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An absolute favourite of mine, sponge cloths (or reusable paper towels) are the must-have kitchen staple for a low-waste life. I’ve collaborated with Ten and Co to create my very first product, a beautiful sponge cloth that features everything Forage inspired – herbs, mushrooms and delicate flora for a vintage and nature-inspired look! If you haven’t heard of sponge cloths, they’re are a total game-changer, and have been used in Swedish and European kitchens for decades. The point is for them to replace paper towels and J-cloths, both of which are incredibly unsustainable. Paper towels are made from bleached paper which comes from our precious ancient forests, and J-cloths are made from plastic fibres, which break off and head into our waterways as microfibres (one of the worst forms of plastic waste). These cloths can be used for up to 6 months! They never stink as they are made from plant cellulose fibres, making them naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Ten and Co has the cutest designs, and we love these the most!

How They're Sustainable

More than 13 billion pounds of paper towel is used every year in the US alone. To combat these wasteful single-use sheets that require clear cutting of forests, sponge cloths are a far more sustainable option, where one cloth replaces 17 rolls of paper towel. Each cloth can be used for up to 6 months and is fully biodegradable and compostable in your home compost, making them fully zero-waste.

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This is perfect for the avid alternative milk drinker! Almond Cow makes it super easy to make your own nut or oat milk, with no mess, no straining, and a mechanism that automatically separates the pulp from the milk. Any alternative milk can be made on demand – almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, oats, and more! You can add your choice of sweetener as well, for the perfect blend. With the separated pulp, you can make cookies, oatmeal or whatever creative recipe you’d like. The Almond Cow has its own jug to store your milk in, and you can buy nuts or oats in bulk, directly on their website as well.

How They're Sustainable

Most shelf nut milk cartons are made of a blend of plastic and metal. Since only 9% of plastics are recycled, most of this goes into the trash. The average household drinks around 3 gallons of non-dairy milk a month, which amounts to around 144 plastic cartons per family going into landfills and the ocean every year. That’s more than 78 million plastic cartons not being recycled, contributing to our dire plastic problem! Every Almond Cow prevents 500 plastic cartons of milk from entering landfills and the ocean. So far, Almond Cow has prevented over 1,500,000 single-use cartons from ever being made. Additionally, many grocery-store nut milks are full of fillers and actually contain very little nut content. With Almond Cow, you control exactly what’s going into your nut milk, for a healthier and less wasteful result. The pulp that gets separated for you can be used for cookies or other recipes (it’s often thrown away in production facilities), helping you to use all parts of the nut, creating less waste.

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A traditional staple in Indian kitchens and homes, stainless steel containers are making their debut in the west, with an increasing number of people beginning to understand the detrimental health concerns that plastic Tupperware poses. Stainless steel is a far better option, as it is BPA/BPS-free, non-leaching, doesn’t absorb bacteria, non-staining and non-porous (prevents contamination and why it is so often used in commercial kitchens). Plastic containers begin to break down immediately upon washing, and when heated, the break down rate is accelerated 55x, meaning any endocrine disruptors or chemicals are just seeping into your food. This BIPOC-owned brand makes their products at an incredibly high grade, making them long-lasting, not to mention beautiful in your home. Their straws are a personal favourite, as they are light-weight, easy to carry around, and come with a cleaning brush. Learn more about stainless steel products here.

How They're Sustainable

Stainless steel containers don’t just save you money in the long run, but it also prevent more plastic waste from entering into the landfills. Plastic Tupperware can take up to 500 years to decompose. It is estimated that around 437 million to 8.3 billion plastic straws are in the world’s oceans and shorelines. Dalcini’s products are 100% reusable but also 100% recyclable, as they don’t contain any silicone, plastic or chemical resins. Stainless steel is infinitely recyclable – 75% of the tin cans and stainless-steel products produced in the last 100 years are still in circulation! In terms of ethics, Dalcini manufactures all of their products ethically, in India, where skilled craftsmen have been making these products for over 200 years. No child labour is ever used.

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Designed to replace 8 pieces of traditional cookware, this pan is gorgeous, and has quickly become a cult favourite. The Always Pan replaces your fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. You can braise, sear, steam, strain, sauté, fry, boil, serve and store with this pan, making it truly multifunctional. For those of us living minimally – the van life, tiny homes, tight spaces, small apartments – this pan helps reduce clutter, helping us live more intentionally while still allowing us to cook incredible meals.

How They're Sustainable

Made with an exclusive, non-toxic ceramic coating, the Always Pan is devoid of potentially harmful materials like PFOAs, PTFEs, other PFAs, lead, cadmium, toxic metals and nanoparticles. The spatula is made from natural beechwood, the steamer basket is made from recyclable stainless steel. Investing in ethical labour practices, Our Place provides supportive environments and compensation to their teams so that they people who make their products have time, energy and resources to connect with the people they love. Our Place has also partnered with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council on access to food. As part of their Healthy Neighborhood Market Program, they host community events in partnership with an incredible, locally-owned neighbourhood market bringing fresh, healthy food to South LA.


 

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