50+ Best Zero Waste Kitchen Products
Updated: Nov 17
So, you decided to go to zero waste, awesome! To make your transition the simplest possible, I have listed a couple of my favorite items that significantly help to take the zero-waste road, especially in the kitchen. Read on to find out which are they!
The kitchen is the place in the household where probably the most waste is produced daily and where the zero-waste lifestyle is the most challenging.
If you cannot imagine your daily life without the kitchen towels, but you want to go zero waste, then these unpaper kitchen towels are the solution you were looking for. I make these reusable paper towels, which are an excellent alternative for disposable, single-use paper towels. They can be used as napkins for hands and faces as well.
The towels fit a standard towel holder perfectly. It is optional to have snaps on the towels to make it easy to 'tear' off individual towels.
The towels are made of 100% cotton, having one decorative side and one muslin cloth side, with rounded edges professionally serged using an overlock machine and polyester thread. They can be washed at 40 degrees without the fabric softener.
We all love sandwiches and take them with us when going out. But, where to put them? The solution is a reusable silicone sandwich bag. They are plastic-free, airtight seal, and versatile. Made of 100% pure platinum silicone, these bags are zero waste, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, BPA, and BPS-free: safe for people and the planet. Moreover, they can be reused almost an infinite number of times.
The bags are safe to use in the microwave, dishwasher, oven, on the stovetop, in the fridge, and even freezer.
One bag can hold one healthy-sized sandwich, about ten homemade granola bars, the loose items in a kitchen drawer, or even some of your personal care items.
Certain smelly foods may leave some odor; thorough washing or baking soda soaking will solve this. Baking soda and vinegar paste removes the stains as well.
Do you need a convenient way to store your dinner leftovers? A bowl cover might be just what you are looking for. They are easily reusable and can be put in the washing machine if they have become dirty or smelly.
Do you want something without plastic? These reusable beeswax wraps are a zero waste kitchen game-changer. Use the heat of your hands to gently mold the wrap to anything from cheese, bread, or half an avocado. Afterward, just wash the wrap in cool water and let it air dry.
Vegan Wax Wraps
Do you want something without plastic that is also vegan? These reusable vegan wax wraps are just for you. Just like regular beeswax wraps, these are moldable with the warmth of your hands but are made with candelilla wax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. So these are completely vegan!
Reusable Silicon Lids
These stretchy lids can cover a variety of bowls, cans, jars, and even fruit or veggies. Several sizes come in this pack so they cover nearly every food storage need you have. Plus, their silicone design means they’re not only dishwasher-safe but also easy to see through meaning you don't have to guess your check what you grab from your fridge.
Put a lid on food waste with this unique silicone food hugger. These Green Lids are specially designed to fit the top of bowls you have at home, keeping your fridge organized and your leftovers fresh for days! Made from FDA food grade silicone, they have a tempered glass lens to let you see what you just stored in each bowl. They are also dishwasher safe, and durable for years on end.
Avocado Food Hugger
These Avocado Food Huggers are specially designed to combat browning avocados, in two stretchable sizes for differing avocado sizes. The best part, the patented pit pocket design can be pushed in or out, depending on if your avocado half has a pit! And, like all Food Huggers products, they're 100% BPA-free, phthalate-free, vegan, and made from FDA food-grade silicone.
Compostable Cling film
Ok, you want to live more sustainably but with all these reusable options you just see more washing. Well, just for you, this cling film is made from plant-based BPI Certified compostable bioplastic. This cling wrap is home and industrially compostable making it great for replacing plastic bags and plastic wrap. You can use it just like you would use regular cling film so for, lunches, snacks, and cooking!
Compostable Trash Bags
No more plastic trash bags! They take ages to break down and even if they do they not really break down but become microplastics. These trash bags are large enough for all the waste you make while being completely compostable. This is awesome as they help you reduce your household's dependency on plastic.
These bags function precisely like disposable bags but can be used almost endlessly. They can be washed in the machine, are resistant to leaks and mold; therefore, there is no need for constantly buying single-use trash bags.
When washing the bag, flip it inside out, then put it in the washer for best results. Machine wash cold or hand wash and hang to dry. (Machine drying at high heat can decrease the life of the bag.)
100% Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) organic cotton mesh produce bags are perfect for your weekly grocery haul! These zero waste bags keep fruits and vegetables fresh longer than plastic bags, thanks to their breathable fabric. They are sustainable, organic, biodegradable, reusable, and zero waste. Also, exterior tare weight tags on each bag make checkout easy. Bags can be washed in a machine, warm or cold with like colors. Do not use bleach and let the air dry.
Want to start composting in your kitchen but are unsure about the smell? This compost bin keeps your compost bin odor-free and easy by fitting into your freezer door for less mess (and flies!) Moreover, the recycled stainless steel wire rim attaches to kitchen drawers to collect food waste while cooking, with a flexible silicone exterior that flips inside out easily for cleaning. It is easy: collect scraps, leave them in the freezer, then toss the leftovers in your backyard compost or city compost collection.
Tea Infuser Spoon
We all love our tea, especially when the weather is terrible. But did you know that most tea bags are actually made of plastic? The stainless-steel Heart Tea Infuser is 100% stainless steel and helps you to steep loose-leaf tea without microplastics being released into your favorite beverages. The use is straightforward: squeeze the handle to place the desired amount of loose-leaf tea into the diffuser and submerge it into hot water. When your tea has brewed, remove it from the cup and compost herbs from the diffuser.
Do you prefer a large pot of tea? This tea filter is just for you. This versatile tool could also be used to make cold brew coffee, nut milk, or even vegetable broth.
Tea exists to warm us up, and coffee to wake us up! To make your transition to zero waste, swap your single-use coffee filter for a sustainable alternative with the reusable coffee filter, made from an eco-friendly blend of organic hemp and cotton cloth. It is durable and washable and will last about a year with proper care.
Stainless Steel Coffee Filter
Make your favorite morning drink without all the gorgeous flavors being absorbed by paper or cloth. A stainless steel coffee filter not only reduces waste, but it also enhances the flavor of your daily dose of caffeine.
Lots of different methods exist to make coffee or tea. This is one of the few who can do both. Just pour in your ground coffee or loose tea leaves, wait a couple of minutes and press the plunger. Enjoy!
Bamboo Kitchen Tools
These amazing sustainable kitchen tools are made from lightweight and stronger than wood, USDA certified organic bamboo. They are naturally stain-resistant and anti-microbial. These are not only beautiful utensils that don't impart or absorb flavors, they also won't scratch cooking surfaces, and last you for ages.
Over 500 million disposable plastic straws are wasted in the US alone per day. This glass straw is the perfect zero waste sidekick to keep close by. This way, you'll always be prepared to say no to disposable straws! Plus, it's BPA-free, so you can sip on even the hottest drinks toxin-free!
Stainless Steel Straw
This two-pack of non-toxic stainless steel straws is perfect for cold drinks, cocktails, smoothies and so much more. Plus, the durable stainless steel is rounded and smoothed for maximum sipping comfort. Say no to single-use straws and make a sustainable swap with this stainless steel alternative!
The big downside of a reusable straw is that you need to clean it but this doesn't have to be difficult. This straw cleaner helps you out with their extra-long straw cleaning brush, you can keep your straw clean, helping you use it for years on end, and cut down on unnecessary disposable plastic waste!
These compostable straws are made from 100% FSC® Certified paper from responsibly managed forests. These straws are commercially compostable and will break down in about 180 days in your home compost bin. Perfect for cold drinks, these eco-friendly straws are durable and BPA free.
Planning on hosting a dinner party, a wedding, or a baby shower? Ditch the single-use plastic plates and go for naturally disposable dinnerware (if you don't have enough at home). These are USDA 100% Biobased, FDA food-safe, and compost approved. This way you can use, reuse, and send it back to nature (not the landfill). Made from a renewable resource (bamboo) that's chemical and pesticide-free.
Traditional coffee cups are not recyclable. Switch to an eco-friendly alternative if you need more cups for a special event but don't have enough at home. These are made from SFI® certified paper with Ingeo™ PLA lining. This is a bio-based plastic derived from renewable resources grown in the USA such as corn starch, tapioca roots, or sugarcane. This makes it commercially compostable and will break down within 2 to 4 months.
Bamboo cutting boards
These handcrafted bamboo cutting boards are perfect for small, lightweight tasks. The non-toxic bamboo is naturally moisture-resistant, so the boards don't take up moisture and swell. Plus, they are sustainably harvested and are fully reversible, so you can cut on one side and serve on the other side.
Organic Cotton Oven Mitt
An organic cotton oven mitt is a baking necessity in every zero waste kitchen! Protect your hands against heat from hot pans and trays with this sustainable glove.
These silicone oven mitts are made with thick heat-resistant food-grade silicon. They are rated to protect you from heat up to 446℉(230℃) making them great for daily use in your kitchen or at your outdoor barbecue.
Silicone Baking Cups
Whether you are making cupcakes, muffins, or just need a divider in your lunchbox, these silicone cups are an awesome addition to every zero-waste kitchen! Made from 100% food-grade silicone. These 12 baking liners are non-stick, easy to clean, and a great swap for single-use baking liners.
Steel backing cups
Silicone not for you? Try these steel baking cups. There non-stick coating makes it easy to remove the cupcake or all the other goodness you could be making with these cups.