Essentials for a more eco-conscious kitchen

Save more happy little trees.

eco-friendly kitchen supplies
Simply replacing your paper towels and coffee filters will go a long way.Photo by Erol Ahmed via Unsplash

The convenience of disposable napkins and paper towels is undeniable, but making the switch to reusable products will save you money and cut down on your contributions to landfills. Add class, style, and elegance to your kitchen and dining room. We picked out some favorites to get you started.

Cotton Craft Oversized Dinner Napkins

Cotton Craft Oversized Dinner Napkins
Look at you, all grown up.Amazon

Cloth napkins run the gamut from wedding-fancy to outdoor-barbeque-utilitarian. These 100 percent cotton napkins are generous in size, affordably priced, and you can toss them in the laundry with your t-shirts and jeans. The mitered corners offer a tailored look, and the patterned design is both appealing and forgiving in a way that solid light-colored napkins can never be. Pass the ketchup, please.

Llama Swedish Dish Cloths

Llama Swedish Dish Cloths
Stubbornly and adorably absorbent.Amazon

Replace up to 17 rolls of paper towels with just one of these cute llamas. Made from wood pulp and cotton fibers, they absorb up to 20 times their weight in liquid and feel like a cross between a dish towel and a thin sponge. Designate different llamas for different uses if you’d like. After cleaning up a spill, you can rinse them by hand or pop them into your washing machine.

Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars

Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars
Ditch the plastic containers.Amazon

If your hipster cousin has already eschewed travel mugs in favor of mason jars, get them some real pretty mason jars. Actually, just buy everyone Mason jars. Mason jars are genuinely great. And these are a nice retro shade of blue.

Chardin Home Eco-Friendly Recycled Table Runner

Chardin Home Eco-Friendly Recycled Table Runner
Tablecloths don’t have to be fussy.Amazon

It’s true that vinyl tablecloths and plastic-covered furniture keep wooden tables and microfiber couches free of damage, but at what aesthetic and environmental cost? This jute (vegetable fiber) and recycled denim table runner helps protect the center of your table from serving dishes, without sacrificing style. Bring it out for special occasions or enjoy it every day as a complement to a bowl of fruit.

CoffeeSock Coffee Filter

CoffeeSock Reusable Coffee Filter
Never buy paper filters again.Amazon

If you make drip coffee at home, you know the moment of panic that sets in when you realize you forgot to buy filters. Save some trees, save some money, and eliminate possible barriers to caffeine with these organic cotton muslin “socks”. After each use, compost your coffee grounds, rinse the filter, and hang it up to dry. Every so often, boil them to get rid of oil buildup, and continue making great coffee! Just be sure to order the correct size for your dripper.

ChicoBag ToGoWare Utensil Set

ChicoBag ToGoWare Utensil Set
Resists heat and stains.Amazon

Lightweight, reusable utensils are a camping staple. This set of stain-resistant flatware is made of bamboo and comes with a fork, knife, spoon, and chopsticks. The carrying cases are made of recycled plastic and each set adheres to your pack with a carabiner.