There’s a lot of waste that goes on in kitchens, but intentional homemakers don’t have to follow the norm.
You can choose to invest in reusable kitchenwares, and as you use them day in and day out you’ll not only keep junk out of landfills, but you’ll get your money’s worth (many times over!).
Here are some ways you can switch to reusable alternatives in your kitchen. I want to raise my son to be familiar with all of these!
Glass or stainless steel food storage containers
Your food will taste fresher if it’s not stored in plastic, and glass or stainless steel don’t absorb food odours and stains the way that plastic does. Stainless steel containers are lightweight, and you can microwave glass, so each type of container has its place. When we started using glass containers, we made the switch over the course of a year or two, buying a couple at a time.
You can cut back drastically on your plastic wrap usage by investing in a few sheets of Beeswrap. Use Beeswrap to wrap bread, cheese, or vegetables, or to cover a bowl for food prep or storage.
If you like to drink lots of smoothies, or you just want to pep up your drink, ditch the plastic straws and go with glass, stainless steel, or silicone. You can get paper straws, too, but I think you might as well invest in something reusable when you’re making the switch!
Tea towels and cloth rags
I’ve been in many residential kitchens where the only thing to dry your hands on was a paper towel. That’s an expensive practice! Hide the paper towels and make an assortment of tea towels accessible instead. To clean up spills, have a few cloth rags handy, too.
Instead of the cheap, bulk-pack polyurethane sponges that get nasty all too fast, purchase a couple of quality biodegradable cellulose sponges that you can wash in the dishwasher (or boil in water) and reuse many times! You can also look for microfiber sponges, which can be tossed in the laundry.
Look for reusable snack bags, glass or stainless steel water bottles, washable bamboo utensils, and cloth napkins.
Reusable produce bags
Have a stash of these in stock to bring to the grocery store (so you don’t have to use those plastic produce bags), or farmer’s market. Use them to store loose produce in your fridge or pantry.
Although you’re probably willing to try reusable options like these in your kitchen, the real difficulty is where to find them!
There’s a simple solution.
I highly recommend you check out MightyNest, the online small business that stocks hundreds of healthy, sustainable products for your home. MightyNest carries all of the reusable options I mentioned above, and the team researches every item they source so that their customers always get the best.
If you want to sample the natural products at MightyNest in a simple, non-overwhelming way, try their MightyFix subscription service. I’ve mentioned the MightyFix before when I tried out wool dryer balls, and I recently got to try out Bee’s Wrap for the first time!
Here are the basics of the MightyFix service and what makes it so awesome:
- A subscription to MightyFix is $10/month and each month you receive an item valuing at least $10, and often more. Typical items include things like a glass water bottle, natural sunscreen, reusable produce bags, and other healthy products for your home!
- Shipping on your MightyFix is always free, but more than that, if you want to add other things to your order—detergent or dish soap or sunscreen—you can add those to your order and have all of those things ship for free, too.
- 15% of your $10/monthly MightyFix is eligible to be donated to your child’s school.
- MightyFix products are always products that would be useful in any household; not for families with children only.
- You can be a subscriber for as long or short as makes sense for you; there’s no mandatory subscription period. The MightyFix is available to Canadians and Australians for a small shipping fee.
Do you want to try out MightyFix? They’re offering a special coupon code for Richly Rooted readers! With the code ROOTEDBEESWRAPFIX you can get your first fix—a medium and large sheet of Bee’s Wrap—for just $3 instead of $10. (The code will be automatically applied to your cart when you click through this link.)
Bee’s Wrap is a beautiful, old-fashioned alternative to plastic wrap that you’ll find lots of everyday uses for in your kitchen. It’s made in Vermont from organic cotton that’s infused with tree resin, beeswax, and organic jojoba oil. The natural warmth of your hands is enough to bend and shape the wrap to cover a bowl or to wrap bread, cheese, vegetables–even cookie dough that needs to chill in the fridge!
Beeswax and jojoba oils have inherent antibacterial properties, so they help to keep food fresh. The beeswax also gives the wraps a faint but pleasant honey-wax scent, but I haven’t found that it hinders the flavors of foods at all.
Bee’s Wrap is easy to care for–just wash in cool water (not hot, because you don’t want to melt the wax!) with mild dish soap and let air dry. Once dry, you can fold or roll the wraps and store in a drawer, or a cloth or paper bag.
The medium and large Bee’s Wrap sheets normally retail for $13.10 (plus 5.95 shipping), so getting them for $3 as a new MightyFix subscriber is a great deal!
This post is sponsored by MightyNest. As always, I’m happy to recommend them, and grateful that they carry such a wide selection of healthy products for my home!