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Since my “5 Easy Bathroom Eco-Swaps” post got great feedback, I wanted to continue our journey through the house into the kitchen where trust me when I say that “5” eco-swaps are only the beginning to make our kitchens, homes and planet more eco-friendly and sustainable.
Remember: Use what you have before shopping. Eco-Swaps that don’t break your bank account and are effective DO exist. So, do what works for you and your situation.
FACT: “The glass is overall safer for food storage than plastic. Chemicals from plastic containers may migrate from the plastic into your food.” – health-cookware.com
– Use old sauce and pickle jars or bottles for food, smoothies and homemade sauce storage.
– Buy glass Tupperware for food storage at home and on the go.
– Repurpose empty sauce/dressings bottles and jars bought at the store
FACT: “Made from non-recyclable materials like polyester, microplastic fall off on almost every wash, washing straight down our drains into our water systems. These microplastics then stay in the ocean forever, either being digested by marine life (ever seen how a whale shark eats) or making its way onto corals or the sea floor” – awastefreeworld.com
– Some sponges may be made from recycled plastic, double check details before purchase
– Make sure to wring out sponge after use and allow to dry out of the sink to last longer and mold free
– Eco Sponge Cloths by Ever Eco (featured on The Eco Warrior)
3. Cling Wrap
FACT: Cling film can be made from a variety of plastics; the most popular material is polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Not only can it be harmful to human health, it also ends up in landfill and in our oceans where it is causing harm to the environment and nature.” – forgerecycling.co.uk
– For baking, use aluminum foil to wrap or cover the food
– Wax or silicone covers are both great alternatives
4. Scrubbing Brush
FACT: “The total climate impact of wooden brushes is more than 75 % lower compared to the impact of plastic brushes. While for wooden brushes the preparation of the material is the main cause of emissions, for plastic ones, the disposal has an important role since majority if not all are sent to landfill.” – myclimate.org
– Use what you have before purchasing new products.
– Detach the bristle/brush from the handle in both plastic and eco products as they may be disposed differently.
5. Paper Towels
FACT: “To make one ton of paper towels, 17 trees are cut down and 20,000 gallons of water are consumed and polluted. In the USA alone, 13 billion pounds (6,500,000 TONS) of paper towels are sent to landfills each year.” – greennewton.org
– Cut out squares from used/old t-shirts for cleaning or spot cleaning
– Use separate dish cloths (I colour coordinate) for hand drying and cleaning spills
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