Sustainable kitchen products have come a long way since Tupperware redefined kitchen storage in the 1940s. Today’s reusable, environmentally friendly products are stylish, colorful and fun, at least based on some of the items we found at local retailers.
Photo by Jeremy & Lauren Pawlowski
Reusable produce bags $1.99/three bags
Market Street United
Bring your own produce bags and you won’t have to lick your fingers or struggle to open the usual thin plastic bags.
Euroscrubby multi-purpose cleaner $5
These 100-percent cotton cleaners are designed for use in the kitchen, bathrooms and even outdoors as a more sustainable replacement for traditional sponges. Protected by a non-plastic coating, the coarse texture thoroughly cleans surfaces with no need to add chemical cleaners or soaps. To clean and disinfect, simply place on the top rack of the dishwasher.
Ecologie Swedish sponge cloths $5.75
Weathered Elements, Canyon
Reusable, washable and compostable, one sponge cloth replaces the equivalent of four paper towel rolls. Disinfect on the top rack of the dishwasher.
Kei & Molly Textiles cotton dish cloth $15
Little Brown House
These adorable cloth napkins and towels are made in Albuquerque by a diverse collaboration of artisans, immigrants and refugees. A great way to limit your use of paper napkins or paper towels.
Krumbs Kitchen Essential silicone lunch container with utensil $15.99
Purpose + Passion Boutique
Colorful and perfect for meals on-the-go, these collapsible, microwave- and dishwasher-safe containers are ideal for hot and cold food. The eco-friendly silicone is BPA-free.
Mumi zip-up bags $20/three bags
The Secret Place
Tired of throwing out barely used plastic storage bags? Here’s your solution. These durable, reusable bags are BPA- and lead-free, with an airtight, double-lock closure. Wash them by hand to reuse.
GIR Get It Right Ultimate Reusable Straw $9.95
The Secret Place
Paper straws fall apart and metal straws taste like, well, metal. Enter the GIR straw. It’s foldable, odor-free and taste-free, and comes with its own carrying case and cleaning squeegee. The platinum-grade silicone is safe for your teeth. Wash these easily in the dishwasher.
Golden Rabbit enamelware bowls $40/set of three
Two Loons Warehouse
Equal parts functional and fun, this non-stick enamelware comes with BPA-free lids. The durable porcelain-on-steel design means it can withstand a hot oven or stay safe in the dishwasher. Cook, broil, bake, grill and cut in it—then pop on a lid and put it in the fridge.