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Plastic Free

Kitchen

We have discussed food storage and grocery shopping in prior posts.  There are a few other items that have not been covered yet to making your kitchen plastic free.

 

DISHES

Dish washing detergent

If washing by hand or in the dish washer, you can make your dish cleaning routine plastic free as well.

 

Use refillable dish soap

Bring your mason jar or refillable container to Generation Green or Bulk Barn. 

Sapadilla’s dish soap smells fantastic and it is safe for the environment (this is the brand of refillable liquid soap Generation Green carries).

 

Use dish wash detergent that comes in a box or non-plastic container. 

  • The Unscented Company – a Canadian company that carries dishwasher tabs in an omni-degradable package.

  • Eco-Pioneer or Simply Clean Pure– let’s go back to the basics washing soda in a paper bag, both are Canadian companies

  • Ecover – environmentally friendly dishwasher powder in a paper box

  • Seventh Generation - environmentally friendly dishwasher powder in a paper box

 

DIY dishwasher detergent

Recipe by DIY Natural 

  • 1 cup borax

  • 1 cup washing soda

  • ½ cup citric acid

  • ½ cup kosher salt

 

Ditch the sponges and plastic brushes.

  • Switch to cellulose sponges that you can compost.

  • Make your own dishcloths using natural fiber.

  • Use a loofah sponge.

  • Switch to natural brushes, such as bamboo

 

Skip the dish gloves and use your hands.

  • or Rubber Glove. If You Care carries 100% natural rubber gloves in a cardboard box.

 

PANS

Forget the non-stick pans

Avoid Teflon! Did you know Teflon is associated with “smaller birth weight and size in newborn babies, elevated cholesterol, abnormal thyroid hormone levels, liver inflammation, and weaker immune defense against disease.”(Environmental Working Group). Yikes!

 

Go plastic free with cooking ware:

  • Tempered glass

  • Aluminum sheet pans

  • Stainless steel

  • Cast Iron

 

COOKING UTENSILS and KITCHEN BOWLS/STRAINERS

 Ditch the plastic and go metal or bamboo