8 Sustainable Kitchen & Laundry Swaps (7/29/2022)

Feb 10, 2023 Krista Lee

Your house has probably had cling wrap, plastic baggies, paper towels, and dryer sheets as staples growing up and even now. Yet a lot of the things we rely on have a very short lifecycle and end up in landfills or waterways. 

Here are 8 simple kitchen and laundry swaps to help you reduce your plastic and paper waste: 


1. Reusable Food Storage Wrap instead of Plastic Wrap

Bee's Wrap

  • Use the warmth of your hands to mold the wrap around produce, bread, cheese or Tupperware. 
  • Made with organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil, tree resin 
  • biodegradable and compostable 
  • Natural antibacterial properties helps keep food fresh.
  • Can be reused for a year with proper care. 
    • Wash with cool water and soap, hang dry 
    • Keep away from raw meat and heat.

Another Alternative: Flexible Silicone Covers, Good old fashion plate on a bowl technique.

Bee's Wrap 7-Piece Variety Pack – Humble Earth Co

Bee's Wrap


2. Reusable Paper Towels

On average U.S households consume 6.5 million tons of paper towels each year. And a lot of times those rolls are individually wrapped in plastic too.

Swedish Dishcloth

  • Wipe counters, wash dishes, clean glass, granite, stainless steel
  • Can absorb 20x its weight 
  • Dries quickly-eliminates risk of bacteria/odors, gentle
  • One can replace 15 rolls of paper towels 
  • Made from vegetable fibers, cotton and water based ink (compostable, biodegradable)
  • Can be used for about a year if taken care of
  • Wring excess water and air dry 
  • Disinfect in microwave or dip in boiling water w/tongs 

Swedish Dishcloths – Goldilocks Goods

Goldilocks Goods


3. Reusable Silicone Bags

  • Replace sandwich/ziplock baggies
  • Can store produce, food, snacks, candies, school supplies, kid’s lunches and more
  • Reusable and durable unlike thin plastic baggies 
  • Microwave, dishwasher, fridge, sous vide safe
  • Non-toxic
  • Stasher Brand is 1% For the Planet

Stasher Reusable Sandwich Bag | Williams Sonoma

William Sonoma


4. Cloth Coffee Filter

Organic Cotton/Linen/Hemp/Muslin Coffee Filters

  • Lasts 3-4 months instead of paper filters fast life cycle
  • Look for unbleached, un-dyed, organic
  • Easy to wash and care for 
  • Compostable 

The Organized Home


5. Plastic Free Dish Brushes & Dish Soap Block 

Natural Sponges, Wooden Cleaning Brushes, Coconut Scrubber, Coconut fiber Dish Brush

  • Vegan
  • Biodegradable
  • Naturally antibacterial
  • Non-toxic
  • Dishes, Pots and Pans
  • Ethically made

Dish Soap Block (Savon De Marseille) 

  • No chemical preservatives, dyes, synthetic fragrances or GMOs
  • Blend of natural vegetable oils (olive and coconut) 
  • Biodegradable 
  • Use for body, face and dishes
  • gentle, non-irritating, hypoallergenic 
  • Disinfects 

 June Home Supply


6. Cast Iron, Enameled Cast Iron, Stainless Steel Pots and Pans 

Non-stick/Teflon is popular and cheap but the Teflon later has harmful chemicals (PFAS) that get into your food and then into your body.

  • Look for cookware that is non-toxic and will last you decades
  • Stainless steel is durable, non-toxic 
  • Enameled Cast Iron is made non-stick from a ceramic layer rather than a plastic one (Eg. Ourplace)
  • Cast iron pans require more maintenance but are durable, non-toxic, heat tolerant, great for cooking



7. Wool Dryer Balls instead of Fabric Softer Sheets

100% Wool Dryer Balls

  • Dryer sheets usually made from polyester are thrown out with some particles ending up in waterways
  • Fabric softeners can contain harmful chemicals 
  • 100% Organic Wool Dryer Balls help prevent wrinkles, static, can reduce drying time, and are naturally scent free (good for those irritated/allergic by fragrances)
  • Some can dry your laundry up to 50% faster, saving you electricity and money
  • Can be uses up to a year or more unlike regular sheets that have more packaging and are consumed at a faster rate
  • You can put drops of your favorite essential oils if you want a scent


 Public Goods


8. Lint Brushes 

  • Plastic free (wood, natural rubber bristles, copper wire)
  • Removes lint, dust, hair from clothes, furniture
  • Cleaned by running under water and drying 




These were just a few sustainable kitchen and laundry swaps but research and check our your local shops or online to discover more alternative products!

Cover Image: Passport to Sustainability

Comments on this post (1)

  • Dawn McBeth

    Aug 08, 2022

    I follow all of your suggestions already. I wish everyone would.
    Thank you

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