Published on April 26, 2015 — Leave a comment
Chic Reusable Items for Your Kitchen
We certainly get the temptation to skip out on filling your life with reusable items—after all, it’s much easier to throw away an empty water bottle or messy plastic bag than to rewash and reuse it. But in terms of small impacts that make a big difference, it doesn’t get much bigger than cutting throwaway plastic out of your life. So we’ve rounded up some reusable products that are way more good-looking and high-functioning than their wasteful alternatives. You’ll want to use them again and again.
Water, water everywhere: Single-use water bottles are big business (the average American goes through 167 per year), but they’re also bad for the environment: making them chews through 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. There are plenty of stylish alternatives to a standard Nalgene: the gorgeous glass-and-silicone Bkr comes in a variety of colors is a favorite of celebrities, while the Eau Good not only looks great, but has a built-in Japanese charcoal filter. For kids, Eco Vessel‘s fun bottles come in fun pirate, spaceship, and owl designs, and are stainless-steel (which means they’ll stand up to abuse).
Lunch bunch: The kids in your life likely already have favorite lunch boxes, but being an adult doesn’t mean you have to give up on toting one of your own. Try packing different dishes in a sleek Japanese bento box, or tossing your leftovers into a fun to-go container. You can also avoid waste by packing kids’ sandwiches and snacks in a reusable, dishwasher-safe Lunchskins bag, which comes in fun colors and patterns. For yourself, snag a canning-jar adaptor to turn any Mason jar into a chic to-go salad, complete with its own special dressing compartment.
Totes cool: If you haven’t already invested in reusable tote bags, they’re a great way to haul things around and cut down on waste. (As long as you remember to take them with you—here are 10 ideas that help with that.) The roomy Mercado bag was designed specifically for keeping fruits and vegetables safe on the way home from the grocery or farmers’ market, while the tiny ChicoBag folds down into a small enough pouch to fit on your keychain. You can even use Zazzle to design your own reusable bag with family photos or kids’ artwork.
Other waste busters: If you’ve been going through enough plastic wrap to boost Glad’s stock price, consider switching to Bee’s Wrap, a reusable alternative made from beeswax-infused muslin. They’re great for covering bowls, and have natural antibacterial properties. And if your kids can’t resist using straws in everything, consider investing in some reusable metal ones that are just as bendy as the original.
What reusable item is your go-to favorite? Let us know in the comments.