There are lots of expendables in the kitchen that lead to waste and expense. And it doesn't have to be so! Here's a rundown of kitchen throw-aways that are easily replaced by reusable counterparts.
The initial expense of most of these items is higher than that of disposables (though not always!), but you'll save in the end while doing a little to save the environment, too!
9 Kitchen Disposables That Can Be Replaced
- Napkins: Use cloth instead. Here are several recommended by our readers and here is a roundup in linen.
- Paper towels: Use paperless towels or these Bambooee towels we reviewed.
- Tea bags: Use muslin cloth.
- Coffee filters: Use unbleached cotton muslin.
- Dish scrubbers: Make eco tawashi, which allow you to scrub dishes clean without soap, or buy them here.
- Plastic wrap: Abeego is a beeswax-impregnated fabric that's a reusable alternative to plastic wrap.
- Sandwich/snack bags: See our roundup of reusable options.
- Produce bags: Use a product like Flip & Tumble mesh bags.
- Bowl covers: See Apartment Therapy's DIY using oilcloth.
Any other suggestions?