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Climate change continues to be one of the biggest challenges society is facing. Although it seems daunting, every action (no matter how small) makes a difference. Whether it’s switching to public transit or shopping mindfully, we can all make a difference.
I’ve found that one of the easiest places to start is in the kitchen, by making simple and affordable swaps to existing products you know and love. While that doesn’t mean throwing away perfectly good items, it does mean making substitutions when a product comes to the end of its lifespan.
Switching from disposable to reusable products not only saves money in the long run, but also keeps hundreds of pounds of trash from our landfills every year. If you’re looking to make the switch, shop some of the easiest kitchen swaps below.
Made from biodegradable PEVA, each of these reusable sandwich bags replaces up to 300 of their plastic counterparts.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $15
Rather than using paper liners for muffins and cupcakes, replace them with silicone molds that can be reused, as well as cut down on the need for oil or butter to grease them.
SHOP IT: Ikea, $4
These food wraps, made with beeswax, are naturally antibacterial and help to keep food fresher for longer while replacing single-use items like cling film and aluminum foil.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $20
Many traditional sponges are made from plastic, taking hundreds of years to break down once thrown away. Sponges made from cellulose are fully biodegradable, and can often be composted.
SHOP IT: Well.ca, $6
Instead of reaching for paper towels to clean up messes, switch to cloth and cut down on the household waste.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $19
Whether you’re baking cookies or roasting vegetables, a silicone baking mat replaces parchment paper and offers a nonstick surface without excess oil.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $30