These Eco-Friendly Kitchen Swaps Will Save You $$$

While January may be a time for resolutions, there's one thing we're always trying to improve upon year-round: waste in the kitchen. That includes, of course, being more mindful about how we use up the food we buy, and avoiding common traps that may make food spoil faster. But sometimes, saving money (and being more green) can be just as much about the things you do buy than the things you don't.
Many kitchen "staples" we can't imagine doing without are also disposable, meaning we're also often restocking them. While plastic wrap and paper towels aren't particularly expensive, those purchases add up – in our budgets and in landfills. And while the greener, reusable substitute is often a bit pricier, you'll save money in the long run. (And you'll also save time wrestling with cling wrap that loves to stick to everything but the bowl lid.)
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From straws to coffee pods to a truly collapsible water bottle, ten easy kitchen swaps for 2018 that are good for you and the planet.
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Traditional sponges need to be tossed out every few months. This set of six nylon-woven scrubbers are crotched out of nylon tulle, making them tough and machine-washable, so you don't have to worry about bacteria build-up.

Uncommon Goods Reusable Dish Scrubbers, $30 for six, available at Uncommon Goods.
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We get it, drinking iced coffee (or tea, or smoothies) through a straw is just more fun. These let you do just that while keeping your conscious clear.

Polar Home Reusable Straws With Stopper (10 Pack), $4.95, available at Amazon.
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Unlike plastic wrap, which is tossed after one use, Bee's Wrap is good for up to a year if cared for properly. The wax in the cloth allows you to seal bowls or plates, and the smaller size can wrap up bits of cheese or cut vegetables.

Bee's Wrap 3-Piece Reusable Food Storage, $18, available at Amazon.
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Another alternative to plastic wrap (and even storage containers), CoverBlubber stretches to fit containers and even fruit of various sizes. They're even freezer-safe.

CoverBlubber Wrap Set, $19.99, available at Uncommon Goods.
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Ikea's silicon lids create a vacuum seal and can go from stovetop to tabletop to fridge or freezer. They are also dishwasher-safe.

Klockren Set Of 3 Lids, $9.99, available at Amazon.
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Kitchen towels are an obvious substitution for paper, but the traditional cotton variety aren't quite the same. These are absorbent and light and dry quickly, making them a great replacement for paper towels. And with 60 in a pack, you'll have plenty to get you to your next laundry day.

Jebblas Reusable Dish Towels, $15.98, available at Amazon.
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Single-serve coffee brewers are an over-sleeper's dream – but the pods add up to landfill waste and big $$$. Reusable mesh containers allow you to use whatever coffee you want with much less waste.

iPartsPlusMore 6-Pack Reusable Mesh Coffee Filters, $12.95, available at Amazon.
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Still using a traditional drip coffee maker? You can get mesh replacements for different basket sizes for about the cost of a set of disposable filters.

GoldTone Reusable Cone-Style Coffee Filter, $5.99, available at Amazon.
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Non-stick silicon baking mats eliminate both the need for disposable liners and cooking sprays or oils.

AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mats, $9.62, available at Amazon.
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We all know that carrying a water bottle is an easy way to avoid buying bottled water on the go, but full-sized water bottles can be cumbersome. Hydaway's collapsible water bottle functions like a regular one when expanded, then folds up to be about the width of a pack of gum when not in use.

Hydaway Collapsible Water Bottle, $19.95, available at Uncommon Goods.
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