Sustainable kitchen products are trending, and there’s a good reason why. In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency found that nearly 30% of all generated packaging used to wrap or protect goods, like food and beverages, end up in landfills. That’s over 77 million tons of packaging! By finding products that promote reusability or sustainability, you can help reduce the amount of harmful packaging materials that end up in landfills. Here are five of our favorite sustainable kitchen products to get you started.
Glass Food Storage Containers
Glass food storage containers, like mason jars and Pyrex dishes, offer many benefits over plastic Tupperware. Not only does food look better when served in a glass container, but it is also easier to clean, as its non-porous surface won’t absorb germs or food stains. Glass is also eco-friendly, as nearly 80% of all recycled glass materials can be reclaimed. You can use your glass containers for years, minimizing your home’s throw-away waste.
Reusable Snack/Sandwich Bags
Plastic sandwich bags are a school lunch staple, but all those baggies eventually end up in a landfill. Instead, consider adding reusable snack and sandwich bags to your arsenal of sustainable kitchen products. These reusable bags are made from food-safe cotton and fabric, so your child’s lunch will touch safe, natural materials rather than chemically produced plastic. They also won’t add additional non-biodegradable materials to already clogged landfills.
Reusable Produce Bags
If you’re interested in how to be sustainable in the kitchen, you should also consider how you shop. Do you pull a plastic bag off a roll when you need to purchase fruits and vegetables from your local supermarket? If so, reusable produce bags are one of your must-have sustainable kitchen products. Carry them in your reusable grocery bags on your next run to the store, and you’ll further benefit the environment.
Parchment paper is a cooking staple in many households, but it is also a sustainable kitchen material. Parchment paper allows for eco-friendly cooking, serving as a great alternative to aluminum foil. In addition to these environmental benefits, the parchment cooking bags from Ready. Chef. Go! offer even and consistent cooking while preventing stuck-on food.
Cooking Bags as Eco-Friendly Kitchenware
Cooking bags are one of the newest ways to minimize your environmental impact, and they also make your life easier at home. The RCG! cooking bags are designed to be compostable and BPA-free, working to ensure that your body and the environment aren’t affected by chemicals found in cooking materials and tools. The Ready. Chef. Go! cooking bags are recyclable, although it is not currently recommended due to the potential for food waste to contaminate the recycling chain. Our parchment paper cooking bags, especially the Artisan Brown Parchment Paper Bag (standard and family size), are the best choice for an environmentally friendly way to make a family meal.
The cooking bags at Ready. Chef. Go! are revolutionizing the way that families cook at home. We also support grocers and distributors with our cooking bag program, and our commitment to sustainability will attract a new niche of customers. Contact us today to learn more about RCG! cooking bags and where you can find them pre-packaged in stores.