Get Sharon’s eco-friendly, expert gift guide for the kitchen, which includes a kitchen equipment shopping guide for 20 kitchen items that will lighten everyone’s environmental footprint on the planet. Perfect for gift giving to your friends, family and yourself!
Protecting our planet is on everyone’s mind, yet it can seem overwhelming when we look at the big picture issues of climate change, pollution, and sustainability. We all want to help, but how can just one person make an impact? You might be surprised to know that each of us can create positive change without leaving our homes – especially in the kitchen. in my blog, Green your kitchen practices for a healthier planet, I’m invoking the huge impact we all have with every meal we prepare, from the foods we buy and how we store and prepare them, to the way we clean them up after each meal and pack them for lunch the next day. Simple keys like throwing away disposables for reusable bags, storage containers, and even straws may seem small, but each one helps reduce your environmental footprint. You can give the gift of sustainability too with eco-friendly kitchen gifts. Check out 20 of my favorite eco-friendly kitchen essentials that are perfect for gift giving. You are just one click away from a greener kitchen and a healthier planet!
An eco-friendly gift guide for the kitchen
These reusable sandwich bags are perfect for when you’re on the go – at travel, at school, at work, anywhere! This snack bag is specially designed to safely keep your goodies fresh. Unlike disposable paper or plastic, this bag can be washed and reused over and over again, which is great for the environment and your wallet. Don’t send pounds of plastic to a landfill! Eco-friendly, reusable, food safe, easy to clean, and multipurpose—these bags tick all the boxes.
price: 5-pack for $19.99*
Designed by Sharon herself, this bag is perfect for taking to the farmer’s market, grocery store, work, school, and even on a picnic. This adorable tote bag was designed with the earth in mind – made of 100% organic cotton in natural colors with “I AM Plant-Powered” writing in green. It folds small enough to slip into a purse or pocket and is washable so you’ll use it again and again, keeping plastic bags out of landfills.
price: One bag for $15
This cutlery set is perfect for picnics, travel, hiking, camping, backyard fun, or in the break room at work. The set includes a fork, knife, spoon, chopsticks, bamboo straw, charcoal toothbrush, and water bottle holder – all in a portable case. I love that this set is made from natural, sustainable bamboo, and helps prevent the use of disposable plastic cutlery. Fun fact: Did you know that bamboo has a higher tensile strength than steel?!
price7-piece set: $9.89*
Imagine enjoying your favorite beverage with the sleek and sophisticated style of a metal straw with a respectful nod to the environment. These stainless steel straws save money by eliminating the use of plastic straws, which reduces plastic pollution and helps protect our beloved planet. This set comes with 12 straws and 2 cleaning brushes in a box. Smooth and easy to clean, these lollipops are ideal for travel.
price: 12-Piece Set with Bag $8.99*
If you compost (which you should be!), the convenience of a kitchen compost bin can come in handy. And when it’s this cute, you’ll love seeing it on your countertop! Perfect for meal prepping and cleanup, toss leftovers in the container, replace the lid, and forget about it until it’s full. Then take it outside to your compost pile or bin, give it a quick cleanup, and start again. Doing your part to reduce landfill waste and reduce the need for chemical fertilizers just got easier.
price: 1.3 gallon container for $39.99*
Plastic food wrap is one of the most common types of plastic waste found in the environment and landfills, so reducing plastic wrap in your kitchen is a great way to reduce it. These reusable, non-plastic food wraps are 100% garden-compostable, cruelty-free, and washable so they can be used over and over again. All you need is the warmth of your hands to enable these wraps to coat foods.
priceVariety Pack: $18.99*
Say goodbye to paper coffee filters! Switch to our eco-friendly, zero-waste, reusable cone drip coffee filter, and not only will you continue to enjoy your favorite handcrafted brew, but you’ll also reduce your environmental footprint. This stainless steel portafilter holder has a universal fit for most coffee makers as well.
price: 1 filter for $19.89*
What I love about Hydro Flask water bottles is that not only are they sustainable mineral water bottles, they also come in fun colors and different sizes, and they’re lightweight and insulated, so you can carry them anywhere to enjoy your favorite taste. or a cold drink. In addition, it is durable and can be accompanied on hiking, camping, traveling and more. Why would anyone want to rely on single-use plastic bottles when Americans do so at a rate of 70 million each day! Be wise with the planets by choosing what can be reused.
price: 20-ounce bottle for $27.97*
Get energy efficient and take advantage of your Instant Pot. The Instant Pot can save up to 70 percent of the electricity used by ovens, steamers and stoves, which means less harmful greenhouse gas emissions released into the environment. This single product can replace up to 10 common kitchen appliances, including a sterilizer, warmer, and rice cooker to name a few. Convenient, versatile, and quick, there’s everything to love about this great way to cook.
price: 6-Quart Instant Pot, $139.99*
No kitchen should be without a slow cooker. It’s energy efficient, easy to use, and produces meals that taste just as delicious all day long. The ceramic accessory is a ready-to-serve or travel bowl for meals at home or to enjoy at a banquet or picnic, so there’s no need to throw single-use plastic or aluminum containers into a landfill – no waste win! This is my favorite slow cooker, and one that I turn to regularly to produce energy-efficient meals.
price: 6.5-quart slow cooker for $279.95*
Did you know that Americans use 100 billion plastic bags annually? Additionally, only 1% of plastic bags are returned for recycling, which means the rest ends up in landfills or garbage. By using reusable produce bags, like these 100% Organic Cotton Mesh Bags for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, we can help reduce these high numbers. I always carry these with me to the farmer’s market and say “no” to plastic bags. Then I toss them in my laundry with my other linens for my weekly wash.
price: 9 bags at $21.99*
Just like the Hydro Flask (#8), Yeti Stainless Steel Insulated Tumblers come in many different colors and sizes and are perfect for sipping at home or on the go, keeping your cold drinks cold and hot hot. Say no to disposable coffee shop cups and have them pour your drink into the Yeti! These mugs also have a lid, so they’re great for the car. No need to waste time and energy reheating hot tea or adding ice to a cold brew – this mug does the trick. You can even use it to whip along hot soups and chili for portable meals.
price: 10-ounce cup for $34.99*
Stainless steel is the way lunch boxes are these days. This eco-friendly alternative to non-recyclable plastic lunch boxes and bags, which are eventually thrown in the trash, is made with long-lasting, high-quality stainless steel to keep food fresh and last for generations. Perfect for work, school, or travel, it’s also leak-proof and dishwasher safe.
price: 50 oz for $31.95*
Average household paper towel consumption 80 rolls per person per year = lots of waste and dead trees. End your contribution by swapping paper towels for durable, reusable organic kitchen towels. They are versatile and ideal for cleaning up spills, wiping up, drying and cleaning kitchen utensils, and they can even be used as wipes. In addition, she is also very cute!
price: 10-pack for $18.95
Be environmentally friendly by using natural, reusable and cost-effective bamboo dish cleaning cloths, which can reduce the use of paper towels in your kitchen. Made from natural, sustainable bamboo, this product supports crops that are good for the planet. These towels are soft to the touch, yet strong and durable when you need it most. The natural properties of bamboo in these dish towels enhance absorbency to wash dishes efficiently and dry them quickly.
price: 12-pack for $14.24*
16. Glass food storage containers
Recipe for the perfect eco-friendly food storage containers: absolutely no plastic, turns leftovers into lunch, virtually unbreakable, reusable, and long-lasting. I love this set because it is made of eco-friendly bamboo lids. These are great for meal prepping too!
price4-piece set: $38.97*
17. soda stream
This is a great way to help reduce plastic and waste in your home. While I don’t recommend using SodaStream for making sugary drinks, I do recommend it for making flowing water that replaces hauling sparkling water bottles around the world! One reusable SodaStream bottle can save up to 3,000 disposable bottles in the home each year. It’s also energy efficient – a win for the planet.
price: bundle with two 60-liter bottles at $279.99*
Sponges take hundreds of years to decompose. It’s time to say goodbye to you! Biodegradable and eco-friendly (this won’t clog a landfill!), this dish scrubber set is plastic-free, and made from sustainable and renewable bamboo. The set also comes with two stainless steel straws and a cleaning brush for them. This set is great for cleaning pots, pans, bottles, fruits and vegetables.
priceSet of 4: $24.98*
These 16 ounce jars are one of The Earth friendly original products. Generations have used these all-purpose glass gems over and over again to preserve sauces, sauces, syrups, fruits, vegetables, or whatever you can think of. Freezer-safe, BPA-free, and recyclable, they also make smart drink cups, vases, and dried bean holders—there’s no limit to what they can do. Use them to replace plastic and disposables in food storage, food transportation, and beyond.
price: 18 16-ounce jars for $34.99*
Misto is a reusable round bottle and oil sprayer that gives you the health benefits and convenience of a typical aerosol sprayer, but in a more economical and environmental way – it’s refillable, so no more throwing cans that end up in landfills. Simply fill Misto with your favorite oils, vinegars, wines, or lemon/lime juice, and season salads, baking, or use while cooking.
price: 1 spray for $11.00*
*Prices and availability are subject to change, based on vendor changes.
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