Living sustainability is built around making mindful purchases that are ensured to serve a long-term purpose in your life. Sustainable alternatives are likely to be more expensive than disposable products, but fear not, over time the product will reap its benefits through its outstanding quality and strength to withstand time. Making conscious decisions about the quality of the products you buy, will lend itself to smarter purchases that will essentially last forever, are healthier to use, and are sure to genuinely benefit your life! My favorite room to begin the process of replacing expendable products for worthwhile, is the kitchen!
Consider the material that the utensils you possess are made of; plastic, silicone, aluminium, teflon, etc. When using cookware that is made from any of these materials, you run the risk of having toxic chemicals leach out of the product and into your food and your body. There are potential side effects from using these materials including an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, organ dysfunction, and mental health conditions. It seems counterintuitive to be concerned about eating chemical free food, but not about using chemical free cookware. Avoid these health risks from synthetically made products and instead try to incorporate where you can ceramic, cast iron, stoneware, glass, and stainless steel for your cookware needs!
Below is a list of daily utensils and a sustainable option which can replace the disposable that you may currently be using. My suggestion for replacing your cookware is not to throw everything out and start from new, instead donate a few items that are old or broken, and replace those. Then, over time when you feel ready to replace more, either when they break or when they no longer serve the purpose you wish them to, then invest in a cleaner alternative to that product! You and those you cook for will benefit in the long run!
-Coffee & Tea
-French Press Coffee Machine
-A french press coffee machine eliminates the need for a filter, while delivering a great tasting cup of joe without any plastic involved.
-Chemex Coffee Maker
-Another waste free alternative to electric coffee makers. Use this chemex coffee maker in conjunction with reusable fabric filters to have a sustainable cup of bold coffee!
-Bamboo is a great material to cook with, not only does it not scratch your pots and pans, it doesn’t absorb any flavor, AND it can be biodegradable and compostable!
-Ceramic is an organic material that has a naturally non-stick surface, and has been safely used since ancient times.
-Search for local handmade options!
-Cast iron pans essentially last forever, and ensure delicious, and well cooked food! They require little cleaning, just rinse with water and towel dry after every use!
-Search on Ebay or visit a thrift store for used options
-Glass Mason Jars
-Store food, snacks, or bulk items in a mason jar with a fitted lid, or a cuppow lid to take food with you on the go!
-Stainless Steel Food Containers
-Take food with you wherever you go, without using plastic tupperware! These will be sure to last you years on end, due to their outstanding quality!
-Compostable Cleaning Brush
-Redecker sells replacements for their dish brushes, so when the brush is used, compost it or burn it and purchase a replacement head, keeping the old handle!