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    21 Reusable Kitchen Products For A More Eco-Friendly Home

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    1. A pack of 100% natural cellulose Swedish dishcloths to use instead of the notoriously germ-ridden sponge and extremely wasteful paper towel.

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    Promising review: "These are awesome and I don’t know why I didn’t learn to use these in the kitchen and bathroom ages ago. They wipe down countertops, sinks, and everything, leaving hardly any water behind and pick up even the smallest of debris, lint etc. These are great quality and just as good as the Wet-It Branch." —Shopper56

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (for three; available in 12 designs).

    2. A sleek compost bin with an adjustable air vent you can mount on your cabinet door if you prefer to keep it out of sight. (Though it's far from an eyesore!)

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    Promising review: "I never knew how awful my metal compost bin was until I got this beauty! Easy to open with one hand, the bag stays in place, and it's lightweight. Everything that's wrong with the traditional countertop compost bin, this bin solves. Life-changing." —Emma

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    3. A waxed canvas lunch box to trade in your reputation around the office as the serial takeout–getter for the trendy lunch–toter.

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    Promising review: "Purchased this bag as a gift and my husband loves it. It's spacious enough to hold a few lunch containers of various sizes. The waxed canvas keeps its rolled shape, so don't worry that it doesn't have a traditional handle! I plan on getting one for myself as well." —MGJ

    Get it from Amazon for $23 (available in blue, brown, and grey).

    4. A 10-cup water filter with a bamboo handle for a chic way to avoid mass consumption of plastic water bottles.

    World Market

    Promising review: "This is the best water filter I have ever had, it is so easy to use." —Alyssa

    Get it from World Market for $19.98.

    5. A set of natural-cork coasters to go sustainable and "coffee-ring"-free.

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    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (for 10).

    6. A set of washable mesh bags that'll hold your produce while you grab your weekly groceries.

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    Promising review: "We have had these bags for almost three years at this point (bought in 2010). We use them when we go food shopping for all sorts of produce, as well as nuts and other items from the bulk aisle. They are great for farmers market trips, too. We use them to transport from store/market to home and then for carrying nuts around during the day for snacking. They have been proven as very durable. There are no holes or rips in any of the bags." —MariaSmiles

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (for a set of five).

    7. Bee's Wrap, for a smart and sustainable way to store your leftovers.

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    Promising review: "Wow, I love this!! All you have to do is wrap it over what you want to cover and press your hands around it a little and it sticks. It smells amazing and is easy to wash, reshape, and reuse." —Grace Marie Norberg

    Get it from Amazon for $18 (for a set of three).

    8. A pack of long-lasting and biodegradable plant-based sponges without added colors and chemicals.

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    Promising review: "These are really great sponges. It really bugs me when people complain that environmentally friendly products aren't as effective as their 'conventional' counterparts. Does this sponge last as long as a Scotch-Brite regular sponge? No. But it does almost as good a job, and is very cheap for how long it lasts." —Buyer

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99 (for a six-pack).

    9. A set of silicone cups to prepare your muffins and cupcakes in instead of resorting to the wasteful single-use options that get dumped in the bin immediately after use.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love these things. Can't believe I waited so long to try them. They don't come clean in my dishwasher for some reason, but hand-washing is probably better for them anyway. The jumbo size in particular is my favorite, but I have used them all. The others are about the same size as the disposable liners and the little rectangular ones are perfect for brownies and cute little banana bread muffins. May get a second set so I will have enough to do a full batch of cupcakes in one type." —Teresa A.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (for 36).

    10. A set of portable straws made of platinum-grade silicone (arguably superior to glass, stainless steel, or bamboo alternatives) so you can convert your whole family to an eco-friendly lifestyle.

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    Includes: 10 straws, four travel cases, and four clean-up squeegees. (Oh, and everything is completely dishwasher-safe!)

    Get it from Food52 for $25.

    11. Or: a set of durable glass straws, because we are *very aware* of how divisive straw materials can be.

    Amazon

    Includes two cleaning brushes.

    Promising review: "I have made it a point this year to be more environmentally conscious. Straw waste frequently makes its way to the ocean and harms sea animals. It's been great to see many restaurants go straw-less unless requested and I wanted to make sure I was doing the same at home. These are nice wide-mouth straws and great for smoothies and subbing in my cold iced coffees in place of the standard famous green straw. Very easy to clean with the brushes. Definitely recommend." —krs5201

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (for an eight-pack).

    12. A set of reusable coffee lids to pop on just about any sized cup when you're racing out of the house.

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    Promising review: "I love how many of my cups these lids fit and the fact that liquid doesn't slosh out, which has saved many spills at my house and at my aging parents' house. The brown goes with many of my mugs and fits both standard Starbucks cups, my tall ceramic Starbucks ceramic mug, and even the cheap Styrofoam cups used at my work. I may buy the next size up for some of my larger mugs. Very pleased with this product!" —Dylan

    Get a four pack from Amazon for $7.29.

    13. And a BPA-free bamboo bento box that's both microwave- and dishwasher-friendly.

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    Promising review: "This bento box is perfect for what I need. Instead of bringing several containers to work each day, I just bring this. It's great that I can have a hot meal for future heating in one section and cold food items in the other. Each section is sealed airtight — no leaking. They heat up in the microwave easily. The little air vent helps with reheating. They clean up super easy with soapy water. Well made. Fairly stylish. Great product." —Chuck Guli

    Get it from Amazon for $20.88+ (available in three colorways).

    14. A recycled bamboo colander set, so I won't be colan the cops on you for using a plastic one.

    Food52

    Get it from Food52 for $30+ (available in two sizes and five colors).

    15. A no-plastic pour-over brewing set to skip the one-and-done cups at your local coffee shop every morning.

    Amazon

    Includes: Stagg pour-over dripper with ratio aid, 10 oz tasting glass, and 20 paper filters.

    Promising review: "Best cup of coffee I've had. I have a collection of pour overs, French press, Vietnamese drip... this one combines all three for a great tasting cup. Not super filtered like a Chemex, but not too oily like with a french press. Highly recommend!" —N.J. Terry

    Get it from Amazon for $69.

    16. A delightful tea infuser mug made with biodegradable wheat straw and recyclable borosilicate glass to avoid tea leaves (it comes with detachable tea filters) and unnecessary waste.

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    Promising review: "I purchased this to use with my loose leaf teas from Adagio and it is perfect! I just pop my tea in the little fish part and pour my hot water into the mug and let it steep. It’s really fun to watch the tea color slowly spread throughout the water in the cup and everyone who has seen it loves to watch it too! The fish has plenty of room for the teaspoon of tea leaves that I use. It’s relatively easy to empty (I dump the leave so into a cup to go into the composter) and comes out spotless after a trip through the dishwasher. The mug is a nice size and the handle stays nice and cool even when the mug is filled with boiling water. The lid is adorable and keeps the tea piping hot until brewing is complete and I’m ready to drink it." —Beth

    Get it from Amazon for $12.89.

    17. A BPA-free silicone "food hugger" that'll extend the shelf life of on everything from fruits and veggies to hard goods (they can be used to reseal jars).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are wonderful little covers for so many things. There are plenty of gadgety things in my kitchen that I barely use, but these I could use another set of. I find it really satisfying to snug these onto cut lemons and peppers and zucchini — no bulky containers in my fridge or plastic wrap to throw away. And my half-vegetables look so adorable with their colorful huggers. Just love these!" —Melissa Goldman

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97+ (for four; available in three colorways).

    18. A reusable silicone bag with — say it with me — so many uses. It can steam vegetables! Or be used to freeze your fruit! Or just...act as your new to-go lunch container.

    Amazon

    Plus, they're dishwasher- and microwave-safe!

    Promising review: "Well, these are amazing. I didn't expect them to be. I'm trying to replace disposable items in my home with more sustainable/eco-responsible items. I ordered these just to try. I did not expect to love them as much as I do. They are thick and sturdy. The top is easy to close, and it stays closed. Cleaning is a breeze because the opening is big enough to get your scrubber in there and really get it clean. A+++" —Grasshopper

    Get one from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five sizes and in 12 colors).

    19. A set of collapsable BPA-free food storage containers to take your leftovers back in and store in your fridge.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are the best! Such a great space saver and perfect for so many smaller portions I need to save. They even work as your own to-go cartons so your leftovers will be fresh when you get home. This is my third set. I am replacing all storage dishes in my cupboard. Looking for larger sizes next." —Ann M.

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

    20. A reusable K-cup that actually won't kill your Keurig buzz thinking about what a bummer for the environment K-Cups can be.

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    Promising review: "These reusable K-Cups work perfectly. They pop right into the machine, and the mesh is super fine so as long as you don't have any spilled on the lid, you won't get grounds in your coffee. My main concern was that the coffee would be weaker, but that's not the case at all. I think it tastes better" —Avinash Sarin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    21. And bamboo cutlery set that'll come with a metal straw and cleaning brush (the whole sustainable fam!).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the perfect eco-friendly set. The separate pouches make for clean and cute storage. Which makes this ideal for picnic lunches at the park or camping trips! I’ve used straws like these before and love them. They are easy to clean with the straw brushes provided. Please note these work great for your typical 8-12 oz cups." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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