Whether you want eco-friendly gift ideas for friends and family or you want to make your own home more green, this list of eco-friendly kitchen gadgets has you covered with practical and affordable options!
How Can Kitchens Be More Sustainable?
The kitchen has more potential for waste than any other area in the home.
Think about it: it’s where the majority of your appliances run, where you cook and generate food waste, and it’s where you run water almost constantly, between the faucet, the dishwasher and any icemakers.
So if you want to have a more environmentally friendly home, the place to start is in making a sustainable kitchen.
The good news: it can be a simple and painless process! All you have to do is make small changes, one at a time.
What Products Are Eco-Friendly?
Do you know what's not Earth-friendly?
But I'm sure you knew that with all the headlines in the news and online about how plastic is polluting the Earth and killing wildlife.
In order to make your kitchen (and home) more eco-friendly, a huge milestone would be to replace all the plastic in your home with more green options.
Some other examples of green, eco-friendly kitchen gadgets include:
- Reusable water bottles
- Reusable food storage bags
- non-plastic food storage containers (glass or silicone)
- LED light bulbs
That old phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” comes to mind, as the goal is to reduce or eliminate single-use items in favor of products that can be used multiple times. Cloth, aluminum, and silicone instead of plastic 😊
The Best Eco-Friendly Kitchen Gadgets For Everyone In Your Life
If you have a friend who is obsessed with trying to save the earth, or you know a loved one who is keen to start their eco-friendly journey but they aren’t sure where to start, look no further!
All of these eco-friendly gift ideas for everyday cooks will help your loved one reduce their impact on mother nature.
Reducing waste and plastic-use can seem particularly difficult in the kitchen, since that room holds all the ziplock bags, cling wrap, shopping bags and cleaning products you need to keep everything organized.
If you gift your loved one something from this list they’ll be thrilled how much you understand their need to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Most of these gifts are small and affordable so they would make great stocking stuffers or, if you want to really set your loved one up, why not make them an eco-friendly gift basket!
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Eco-Friendly Kitchen Gift Guide
Here is a list of some of the best eco-friendly things you can buy on Amazon (which is saying a lot since Amazon carries everything). These items are excellent products for taking small steps to go green at home.
They also make terrific gift ideas for those people in your life who want to decrease their carbon footprint. I hope this list helps you come up with some great ideas either for yourself or someone you care about!
These are Number 1 on the list because I love them so much! I have both Stashers and another brand and love them both.
Reusable food bags might not seem like the most obvious choice to give as a gift but these 100% silicone food storage bags are really high quality and, therefore, a little pricey.
If your loved one can’t justify the expense themselves, they’ll be thrilled to receive them as a gift.
They are 100% non-toxic silicone, self-sealing and, unlike traditional plastic bags, Stasher bags contain no BPA, no PVC, and no latex. They also come in a variety of different sizes and colors and are even safe for sous vide cooking.
2. Produce Bags
Buying reusable produce bags is another great way to avoid using plastic in the kitchen. These bags are made from 100% organic and sustainable cotton and will keep vegetables crisp in the fridge.
Simply soak the bag in water and then wring out until just damp, place your fruits and veggies in the bag and the humid environment will allow them to breathe, unlike plastic bags which can cause vegetables to rot pretty quickly.
This attractive looking lunchbox will help any eco-conscious kitchen lover to cut down on their plastic use by eliminating the need for those flimsy takeaway containers. Not only does it look great but it’s also microwave and dishwasher safe.
Got kids? Looking for something not breakable? Then this Bento Box is for you!
This easy to use, renewable wheat straw material can be used for years and discarded with confidence. The sturdy Japanese bento box is designed to stand up to backpacks, commutes, lunchrooms, and picnics.
Plus it's freezer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe. And if that's not enough, the company partners with One Tree Planted to plant a tree in a deforested part of the world for every lunchbox sold.
Coffee culture has really taken off in recent years but single-use coffee cups are very bad for the environment.
Despite being made predominantly from paper, they usually contain a plastic lining and therefore can’t even be composted and then, of course, there are the plastic lids to think about.
KeepCup is one of the most well-known brands of reusable coffee cups and is known for their great quality. Make sure your loved one can still enjoy their daily cup of coffee by gifting them a beautiful and useful gift and helping them stay eco-friendly in the process.
Beeswax wraps are a great way to avoid using single-use cling wrap in the kitchen. They can be used to cover pans and dishes or wrap you can wrap them directly around food items.
Just wash with warm soapy water and then reuse over and over
I also use them when packing my kids' lunches 😉
These particular wraps are made from 100% organic cotton, infused with sustainably harvested beeswax and come in a variety of attractive designs.
Single-use, plastic takeaway cutlery is used once and tossed aside without a second thought. Gift your friend this bamboo cutlery set and they won’t ever have to feel guilty about creating that plastic waste again.
This reusable cutlery set even comes in a handy roll-up bag so it’s easy to take anywhere. Plus it's easy to clean and has a great texture.
Reusable shopping bags are an absolute must for anyone trying to live a more eco-friendly life but often they are small, flimsy or the straps dig into your shoulder. These heavy-duty shopping bags are collapsible and strong enough to carry even the biggest load of shopping.
Another option is these foldable, machine-washable ripstop bags.
If you have a friend who loves their coffee and can’t live without their machine, they could be burning through a ton of coffee filters.
Although they are usually biodegradable, they may not actually break down and instead end up in landfills!
These reusable coffee filters made from organic hemp would make a great stocking stuffer!
A counter-top compost bin would make a great gift for anyone looking to reduce their kitchen waste. It’ll also have a huge benefit for their garden as well!
Simply throw fruit and vegetable scraps and anything else compostable in the bin. Then when it gets full go and empty it onto a compost heap in the garden.
The charcoal filter in the lid even works to eliminate odors so it won’t leave the kitchen with a nasty, lingering smell. Woohoo!
Glass food storage containers are a much more eco-friendly way to store staple pantry items as well as keep food organized in the fridge. Better yet, these containers are dishwasher, oven and microwave safe!
11. Reusable Straws
There has been a big push for bars, restaurants and cafes to start making the switch to paper straws or get rid of them all together but, unfortunately, may establishments are slow on the uptake.
Gift your friend these reusable straws and they won’t have to feel guilty for ordering a takeaway drink, or making smoothies, or letting kids drink from straws all the time.
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12. Food Huggers
The adorably named food huggers are a great way to keep partially used fruit and veggies fresh in the fridge without having to resort to using cling wrap.
They are 100% silicone and seal tightly around fruit and veggies keeping them nice and fresh without any nasty BPAs. They can even be used to cover small dishes as well.
13. Bamboo Towels
Bamboo towels are a great alternative to the usual throwaway paper towel rolls people have in their kitchens.
These particular towels are strong and you can even put them in the washing machine ready to use again. Just one roll of this bamboo paper towel can replace up to 60 rolls of conventional kitchen roll!
Any friend or family member who loves baking would be thrilled to receive these eco-friendly baking utensils made from 100% bamboo and silicone.
Not only are they kind to the earth but they also look great and come in a handy storage bag to keep them organized.
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day household cleaners are well-known for being earth-friendly and are made with plant-based ingredients and essential oils.
They also do not test products on animals and only use garden-inspired scents. This cleaning set is a great starter gift for anyone looking to start their low tox and eco-friendly cleaning journey.
There you go! Fifteen amazing go-to gift ideas for anyone looking to be a little more environmentally friendly! For more great kitchen and home appliances like these, check out Velo Vision.
Please tell us in the comments: what's next on your list to replace as you work towards having a more sustainable home?
If you're looking for great ideas for eco-friendly kitchen gifts, this list has you covered. These eco-friendly kitchen gadgets are the best items to start making a home more sustainable.