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    17 Products To Help Make Your Kitchen A More Eco-Friendly Place

    Being kinder to the planet can be surprisingly simple.

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    1. Always using (and then chucking away) a lot of kitchen roll? These reusable bamboo kitchen towels are an easy and clever swap to make – you can get 1700 uses out of a roll of this.

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    Each individual towel can be reused up up to 85 times, and they're really durable and absorbent too. Once they get mucky you just wash them (reviewers say they hold up well in the washing machine) and you're good to go!

    Price: £8.01 for one roll

    2. Cut down on single-use plastic by trying these reusable mesh produce bags for your fruits and vegetables next time you go to the supermarket.

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    Lots of shops still provide those little plastic bags for your fresh produce which are, tbh, not great for the environment. But these washable, BPA-free bags aren't just useful for shopping, they're handy for popping your vegetables and fruits in the fridge, as the mesh material allows them to breathe while keeping them away from the other food. You can also wash your produce in these and then let them air dry – all in all a great multipurpose find!

    Price: £9.99 for 12 bags (three large, six medium, and three small)

    3. Anyone who loves having a sparkling kitchen knows how quickly sponges can fall apart, which is why these durable, antibacterial bamboo sponges are such a good idea.

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    These are stain and oil resistant, plus bamboo fibre is naturally antibacterial which is an extra bonus. These are made to last, and can be put in the washing machine whenever they're getting a bit gross. Reviewers particularly like that these can thoroughly clean dishes and surfaces without scratching them.

    Price: £5.99 for two

    4. Some drinks just taste better with a straw, and these silicone ones can be used again and again (and can be trimmed to size!)

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    These food-grade silicone straws contain no BPA and are safe to put in the dishwasher, though they also come with two cleaning brushes if you want to do it by hand. Because they're soft and flexible they're really useful for those who can't use glass or steel straws as easily, like children or the elderly. In fact, reviewers who are parents particularly recommend these, saying their children love them!

    Price: £11.91 for six straws and two cleaning brushes

    5. This eco-friendly cleaning paste is biodegradable, contains no preservatives, and works great on ovens, hobs, and pots and pans.

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    This has an average 4.7-star rating, and reviewers rave about how effective this cleaning paste is! They love that it has a pleasant smell rather than a chemical one that you'd normally associate with cleaning products. Plus, a little bit of this goes a long way so it's cost-effective too.

    Price: £9.99

    6. Say goodbye to cling film and hello to this roll of beeswax wrap, which is a natural and reusable way to wrap your food to keep it fresh.

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    These are made from beeswax, organic cotton, jojoba oil, and natural tree resin. This stuff is great if you want to wrap your food but are looking to reduce the amount of plastic you use – all you have to do with this is warm it in your hands a bit and it becomes super easy to wrap with or use as a seal on jars or containers. To reuse, just wash with mild soap and cold water before allowing to air dry.

    Price: £12.99 for a roll of13"x39" wrap

    7. These bin bags are 100% biodegradable and made of corn starch, vegetable oils, and fully-compostable polymers.

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    As well as being kinder to the planet, they're also great quality! People who bought these say they're strong and don't split. Available in sizes 6L, 10L, and 30L.

    Price: £4.99 - £7.54 depending on size and number of bags

    8. If you're a keen baker, try swapping out your greaseproof paper for this set of silicone baking mats!

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    Customers say these really are non-stick and easy to clean, and some use them for general cooking as well as baking with no problem!

    Price: £12.19 for three mats in varying sizes

    9. Help stop your food from going to waste (and use less plastic wrap in the process) with this set of 12 stretchy lids.

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    These lids are so useful – no more worrying because you've lost the proper lid for your container! Lots of reviewers claim getting these has really cut down how much cling film they use, and that the lids are also really easy to use and clean. They're also microwave and freezer safe, making them the ideal option if you tend to have a lot of leftovers.

    Price: £8.99 for 12

    10. This 12-pack of reusable, leakproof food bags are a more-eco friendly way to store your sandwiches and snacks.

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    Made from a food-grade PEVA material, these versatile bags have a sturdy double zip lock seal to make them airtight, helping to preserve the freshness of your food as well as protect from leaks (some customers use these for liquids without any trouble!). There's no plastic smell with these, and they're also safe for use in your freezer. In a set you'll get six sandwich bags and six smaller bags which are perfect for snacks.

    Price: £9.59

    11. If you're thinking of getting into composting, you can't go wrong with this little compost caddy that'll fit perfectly in your kitchen.

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    This is just the right size to pop on your kitchen worktop so you can put any fruit or vegetable trimmings in there while you're preparing food. The inner bucket is removable and dishwasher safe for easier cleaning too!

    Price: £9.73

    12. Save money and contribute to helping the planet at the same time with an Ecoegg laundry egg, which uses natural cleaning pellets in place of detergent to wash your clothes. One of these eggs will do up to 210(!) washes!

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    Instead of using fabric detergent or liquitabs, you put this egg in the washing machine drum with your laundry and it cleans your clothes without need for anything else – not even fabric conditioner! Magic, right? This is especially useful for sensitive skin that may not react well to some detergents, as it's hypoallergenic and doesn't contain any harsh chemicals. This egg has been reviewed over 2,000 times, with a 4.2-star average, and reviewers say it leaves clothes clean and smelling fresh. FYI, while this is great for your everyday washing, some customers note that a stain remover may be required alongside this for more stubborn stains.

    Price: £12.99

    13. You can swap out your tumble dryer sheets for these hypoallergenic wool balls.

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    These cute lil' guys are really useful for eliminating wrinkles and tangles, and are reusable up to 1000 times! They can also help to reduce drying time by 30-40%, meaning you can use less electricity because the dryer doesn't have to be on for as long. If you've tried plastic dryer balls but found them to be really noisy, these may be the solution.

    Price: £10.99 for six

    14. Filter your water with this charcoal stick – seriously, it works wonders!

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    Put one of these in your (reusable) water bottle, and it will naturally filter the water. One of these sticks works for up to six months, and at around the three-month mark you'll just need to boil it for ten minutes to rejuvenate it and get it back to normal. It's biodegradable too, making it an eco-conscious choice compared to regular disposable filters.

    Price: £6.95

    15. Bring out these compostable, disposable palm leaf plates next time you have a party – they're practical AND pretty.

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    These disposable plates are anything but flimsy, and are also heat-resistant, with some reviewers saying these are particularly good for hot food. With an average rating of 4.8 stars, these are a sturdy and stylish choice.

    Price: £9.95 for 25 plates

    16. This dish brush is made of beechwood and comes with replaceable brush heads that you can compost once you're done with them.

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    The bristles are made with natural fibres from the agave plant, and are really well suited to hot temperatures meaning you don't need to worry about these falling apart when you're washing with particularly warm water. Each brush head lasts around six months depending on usage, and you get two replacement brush heads with your order. To make it even more environmentally friendly, the company who makes these say they will plant one tree for every order!

    Price: £9.99 for a brush with two replacement heads

    17. We all know the benefits of a reusable coffee cup, and this 4.6-star rated one made out of seriously tough borosilicate glass is a great choice.

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    Because it's made of glass rather than say, plastic or bamboo, you won't have the "taste" of the cup affecting the flavour of your beverage. It has a thick thermal sleeve which makes it easier and more comfortable to hold, and has a splash-proof lid as well. Customers who are tea drinkers particularly like this because the material doesn't impact the taste of their cuppa.

    Price: £13.99