4 Kitchen Items That Harm the Environment (and What to Use Instead)

by Michelle Guerrere
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Alyssa Rosenheck Photography, Design by Elsie Larson

Did you know that an estimated 80% of the water bottles Americans use each year are not recycled and end up polluting our environment? If so, you’ve likely switched over to a reusable water bottle for your daily hydration needs (we like Bkr, $50). But we seem to have forgotten all about the other plastic disposable home items we use every day in our kitchen.

Since only a handful of these items are properly recycled, they’re ending up in our natural bodies of water in addition to polluting the air during their manufacturing and production processes. Mindbodygreen believes now’s the time to switch over to more environmentally friendly, reusable home supplies. Read on to see the top four kitchen items that you should toss immediately because they're harming the environment.

Sandwich bags: American families use an estimated 540 plastic sandwich bags a year, most of which end up not being recycled. Instead, invest in reusable glass Tupperware or containers that you can use again and again. 

Plastic cling wrap: There's no need for a roll of plastic wrap if you have proper reusable containers on hand (see above).

Disposable utensils: Go into your Seamless settings and click on the "no utensils" option. Next, vow to only use metal forks, spoons, and knives—they're way better than the flimsy plastic version anyway.

Plastic straws: If you don't want to drink out of the glass, opt for paper straws, which are much better for the environment and now come in pretty prints and cool designs. 

Are you surprised by any of the kitchen items in the list above? Be sure to tell us in the comments.

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