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, and you can make lots of swaps in the kitchen to go greener.

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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. Buy full-size items and repackage them yourself to reduce single-portion plastic waste.

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 reusable straws, such as stainless straws. There are also biodegradable, compostable straws.

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

Look for safe cookware, storage, etc.

Do your research when it comes to things like 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. A cast iron pan is a great kitchen staple!

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

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.


Composting 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 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 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.

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. 

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  • Samantha Donnelly
    January 8, 2024

    I am always looking for more ways to be more eco friendly, so love reading posts like this. I do always buy in bulk when I can

  • Beth
    January 8, 2024

    Reusable containers are great. Not only are they better on the environment, but they look better, and they’re less expensive in the long run.

  • Karen
    January 8, 2024

    Super love the tips, THANK YOU SO MUCH….We’re trying as much as possible to buy local and to buy in bulks…We still have a lot to learn but I think we’re on the right track.

  • Indu
    January 9, 2024

    Very useful tips. I try to reuse waste kitchen items as much as I can.

  • Lisa
    January 9, 2024

    Having an eco friendly kitchen is a great idea. I will try to implement some of these additions this year. We never waste food!

  • Marie Cris Angeles
    January 9, 2024

    Ooh! I love those containers, Thank you for sharing these with us. Ive been looking for this for a long time.

  • Yeah Lifestyle
    January 9, 2024

    This is such a great post. I try and be as eco-friendly as possible, We have a fruit and vegetable market that we try and get to, the prices are really good and there is no packaging, we just take our reusable bags,

  • Luna S
    January 9, 2024

    Great tips! I love my re-usable shopping bags, it helps prevent so much plastic waste. We also love using re-usable water bottles, we’ve saved a ton of money & prevented a lot of trash using them instead of buying cheap plastic water bottles in bulk. Along with that we also have some re-usable snack baggies & glass storage containers.

  • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    January 9, 2024

    Such a simple yet impactful way to make a difference! Using reusable shopping bags and opting for reusable produce bags is a fantastic way to cut down on unnecessary waste. I love the idea of buying in bulk to minimize packaging, and the option to bring your own containers for dispensable items is brilliant. Repackaging snacks and other items at home to reduce single-portion plastic waste is a small change that can have a big positive impact. Thanks for sharing these eco-friendly tips!

  • Tammy
    January 9, 2024

    Composting is a game changer when it comes to reducing waste alongside recycling. It feels so good to making little changes like this plus its a lot healthier too! Great tips and suggestions for those starting out!

  • Hari
    January 10, 2024

    By staying eco friendly, we can drastically reduce the waste that gets produced out of our kitchens. Buying bulk and using reusable bags are the ones I resonated with the most.

  • Jupiter Hadley
    January 10, 2024

    These are such awesome tips, especially with the new year in full swing – hopefully we can pick up some new habits.

  • Lavanda Michelle
    January 11, 2024

    The emphasis on safe cookware and avoiding toxic coatings is something I’ll pay more attention to, and I’m excited to explore composting as a greener way to handle food scraps.

  • Tara Pittman
    January 11, 2024

    The food waste is one that I need to work on. I tend to overbuy produce.

  • Kathy
    January 11, 2024

    These are all such wonderful ideas. I love being eco friendly however I can. We started composting a couple years ago, and it’s so nice.

  • Amber Myers
    January 12, 2024

    I do have a lot of this! I have many reusable bags and straws. I just need to remember to use them.

  • Lavanda
    January 12, 2024

    Thank you so much for the tips. We’ve recently started looking into ways to get the house more eco-friendly, this was such huge help.

  • Claudia Krusch
    January 12, 2024

    Love all your tips! We try to buy local as much as possible!

  • Beautiful Touches
    January 12, 2024

    These tips on how to have an eco-friendly kitchen seem easy to adjust to if they’re not things we’re already doing. I miss the compost setup that I had at one of our old homes, it was perfect for our garden!

  • vidya
    January 13, 2024

    one of the things i really have been putting off but want to get to soon (hopefully this year) is composting

  • laura
    January 14, 2024

    I love these tips, many of the thing that you mention I always wanted to try. Thanks for sharing this with us.