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Reducing Kitchen Waste is Tough
This is one area of greening up our lives where I sometimes feel like a huge failure. I’ve considered giving up paper towels, but I can’t wrap my head around cleaning up the constant messes in our house without them. I know we use too much plastic (in the form of baggies and plastic wrap) to store leftovers and unused fruits and veggies, but I wasn’t sure what the alternatives were.
I’ve been a fan of UncommonGoods for a long time because of their huge selection of unique items and their dedication to sustainability. Many of the products they sell are upcycled or handmade and they support artists and small businesses.
UncommonGoods is More Than Just One-of-a-Kind Gifts
I never thought of searching their site for practical kitchen tools–I usually go for the fun and funky gifts, like the one’s you’ll find here. I was really missing out, though, because they have an awesome selection of kitchen tools and storage solutions; tools that’ll help you reduce kitchen waste and keep your food fresher, longer. Today, I am partnering with UncommonGoods to share with you some of their awesome products to help you do the same!
Kitchen Tools to Help You Reduce Kitchen Waste
>>Reusable Hinged Jar Zipper Bags
Aren’t these the cutest? We go through a lot of sandwich bags in this house. Avery is a grazer so he rarely finishes a sandwich or piece of fruit in one sitting. I usually pop it into a baggie and throw it in the fridge for him to finish up later. I hate wasting all those plastic bags, though! As soon as I saw these, I knew that I had to have them. You get three sizes (9 bags total), so I’ve been using the large size for my homemade trail mix and the smaller sizes for storing nuts, seeds, raisins, and, of course, Avery’s leftovers. 🙂 You can get your own here.
>>Beeswax Food Saving Wrap
I’ve had my eye on these reusable food saving wraps for a while. I’ve seen them used as sandwich wraps, but after doing a little more research I learned that you can use them to keep just about anything fresh. You can wrap fresh herbs (which seem to always go bad before you can use them all), cut fruits and vegetables, lemons and limes, salad greens, or just use it in place of plastic wrap to tightly wrap a bowl of salad or berries. The wraps are very pliable, hand-washable, and easy to use. If you find yourself going through a lot of plastic wrap or foil to store fresh foods, I recommend you pick some up here.
A lot of my recipes call for half an onion or juice from only half of a lime or lemon, so I was (again) always pulling out the plastic bags to store the leftovers. Each set of these Food Huggers comes with four sizes and they fit pretty perfectly over small to medium size fruits and veggies. They also fit over opened cans. I wonder if it would keep my La Croix bubbly if I didn’t finish it all in one sitting? 🙂 They would definitely be great for keeping unused canned pumpkin or diced tomatoes fresh, though. You can check them out here.
My refrigerator already looks entirely different!
Instead of baggies and plastic-wrapped foods all over the place, these reusable products are helping me keep my unused produce and leftover fresh without all of the waste. It looks a lot prettier in there, too. UncommonGoods has a lot more to choose from (they even have avocado savers!) when it comes to reducing, reusing, and recycling. It doesn’t all have to be about kitchen storage, though…with the holidays coming up, I’ve already spotted some gifts for family and friends here and maybe a new set of wineglasses for myself here.
What are you doing to reduce kitchen waste in your home?
I’d love to hear from you!
*This is a sponsored post in partnership with UncommonGoods. Products and compensation were provided by the company, but all opinions are my own. Thank you!