Eco-friendly kitchen products that make your home more sustainable

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Whether you love to cook or just do it for sustenance, chances are you’ve been spending more time in the kitchen in recent years. It’s also forced many of us to become even more aware of the amount of waste we produce on a daily basis – and to think about the impact that ends up having on the planet. and our wallets. If this is you, you might be wondering “how can I make my kitchen more sustainable?” Well, to help you get started, we reached out to Camilla Marcus, sustainability advocate and owner of west~bourne, who shared some great tips and revealed some of her favorite eco-friendly kitchen products.

Marcus started west~bourne (a sustainable NYC boutique and restaurant business) with a mission to show others how plant-based, waste-free eating can be delicious and easy, and that small changes can go a long way. “I’m a big fan of buying local and seasonal at your farmers market and planning your meals ahead of time so you only buy the ingredients you need,” she says. However, leftovers are sometimes unavoidable, which is why Marcus encourages people to find other ways to reuse them, whether that’s getting creative with pickling and preserving projects or freezing them for later use.

In addition to making your food last, Marcus believes eco-friendly tools are also an essential part of maintaining a zero-waste cooking space. From accessories made from recycled materials to reusable food storage containers to reduce your plastic use, take note of his recommendations below.

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Eco-friendly cleaning tools

“First thing is first: parting with the paper towels,” says Marcus. “Once you switch to fabric, you really won’t remember why you resisted in the first place.” Her favorites are Rikumo’s linen towels, which she uses with non-toxic cleaning solutions from brands like Blueland and Koala Eco. “Koala Eco bottles are made from 100% recycled and recyclable materials. I love their kitchen cleaner and vegetable wash.

Kitchen utensils and serving accessories

When it comes to the tools you use for cooking, the most important consideration is to invest in something that is high quality and will last a lifetime. “My kitchen staples are a simple mandolin, a sharp chef’s knife, a baking sheet, a handful of wooden spoons, a rolling pin, and a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet,” says Marcus. “I use my Great Jones Dutchess constantly, with a Vitamix and a stand mixer on loop.” As for sustainable kitchen accessories, Marcus swears by his recycled plastic cutting board from Material Kitchen, the collection of recycled glassware from Hawkins New York and kitchen linens from Atelier Saucier to eliminate paper towels.

Food storage and composting tools

To extend the shelf life of food, Marcus advises making sure you store it properly. “I like to store produce in organic cotton mesh bags to keep it fresh, and put dairy in the back of the fridge where it stays coldest,” she says. Other products she uses to keep her food fresh are storage bags, repurposed West~bourne glass jars and ECOlunchbox lunch boxes, which are 100% plastic-free and reduce waste. Another tip she suggests is to keep bananas and avocados apart from the rest of your produce, as they speed up the ripening of everything around them. If you didn’t know, now you know.

Marcus also believes in “reorganizing” leftovers by creating a whole new dish with them. “I always save leftover vegetables (garlic peels, carrot peels) to use later when making broth,” she says. Another solution to avoid food waste is composting, which turns your leftover food into soil to use in your backyard or community garden. “Start small with a compost bin that you can keep in your kitchen to collect leftover produce, eggshells, and other biodegradable materials,” she suggests. “I love the Bamboozle Home Composter because the filtered lid helps absorb odors caused by off-gassing. It also has a bamboo handle for hassle-free transport.

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