A new year – a new start. How about starting the new year with being more sustainable in your way of living? I recently started adjusting how I buy kitchen products trying to take care of our environment, and I want to share those tips with you. There are still many things I can do about the products and kitchen supplies I regularly buy, but hey, you got to start somewhere, right? So one of my resolutions for 2018 is going even more sustainable in my kitchen. Here is what I have already changed, and what I want to change:
Laundry with EcoEgg – Not really belong in the kitchen category, but my washing machine is placed in the kitchen.. Anyway, this is one of the sustainable changes I have been most excited about. The laundry egg from EcoEgg is amazing! It performs just as well as regular detergent, but without any harsh chemicals. Also it lasts 210 washes, which means I don’t have to think about buying new washing products for years (depending how often you do laundry).
Sponge with no micro plastic – Changing plastic sponges with sustainable sponges is an easy adoption. I actually think it do its job much better than the plastic sponges. My sponges are from Suztain, and is made out of fibres from the plant Luffa. It last up to 6 months, just remember to wash it from time to time either in your washing machine or with boiled water leftover from making tea og eggs. When it has done its purpose, you can compost it with the rest of your kitchen waste.
Cotton dish cloths – Do you knit or have anyone in your family knitting, dish clothes are easy to make yourself. You can also use an old (cotton) shirt of yours buy cutting it into smaller pieces. My mum knitted some cloths for me, but I also bought these beautiful cloths from Söhdahl. Besides washing the cloths in the washing machine, I use the leftover water from boiling egg or making tea to clean the cloths.
Composting kitchen waste – Households in Copenhagen just got a container for organic waste, which is converting into biogas for heating, electricity, fuel and agricultural fertilizer. This is an amazing initiative for our city, however I want to keep my organic waste for myself and use it for my house plants and in the common backyard. Therefor I got permission from City of Copenhagen to have my own compost container in the backyard for me and my neighbours’ organic waste. It excites me to follow the compost process, and I can’t wait to use it!
Compostable food and freezer bags – I was surprised how cheap these sustainable and compostable food and freezer bag are compared to regular plastic bags. These bags don’t contain plastic or any harsh chemicals. They are made out of corn, and are also compostable (yay!) and certified GMO-free.
Ditch paper towels – Even though I compost my used paper towels, this product is just a waste of trees. An alternative to paper towels, could be these washable paper towels made out of ecological bamboo. Each sheet can be washed up to 85 times, which means that one roll with 20 sheets is like 1.700 paper sheets or 40 rolls of paper towels!! I haven’t tested them yet, but it says they should be better to absorb water than regular paper towels.
No more making ice cubes in plastic bags – Well, this is just stupid and I can’t believe I am still using the classic plastic bags making ice cubes. Instead I want to buy this ice cube tray in stainless steel.
Out with aluminimum foil – I really want to change aluminimum foil and plastic wrap with these wraps from Abeego made out of bee wax, ecological cotton, jojoba oil, hemp and resin. The challenge for me is going to take good care of the sheets and wash them in order to make them last, and not just throw them out after one time using them. But ohh, it’s gonna warm my heart never have to use aluminimum foil again!
This post contains many links to Suztain, however this post was not sponsored or made in collaboration with Suztain, but only my own words and personal recommendations.