These sustainable kitchen gadgets save time and avoid waste

Even the simplest dish takes effort – from preparation to removing traces. With the right kitchen gadgets, you can give yourself many work steps in the future and at the same time produce less waste.

In Germany alone, almost 13 million tons of food are thrown in the trash every year – an average of 85.2 kilograms per household. However, the total is not only made up of food that has expired (although they usually have a much longer shelf life), but of leftovers. For a long time, the reason for this was the convenience of many people: instead of packing their food so that it can be reused, it was preferred to throw it away. Due to the increasing awareness of sustainable products, however, there are more and more kitchen gadgets that offer you the opportunity to keep food longer – and at the same time produce less waste. 

1. Silicone lids for bowls, mugs and cans

In most households it is normal to keep opened food in the refrigerator. To prevent these from drying out, they are often covered with cling film or aluminum foil – both products then end up in the garbage. Dishwasher-safe and extremely stretchable silicone lids are a sensible and significantly more environmentally friendly alternativethat are durable and leak-proof. They are simply put over bowls, glasses, cans, pots, pans or melons and can then be reused.

2. Oilcloths for food 

Waxed cotton towels, which are used like cling film or aluminum foil, but are made of 100 percent cotton, organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil and natural tree resin, are just as useful as they are practical – this gives them antibacterial properties. In addition, the oilcloths Washed and reused after use. This means that you produce less rubbish when you have to pack, freeze or wrap food. To activate the wipes, simply rub them between your hands and warm them up.

3. Bamboo paper towels / all-purpose towels

Overuse of paper towels means that up to 3,000 tons of them end up in the trash every day. If you still don’t want to do without your kitchen roll, you can use all-purpose towels made of absorbent bamboo fibers: They are antibacterial, hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. The roll consists of a total of 20 cloths that can be washed up to 100 times – after each wash they become even softer and more absorbent! But what’s even better: a bamboo roll can replace up to 60 conventional paper kitchen rolls and protect the environment.

4. Reusable parchment paper

Did you know that baking paper is not only made of paper, but usually also contains silicone? The single-use product is used and thrown away as a matter of course in millions of households, and reusable baking pads have been around for a long timemade of Teflon, which are heat-resistant, non-stick coated and even dishwasher safe. You can even cut these individually to fit the baking pan you want. This means that you produce less waste and save on buying baking paper.

5. Cling balls

Do you know that too? You’re peeling more onions or garlic cloves than you actually need – and you don’t want to throw away the leftovers, but you don’t want to store them in the refrigerator either. To avoid the pungent smell that would slowly spread in the kitchen, the food ends up in the trash even though it’s still good. To avoid this in the future, simply use cling balls: Thanks to the tightly closed halves, your refrigerator remains odorless and the opened food remains stable. And can be reused the next time you cook.  

6. Reusable toastabags 

If you own a toaster, you’ve probably stood by it, cursing, scraping a burnt slice of bread from the grid. This is not only annoying but also unnecessary – with the reusable toastabags you can toast the slices easily and without crumbs in the future. The pockets are particularly useful when you want to make a sandwich with cheese in it. Thanks to the Teflon coating, the sandwich can be heated in the toaster without having to scrape the melted cheese out of the device. You can even heat a slice of pizza in it.

7. Stainless steel soap

Many foods such as onions and garlic, cheese and fish have a strong odor that sticks to our hands for several hours after each touch. Not only is it very unpleasant, it also smells like it. To counteract this, many people resort to chemical soaps, which are supposed to neutralize the odor – and thereby produce a lot of plastic waste. There is a rustproof stainless  steel soap just as effective and, on top of that, durable and environmentally friendly. All you have to do is rub the soap between your hands under running water for a few seconds to remove the odors.

8. Reusable straws

By 2021 at the latest you will no longer be able to buy straws made from plastic: From this year, single-use products will be banned in the EU. In Germany alone, 40 billion plastic straws are used every year. Therefore, straws made from reusable materials such as stainless steel are much more sensible and significantly more environmentally friendlyGlass or silicone. They are very easy to clean, offer the same drinking experience, but do not pollute our seas.

9. Melon cutter

As delicious as watermelons taste, it is also laborious to chop them up: With the knife you often cut out the slices or pieces too generously, so that a lot of pulp ends up in the garbage. Water melons, honeydew melons, papaya and pitaya can be filleted much faster, easier and cleaner with the melon cutter Made of high quality, food grade stainless steel. In just a few seconds, you can cut evenly sized pieces from a wide variety of fruits – without much effort or loss of pulp.

10. Avocado cutter

Again, consuming the delicious pulp involves work that you can save yourself if you have an avocado cutteruse. With this you first remove the core and then cut the inside into six parts – which are ready to serve immediately. The device is dishwasher safe and has an ergonomic silicone handle so that it lies firmly in your hand and you don’t slip off when you want to cut the avocado.


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