Essential Zero Waste Kitchen Items for Everyday Use

essential zero waste kitchen items

Who doesn’t want a zero garbage kitchen? This is a rhetorical question, of course. But what I’ve noticed is that most people seem to be intimidated by the phrase ‘zero waste.’ First of all, zero waste doesn’t mean absolutely zero waste. That’s literally not possible, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Secondly, every bit of effort counts; reducing your kitchen waste by even 5% is preferable to doing nothing. (Having said that, though, the ideal situation would be if everyone worked their way towards a 80-90% zero waste kitchen.)

And, finally, would it help if you could start off with a simple list of essential zero waste items for everyday use? Here’s a guide to the kind of things you could use for everyday purposes instead of single-use or disposable plastic or even paper. The aim is to minimize throwing things away, replacing plastic in the kitchen, and to make sure the waste you create is increasingly organic stuff that you can readily compost in your kitchen. 

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One last thing: Please don’t buy just for the sake of buying. Always keep the impact on the environment foremost in your mind, and try to make wise decisions regarding what you purchase. If you have reusable items in your kitchen already, then you’re doing great – and this list can be saved for use later on. But if you’re using a lot of plastic, you may want to swap out with the options below – at your own time and pace.

Here are some essential zero waste kitchen items that can get you started on your Zero Waste journey! 

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1. Mason Jars for Storage

Chic and eco-friendly, these multi-purpose mason jars are every kitchen’s highlight.

essential zero waste kitchen items - mason jars

 

2. WECK Jars 

These glass jars are very versatile – you can use them for storing food, baking, canning, and more. And the thick glass isn’t just utilitarian, it’s good looking, too!

essential zero waste kitchen items - week jars

 

3. Stoneware Kitchen Canisters

Ah, so pretty! Heavy, solid containers to store your perennial items:

essential zero waste kitchen items - kitchen canisters

This canister set is gorgeous, too!:

zero waste kitchen - canister

 

4. Stainless Steel Lunch Box 

This is the perfect alternative to plastic takeaway containers. It’s a leak proof stainless steel lunch container, for when you pack food for the office. You can also bring this along the next time you head out for a meal. So when you need to pack your food, or doggy-bag something after a meal at a restaurant, you can use this!

zero waste kitchen - stainless steel lunch box

5. Eco-friendly Non Toxic Bamboo Utensil Set

If you’re looking for safe utensils, you can’t do better than these non toxic bamboo cooking utensils. Healthy, elegant and long-lasting, they’re the perfect alternative to plastic ladles and spoons. 

zero waste kitchen essentials - bamboo utensils

 

Or, this elegant set, with a holder included:

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6. Coffee & Tea Storage Jars

Keep your coffee beans and grounds and your tea leaves dry, while also shunning the plastic, with these beautiful storage jars. (Remember to buy in bulk as much as possible).

zero waste kitchen essentials - storage jars

 

7. Water Bottle

Please stop buying disposable plastic water bottles. And please do not reuse plastic water bottles. Get something like this insulated water bottle, and forget about the chemicals and waste associated with plastic. It’s such an easy step to take.

essential zero waste kitchen items - water bottle

 

8. Travel Coffee Mug

After plastic water bottles, the thing we buy most frequently is disposable coffee cups. Get a travel coffee mug like this one and stop buying single-use coffee cups at the coffeeshops. Also learn how to brew zero waste coffee.

essential zero waste kitchen items - coffee mug



9.  Cotton Produce Bags

How to reduce the use of plastic bags? By using awesome cloth, of course! These unbleached cotton drawstring pouches will let your produce breathe and therefore keep them fresh for longer.

essential zero waste kitchen items - cotton produce bags

 

10. Mesh Grocery Bag 

These mesh bags are perfect for carrying your groceries without the need for plastic!

mesh bag for groceries

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11. Anti-Microbial Kitchen Towels

Not only will these super absorbent towels soak up spills faster than paper, they are way better for the environment.

antimicrobial kitchen towels

12. Washable Cotton Bread Bag

This bread bag is made of durable canvas! Zero waste FTW!

washable cotton bread bag

 

13. 100% Unbleached Cotton Cheesecloth

You can use this cotton cheesecloth for several purposes, including making cheese or yoghurt (vegan or not!), and even for coffee filtration. It’s reusable, lint-free, and food-grade.

cheesecloth
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14. Natural Fiber Pot Brush

These brushes are ready for some heavy duty kitchen cleaning. This natural fiber dish scrubber can be used for other types of scrubbing as well. Plus, it’s heat resistant and handcrafted!

 

15. Compost Bin

Oh my, this ceramic countertop compost bin is just so pretty! There are other, more important, reasons to get it, of course. But its looks don’t hurt.

zero waste kitchen - ceramic compost bin

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I hope this post has helped if you’ve been wondering how to reduce plastic in the kitchen. I’ll cover some of the top eco friendly kitchen brands in a follow-up post, so keep an eye out for that.

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