Sustainable Substitutes For The Kitchen & Bathroom

Sustainability is a pretty hot buzz word at the moment. At any given moment you can scroll your Insta feeds to discover someone chatting about the climate crisis and what we should do to activate it against it. It can all feel extremely overwhelming! Some of you do your part and others don’t even know where to begin. In today’s post, I’m going to share with sustainable substitutes for the kitchen and the bathroom.

One of my favourite quotes is that we don’t need a billion people doing it perfectly, we need a billion people don’t it imperfectly. This basically means that you don’t have to be doing EVERYTHING but as long as you are doing something and you build on top of that, you’re doing your part. Below, you’ll find different ways that you can become sustainable in the kitchen and the bathroom. Take a peek and see what you’re currently doing then add one more. Each week or month, I challenge you to add a new item to your actionable plan! Some of these are simple, stop buying paper towels and use a linen hand towel, but others can be a more difficult switch. For example, you may not be used to purchasing in bulk because boxed items are convenient and you don’t know how much you may need in bulk. Start small, begin with items like cereal or nuts and add to it each week. This requires a little more planning but before you know it, it’s a part of your routine!

This post isn’t about a zero-waste home. Before we recycle, reducing consumption is truly the better choice. We try our best to be zero waste at our home but we just aren’t there yet with our current lifestyle. My suggestions below will limit your consumption as you will be using high-quality products that are better for the environment that will LAST LONGER and are all easier to recycle.

SUSTAINABLE SUBSTITUTES FOR THE KITCHEN

  • Plastic Saran Wrap to Beeswax Wrap
  • Single-Use Paper Towels to Reusable Linen Hand Towels
  • Plastic Single Use Zip-Lock Bags to Reusable Silicone Bags
  • Tin Foil to Reusable Silicone Mats
  • Single-Use Plastic Bottles to Glass Bottles (various sizes available)
  • Boxed & Bagged Food to Bulk Food in Glass Containers (Cork Lids)
  • Plastic Containers to Glass or Steel Containers or Mason Jars
  • Paper or Plastic Hot Drink Cups to Reusable Glass Cups (silicone also available)
  • Single-Use Plastic Produce Bags to Cotton Reusable Produce Bags
  • Single-Use Plastic Garbage Bags to Paper Compost Bags (large for household garbage & small for food composting)
  • Single-Use Plastic Cup for Cold Drinks to Mason Jars
  • Single-Use Plastic Shopping Bags to Reusable Bags
  • Single-Use Plastic Straws & Cutlery to Bamboo options (sets available)
  • Single-Use Canned Soda to Sodastream
  • Plastic Kitchen Tools to Bamboo Kitchen Tools

DID YOU KNOW? In one year…

  • 1 reusable waterbottle = 167 plastic water bottles
  • 1 reusable bag = 170 plastic bags
  • 1 reusable cup = 500 coffee cups
  • 1 metal straw = 540 plastic straws
  • 1 cloth towel = 7,300 paper towels

SUSTAINABLE SUBSTITUTES FOR THE BATHROOM

  • Single-Use Plastic Shower Cap to Reusable Fabric Shower Cap
  • Plastic Toothbrush to Bamboo Toothbrush
  • Plastic Non-Refill Floss to Silk Refillable Floss
  • Plastic Bottled Shower Gel to Package-Free Soap
  • Bottled Soap to Bulk Soap in Glass Bottle
  • Bottled Shampoo & Conditioner to Package-Free Bars
  • Plastic Fibre Loofah to Natural Fabric Loofah (or nothing at all!)
  • Cotton Toiletpaper to Bamboo Toiletpaper
  • Single-Use Q-Tips to Reusable option
  • Disposable Plastic Shaving Razors to Steel Saftey Razor with Razor Refills
  • Single-Use Tampons & Pads to Reusable Cup or Organic Cotton Tampons & Pads (no bleach & biodegradable)
  • Single-Use Face Pads to Reusable Face Pads

DID YOU KNOW? In one year…

  • 1 bamboo toothbrush = 4 plastic toothbrushes
  • 1 glass floss container = 7 plastic foss containers

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