as well so that’s quite handy too.
Dish soap is a great sustainable swap. It takes a bit of getting used to but you just scrub your brush/sponge onto the soap and then use to wash your dishes. You can also just dip your dish soap into the water if you just wanted to create a soapy water to clean.
Another great thing about using dish soap is that with most dish soaps, the ingredients are natural and that means you can reuse the water for watering your plants.
If you want the full zero waste kitchen set, you can buy here.
Vegan Beeswax Wraps
Another amazing swap is vegan beeswax wraps. Beeswax wraps are an alternative to plastic film that would usually be used to cover food in the refrigerator.
Using a beeswax wrap instead is great because it’s flexible due to the wax inside and you just use it to wrap around your food or bowl.
They also work great for wrapping up sandwiches to take with you.
Glass Jars/ Mason Jars
Another one of my favourite zero waste kitchen essentials is glass jars! You can use glass jars to store your herbs, dried food, leftovers, and even food you want to freeze.
You can buy mason jars yourself but if you would prefer, it’s actually quite easy to save the jars from food you’ve already eaten. Just clean them out and you can reuse them over and over again for various storage in your kitchen.
Charcoal Water Filter
I live in the UK so you can drink the tap water but it does usually taste quite strongly of chlorine. I used to use Brita filter jugs to filter my water until I discovered charcoal water filters.
Basically, the plastic filters usually have crushed up charcoal in and that’s what filters your water. When you buy the charcoal as it is, you reduce the plastic waste that you would normally get from having a water filter.
Some of them last 6 months and once you’re done with them, you can even use them to remove odours in the refrigerator or in areas of your home that are prone to condensation.
You can read more tips on creating a zero waste kitchen on my blog.
I hope you’ve found this list of zero waste kitchen essentials helpful. Thank you, Lars, for giving me the opportunity to write this guest post for your blog!
About the Author
Damaris is a blogger for Rainbow Vegans Rock. She's been vegan since 2016 and shares beginner friendly sustainable tips and the vegan lifestyle. She loves plants but has a tendency to over-water them!