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Simple Swaps for a Healthy & Sustainable Kitchen

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Goodbye winter blues, hello spring renewal!

<h2>Spring is a beautiful time to let go of things that no longer serve you and embrace positive changes. Today we’d like to share 5 eco-friendly swaps you can make in your kitchen to create a healthier, more joyful home and planet. These zero waste swaps will help you reduce your plastic use, rid your home harmful toxins, and save you money long-term by implementing reusable products. Being mindful of your product choices and consumption supports the health of your family, community, and the environment.

 

Bees Wax Wraps

Eliminating one-time use plastics is a great way to reduce your waste and save money in the kitchen. A sustainable alternative to plastic bags and plastic wrap is Beeswax Wrap. This non-toxic, all natural cloth and bees wax is perfect for wrapping up bowls, fresh produce, and to-go lunch packs. This cloth wrap is reusable—all you have to do is wash it with warm water and let it air dry. When your cloth starts to lose its shape, compost it!

 

Glass Tupperware

Is your cabinet cluttered and unorganized with mismatched plastic Tupperware lids and containers? Glass Tupperware is your new best friend! These containers are great for storing, packing lunches, cooking, freezing, and reheating food, so you can save time and eliminate the harmful plastic chemicals that transfer to your food. Choosing glass tupperware is something your body and the planet will thank you for. Glass containers are also long lasting and leakproof, even after years of use.

 

Homemade Multi-Surface Cleaner

You don’t have to be adventurous to create your own non-toxic cleaners. All you need is a glass spray bottle, water, baking soda and distilled vinegar to make a natural cleaning agent. Feel free to add a refreshing scent to your cleaner with essential oils like lemongrass or lavender. You will save so much money and reduce your plastic use. Mos Eco-Store also offers Ocean Save, a concentrated plant-based multipurpose cleaning pods for easy use.

 

Biodegradable Sponges and Loofahs

Avoid synthetic dyes and chemicals by choosing natural, biodegradable sponges. These are perfect for reuse, then pop them in the washer when they get dirty. After your biodegradable sponge reaches the end of its lifetime, you can compost it. Its earth-friendly fibers made from wood pulp (plant cellulose) won’t sit in a landfill for years to come.

 

Reusable Coffee Filters and Pods

There’s no doubt that easy, instant coffee is an essential for our busy mornings. Something that is so rooted in our routine might not be so good for the environment. Billions of paper coffee filters are thrown out every year, and even worse… one-use plastic coffee pods are littering our beautiful earth. While giving up our morning cup of coffee is a long-shot, we can do our part by using reusable coffee filters instead of paper filters. Coffee grounds can then be composted or diluted in water for plant fertilization. Your garden and houseplants will LOVE the abundant nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus that coffee grounds provide. Giving back to the environment like this is a simple way to say “thank you” for all nature gives us, including our coffee!

 

Taking on a sustainable living journey is not a single step process, but every small green change will transform the way you feel and let the planet know you care. While you replace various plastic products and consumerist habits in your routine, take care to dispose of these plastics and harsh chemicals responsibly and safely. 

According to the Global Footprint Network, people across the world are consuming as if we had three planets to support us. To calculate how many planets are needed to support your lifestyle, click here: Ecological Footprint Calculator


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