Step 1: Reflect
Take stock of what you currently have in the kitchen. What do you actually use, and whats gathering dust under the kitchen sink?
Doing this little audit really helps you see the full picture with some fresh eyes. It’s surprising how many cleaning products are forgotten in our cupboards (very messy cupboards if it’s anything like our house!).
Make a mental note of ones you couldn’t live without, and ones you wouldn’t miss if they were never bought again. This will help you be intentional in your next steps.
Step 2: Research
Now that you have a better idea of what kitchen items you actually use, it’s good to understand what impact they are having on the environment.
Try to think about their full lifecycle here; what materials are they made of? How are they manufactured? How long do they take to break down? Don’t forget what they are packaged in!
This doesn’t need to be a PhD thesis, but taking a step back and researching the overall impact of a product makes it easier to know what alternatives to look out for on the shelves.
When I was researching kitchen products for myself at this step, one product I completely fell in love with was Yeseco’s dish brush. It’s made from sturdy and stylish bamboo, looks great in any kitchen, and is 100% home compostable. Bamboo is a common choice in eco products, as it can grow 3 feet in height in 24 hours! Being the fastest growing plant in the world makes it a really sustainable material choice, so if in doubt, go with bamboo options.