In honor of Earth Month, Oola's Everyday Sustainability is here to inspire you to become more eco-savvy! We've rounded up our favorite green products, lifestyle tips, and guides for living a sustainable life.
The terms sustainability and eco-friendly, although trending, shouldn't just be a passing fad. While we know we should be attempting to reduce our carbon footprint by recycling, reusing, and reducing, sometimes the products we use may get overlooked.
In our kitchens, especially, we may have products that contribute to more waste and environmental destruction. Microplastics leaking into our water, plastic and paper products ending up in the landfill, and toxic chemicals released into our air and draining down our kitchen sinks are just a few of the problems with a non-eco-friendly kitchen. When making efforts to live a more eco-conscious and sustainable lifestyle, look no further than our favorite eco-friendly kitchen products!
An excellent alternative to parchment paper or foil, this nonstick silicone baking mat is oven-safe up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit. This reusable mat is perfect to line your baking sheet to roast veggies, bake cookies, or roll out pastries. Silicone mats may become discolored over time, but it won't affect how they work. Use them to make our copycat Gideon's Bakehouse Chocolate Chip Cookie, Fried Cheese Curds, Oven-Baked Potato Skins, or this Simple Roasted Asparagus Recipe.
Organization is trending with Netflix shows like Get Organized with The Home Edit and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Before you reach for plastic bins to organize all your kitchenware, check out these aesthetically pleasing bamboo storage bins. Made with sustainable and eco-friendly bamboo, these bins have natural antimicrobial properties making them stain and odor resistant.
Reusable and compostable, this plant-based set of forks and spoons can replace throwaway plasticware of the same function. Sturdy and durable, these utensils are perfect to take on picnics, road trips, or to throw in your lunchbox for work. Made from sugar cane starch and bamboo fibers these utensils can be used for around a year, but when thrown out, they will break down in about 2 years. So much faster than their plastic counterparts!
Reusable baking cups take the place of paper liners that usually just end up sticking to our cupcakes anyway. Muffins and cupcakes slide out of silicone baking cups easily! Use these molds to bake our Chocolate Chip Bananamilk Muffins, Legendary Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins, or these ah-mazing Copycat Hostess Cupcakes. Made from BPA-free, recycled, and food-grade silicone, these babies are dishwasher, freezer, and oven-safe up to 428 degrees Fahrenheit.
Stackable, leak-resistant, and BPA-free these glass storage containers with bamboo lids are the perfect alternative to plastic containers.
An Amazon reviewer said, "I am switching over to using all-glass instead of plastic for storing my food. I like these because they look elegant and upscale, but they are easy to clean and they stack nicely due to the recessed part in the lid. Other brands have a smooth top where the containers would easily slide off when stacked."
With super cute designs, these Swedish Dishcloths are eco-friendly and reusable. Made from biodegradable cellulose, just wash and reuse instead of buying paper towels constantly. Super absorbent, one dishcloth will take the place of 20 paper towels. Clean glass, wood, marble, and stainless steel, and more. A package should last about a year. Afterward, just throw it in your compost bin!
Forgo plastic brushes for cleaning dishes, veggies, and even counters. Made from 100% plant-based fibers with wooden handles, this six-piece set comes with a pot scrubber, vegetable brush, bottle brush, oval scrubbing brush, and a dish brush.
Nothing's worse than burning your fingertips in the morning while reaching for your toast. Save your fingers with these bamboo tongs! Ergonomic, flexible, and non-toxic these tongs are fantastic for appetizer platters, grabbing hot snacks, and mixing salads.
A reviewer said, "If you need a multi-purpose cloth for housework these towels are definitely what you need. I was surprised how absorbing they are compared to paper! Perfect for cleaning mirrors, windows, even polishing silverware... and they are reusable and I love it, my guess is I won't have to buy it again for at least 6 months."
These non-toxic trash bags are perfect for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and office. Leak-proof they can handle even heavy kitchen loads.
Stong and durable, an Amazon reviewer raves, "I was very pleasantly surprised at the excellent quality of these bio-degradable trash bags. Perfect product. These are by far the best that I have seen. I had never heard of ECO SOUL before, but based on my satisfaction with these trash bags, I intend to purchase and test out some of their other products. I rarely write reviews, but I had to make an exception in this case. They have a happy new customer."
Cook your healthy and delicious meal on a GreenPan Rio Ceramic Non-Stick Frypan without the toxins. Manufactured without PFAS and PFOA, this non-stick ceramic pan is also dishwasher safe.
Available in Iris Agave, Perrine Lemon, Lavender Eucalyptus, and Pretty Earthy, Blueland soap is Leaping Bunny certified. The hand soap starter kit comes with a forever glass bottle and the tablets come in compostable packaging. Just drop a tablet into nine ounces of water, and that's it!
Replace up to 300 disposable plastic bags with just one reusable resealable bag! Made of eco-friendly PEVA material, these reusable storage bags are PVC-free, lead-free, chloride-free, and BPA-free. They are freezer-friendly, so you can save leftovers, freeze fruit, or store snacks inside.