There are a lot of zero waste kitchen supplies out there and the cost of fully stocking your home can definitely add up. I live on a teacher’s salary, so I realize that even though going zero waste in the kitchen will save you money in the long run, it’s not always possible to go all-in right away. So if you’re going to start anywhere, start here.
Before I list my picks, I have to address the elephant in the room: why am I linking products from Amazon if I live a zero waste lifestyle? Amazon = boxes, plastic, packing slips, and all the things we’re avoiding when we’re eliminating waste. As someone who lives in a rural area, ordering online is often my only option. But if you are lucky enough to live someplace where you can find these things locally, buy them that way! And yes, I do make a small commission if you purchase any of these products because again: teacher’s salary.
9 Essential Zero Waste Kitchen Supplies to Get You Started
Rail19 Glass Cleaner Bottles – I like this set because it comes with a large cleaner bottle and a mister. I make my own counter and glass cleaners for the large spray nozzle bottle and the mister is good for homemade air freshener–which is nice to spritz in the kitchen when your compost pail is getting a little funky. Buy it here.
BeeKeep Zero Waste Food Wraps – I have a stash of Bee’s Wrap too, but then I discovered this brand and I really like their wraps because they’re pretty (I’m shallow like that) and handmade with organic ingredients. I really like wrapping cheese in BeeKeep and I use it to cover upcycled jars to store my food. Buy it here.
Pura Naturals Stink Free Sponge – These sponges have that minimalist chic we all love and they work really well too. The scrubby part is made with walnut shells and when you’re done, you can throw them in the compost bin. Buy it here.
Epica Stainless Steel Compost Bin – And speaking of compost bins! This is the one I use. It has a charcoal filter to keep the stink in and it works because when I open this baby up it stinks like whoa. The price on this one is reasonable for the quality too. Buy it here.
Softy Straws – Cardboard and paper straws are gross to me because I like to savor my drinks and by the time I’m done, they’re falling apart and icky. But I don’t like the way metal and glass straws feel in my mouth. (Is that weird?) These silicone straws are a total game changer. My ideal zero waste product can be recycled or composted after being used and these don’t fit the bill there, but they’re still technically zero waste because they can be washed and reused for quite a long time. Buy it here.
Ecoture Produce Bags – As I mentioned above, I like my zero waste kitchen supplies to be compostable or at the very least recyclable at the end of their lifespans. There are a lot of plastic mesh produce bags on the market, so I really love these muslin ones as a greener alternative. After switching to these, you’ll realize just how obnoxious all those supermarket plastic produce bags are. Buy it here.
Swedish Dish Cloths – They sell reusable towels that come in a big roll like regular paper towels, but I don’t really see the point? I like Swedish dish cloths much more. They come in fun designs, they’re really absorbent, and you can toss them in the laundry. They’re made with cotton and wood pulp, so you can compost them when you’re done. Buy it here.
Flannel Napkins – I try to buy from small makers when possible and these flannel napkins are handmade in West Virginia. Cloth napkins are kind of the OG when it comes to zero waste kitchen supplies, but the ones they sell in the home section at stores are never very soft and feel so formal. These are good for kids because they’re gentle and easy to wash again and again. Buy it here.
Gaia Guy Brush Set – I really love the sponges I listed above, but when I need something scrubbier, I use these brushes. I keep the bottle brush and the oval handheld brush at the kitchen sink and the round one I use for cleaning grout, although I think it’s actually meant for cleaning vegetables. These can be composted after using them. Buy it here.