Tips For a More Eco-Friendly Kitchen

The kitchen is a great place to make some changes to be more eco-friendly.  From shopping to cooking, there are many ways to live more sustainably.

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Reusable shopping bags

Using reusable shopping bags is an easy way to cut down on waste.  Reusable bags reduce waste, both paper or plastic.  You can also find reusable produce bags.

Buy in bulk, less packaging

Buying in bulk is a great way to reduce the amount of packaging that you use.  You can even find stores that have dispensers for items such as rice, so you can bring your own reusable containers.

Otherwise, consider portioning things such as snacks, to reduce single-portion sizes with more packaging. You can use your own reusable packaging for small portions.

Reusable containers / straws / etc

Reusable containers are a great way to reduce single-serve bags or other disposable food storage.  You can also find reusable utensils and straws, such as stainless straws. There are also biodegradable, compostable straws.

Even better than plastic, look for plastic alternatives such as glass and stainless storage. Instead of using plastic wrap, opt for something like Bees Wrap, which is a reusable waxed fabric. Instead of plastic sandwich bags, use paper sandwich bags.

Look for safe cookware, storage, etc.

Do your research when it comes to things like safe cookware. Avoid toxic coatings such as teflon, and opt for products that do not leach chemicals.  Stainless or cast iron cookware is a great way to go.

Glass is a good alternative to plastic, including tupperware and drink storage.

Avoid food waste

A great way to go more eco-friendly is to focus on reducing food waste.  Find ways to save foods before they go bad.  You can cut up fruits and freeze them for smoothies, or portion out leftovers to put in the freezer for easy access.

Another good way to reduce food waste is to have a meal planning strategy.  You can also work on a pantry, fridge, and freezer cleanout on a regular basis to use up items that are approaching expiration.


A compost bin is a great way to get rid of food scraps and other biodegradable items, instead of sending them to the landfill. You can set up a countertop food scrap bin that allows you to collect scraps between trips to the compost bin.

Eco-friendly cleaning

Eco-friendly kitchen cleaning products are not only better for the environment, but safer for you and your family. Find more natural cleaning products, including dish soap and dish detergent.  Using natural products on surfaces such as counters will reduce exposure to chemicals.

You can also green up your cleaning routine by using cloth kitchen rags instead of paper towels.  If you prefer to use paper towels, use ones that contain recycled content.  There are eco-friendly sponges as well, which do not contain plastic.

Efficient lighting & appliances

Use energy efficient lights, such as LED lights.

Also look for Energy Star appliances to reduce energy use.


Plants are a great way to improve air quality.  You can even try to grow a small windowsill garden with herbs!

Buy Local

Local products have a smaller carbon footprint, from food to household supplies.  It is also a great way to support the local economy.  When you can’t buy local, look for products that are sustainable and fair-trade.

13 thoughts on “Tips For a More Eco-Friendly Kitchen”

  1. We have started to use ceramic cookware, and it makes me feel good about using non-toxic products. I didn’t know that Ziploc makes paper sandwich bags, I saw them on your link, and I am going to buy some. I think the paper looks cooler too!

  2. I love your tips about proper food storage to extend the life of items and reduce waste. Cut up fruits and freeze them for smoothies, and pack meals in small portions, and put them in the freezer for easy access is the best.

  3. I can agree that reducing waste and using sustainable products are essential steps for a more eco-friendly kitchen. Making small changes like using reusable bags and composting can have a significant impact on minimizing your environmental footprint.

  4. I really am trying very hard to become more eco-friendly, starting with the kitchen. I love the tips you’ve provided. I will be using some of your tips and gradually incorporating them into my life!

  5. Your post is packed with fantastic ideas for making the kitchen a more eco-friendly space! I love how you cover everything from shopping habits to cooking methods and even cleaning routines. The emphasis on reusable items like shopping bags and containers really resonates with me; it’s such a simple change that can make a big difference in reducing waste. Your tips on avoiding food waste and composting are also super practical and actionable. And the suggestion to buy local not only benefits the environment but also supports local businesses, which is something I’m always eager to do. Overall, your suggestions are both informative and inspiring, making it easy for anyone to take steps towards a greener kitchen. Great job!

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