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The Ultimate List of Zero Waste Kitchen Products for a more Sustainable Home

Updated: 4 days ago

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.

Unpaper towels

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.

Best Zero Waste Kitchen products - unpaper towels

Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bags

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.

Best Zero Waste Kitchen products - stasher bag

Bowl Covers

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.

Best Zero Waste Kitchen products - bowl cover

Beeswax Wraps

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.

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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!

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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.

Best Zero Waste Kitchen products - reusable silicone lids

Food Hugger

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.

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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.

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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!

Best Zero Waste Kitchen products - compostable cling film

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.

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Reusable Trash and Recycling Bag

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.)

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Organic Cotton Mesh Produce 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.

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Scrap Happy Kitchen Compost Bin

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.

Best Zero Waste Kitchen products - kitchen compost bin

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.

Best Zero Waste Kitchen products - tea infuser

Tea filter

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.

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Cone Reusable Coffee Filter

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.

Best Zero Waste Kitchen products - reusable coffee filter

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.

Best Zero Waste Kitchen products - stainless steel coffee filter

French Press

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!

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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.

Best Zero Waste Kitchen products - bamboo kitchen tools

Glass Straw

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!

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