Zero Waste- Kitchen Swaps

Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil is awesome. Unfortunately, we can’t reuse it because of the ways we typically use it (ie. food prep, fire…). I guess you can recycle it if you’re wearing it as a hat. Luckily for us, it’s 2018 and we can create almost anything we want to with technology. yay! Here are some helpful alternatives to aluminum foil!

Silicone Baking Mat

Parchment Paper: Do not recycle if you are using for food purposes! Parchment paper can be reused several times and then ultimately composted in an industrial composter (not the one in your backyard unless you’re really good) Be mindful of what you purchase and check with your compost collection group to see if they will accept it.


Even the guy who invented those single-use Kcups regrets ever making them. They are wreaking havoc on our environment. But have no fear, you don’t have to sacrifice your morning routine for a less wasteful lifestyle. Here are a few zero waste coffee alternatives!

French Press

Drip Coffee

Reusable Ceramic Travel Coffee Cup


Composting is the best thing you can do to limit your waste!! If you do not have a residential compost program in your community, then these alternatives are for you!

For City Dwellers on a Budget DIY

For City Dwellers Worm Compost

For People With Space

Countertop Compost

Dish Soap

Refill your own at the Filleree

DIY Dish Soap

Plastic Wrap

I have wasted so much Cling Wrap over the years just because I couldn’t figure out how to use the little saw-thing attached to the box. This stuff cannot, I repeat, CANNOT be recycled. Let’s ditch it for something better, we deserve better.

Beeswax Wrap

Glass Containers

DIY Beeswax Wrap

Or, use a shower cap to cover left over foods… or stick a plate on top of it. Wild.

Sponges and Brushes

Most kitchen sponges are made of polyurethane, a petroleum-based product and other oil-based plastics. No matter how clean we keep them, sponges will ultimately end up in our landfills. Let’s keep that plastic out of our environment and opt for some more sustainable alternatives!

Bamboo Pot Scraper

Copper Scrubber for Pots

Dish Brush

Ziploc Bags

I can’t remember the last time I used one of these… I have a friend who washes them out and then dries them. But our goal is to change our individual behavior so companies change their production behaviors. Let’s vote with our dollar and support these innovative alternatives to plastic baggies!

Sandwich Bags

Bento Bags

Nordic By Nature





5 Comments on “Zero Waste- Kitchen Swaps

  1. Some helpful hints.. thank you!. On the kitchen sponges and brushes: I just use a cotton swab and table salt or baking soda added to dish soap for scrubbing. Much less toxic than the polyurethane of many kitchen dish washing items. And for stainless steel cookware and surfaces: a light scrub with Cream of Tartar leaves a beautiful shine(I find it in the baking section at supermarkets here in South Africa)

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    • Cream of tartar?! Wow! What an amazing life hack!!! Luckily the scrubbers I have are all natural and can be composted but haven’t quite found something to replace the dish soap, I’ll have to give that a try!

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  2. I use the cloth sandwich bags for my husband, but when I want to send him to work with something that needs to be heated I send him with class containers. I like the bento boxes but if they are metal they can’t be microwaved and I don’t want to buy plastic. He complains about the weight of it at times. I use parchment paper when baking but I am thinking of getting a silpat or 2.


    • Yeah the microwavable thing has definitely been a tough one for me. I’m too scared to carry glass cause I just know I’ll drop it. So I brought a plate to work with me and leave it in my office, that way I have a microwavable surface!
      I haven’t made the switch to cloth bags yet for sandwiches, I normally just toss it in a tupperware. Do you guys like the bags and are they easy to clean?


      • I like the bag, just toss it in the wash. I turn it inside out and hang to dry. They don’t remain clean looking forever but have been using Lunchskins for years now and they are great.


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