Tacking the kitchen to be completely Plastic-Free is not an overnight process. As much as I would like it to be, the kitchen has to be done in phases. As you read here, I tackled my first big project with my water drinking. I think it has been a success and I have adapted that really well into my routine.
Target Threshold line and are either made with wood or metal. The meat tenderizer was my grandmothers. At least one drawer is completed. The second will be a bit tricky. I was happy to at least know all my silverware was metal and my organizer is made from bamboo. Win-Win.
Lola. When Target had the Caldrea line, I stocked up on these glass pump bottles (similar here and here). I now have one for my hand soap and one for my dish soap. When a brush simply will not cut it, I found these sponges that scrub like scour sponges (which work great on non-stick pans). Even when it came to my dishwasher (which I rarely use), I opted for a great rinse aid. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a plastic-free option for this or a homemade version that works well- but the search continues.
eco-towels, it was time for a change. I started making my own homemade cleaners, using bulk castile soap (my local grocery store has bulk cleaning items for purchase- just bring your own containers to fill) and water. To actually clean surfaces, I opted for these bar towels - old cotton shirts work really well too (just skip the fabric softener when washing)! After a few uses, they get tossed in the laundry. I have different looking hand towels I hang nearby to wipe hands dry. This has been a success and has dramatically reduced paper towel usage to a minimum.
Ecover. I placed them in the smaller jar for storage.
What do you think about going plastic-free? Are you able to make small changes to reduce your footprint? Do you use reusable water bottles when getting coffee or drinks out? Share your experiences.