7 Reusable Kitchen Essentials to Ditch Plastic for Good

It's time to break the cycle of buying plastic kitchen products for your home, and these seven ingenious items below are the perfect place to start. Not only will you save money—everything combined costs less than $125—you'll also feel better about the small ways using sustainable products makes a big impact on the environment.

Glass food container with divider and an airtight snap lid. photo

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The Best Glass Food Container

Instead of buying yet another flimsy set of plastic containers, start fresh with a long-lasting glass food container. It features an airtight snap lid and a divider in the middle, which makes it perfect for packing lunches. When you're done, simply put it in the dishwasher for an easy clean—you'll never have to worry about it getting warped by the heat.

To Buy: $15

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Bamboo flatware set that comes with chopsticks, fork, knife, spoon, straw, cleaning brush, and a charcoal gray travel pouch. photo

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The Best Bamboo Flatware

When you're on the go, swap the plastic take-out cutlery for this eco-friendly bamboo flatware set. It comes with a fork, knife, spoon, straw, chopsticks, a cleaning brush, and a travel pouch. Hand wash this set to retain its quality.

To Buy: $19

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The Best Reusable Produce Bags

Skip those crepey plastic sleeves at the grocery store and bring your own reusable mesh bags to carry produce instead. This set includes two small, four medium, and two large bags that you can use for laundry, storage, or packed snacks when you aren't heading to the market. Toss them in the washing machine on gentle cycle as needed and hang them up to dry.

To Buy: $13

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Durable stainless steel thermos with brand logo printed on the front photo

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The Best Stainless Steel Thermos

Whether you need to keep your soup hot or your iced coffee cold, this stainless steel thermos is up for the task. Take it to work or pack it in your child's school lunch—the double wall insulation will maintain the contents' temperature for several hours. Bonus: The spill-proof lid helps minimize mess.

To Buy: $29

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Four-pack of silicone storage bags with a variety of food in each one. photo

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The Best Silicone Storage Bags

Over 11 million Americans used 21 or more plastic sandwich bags in a single week in 2017. To prevent unnecessary waste, freeze your fruits and veggies in these reusable silicone storage bags. They have airtight seals and are durable enough to use in the microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, and freezer.

To Buy: $19 (usually $26)

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Set of six stainless steel drinking straws fanned out with two brush cleaners. photo

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The Best Stainless Steel Straws

National chains like Starbucks are starting to ban plastic straws, which play a part in killing over 100 million marine animals each year. You can be more environmentally friendly wherever you go thanks to these stainless steel straws that are bent at the tip for easy sipping. This set of six also comes with two cleaning brushes.

To Buy: $8 (usually $10)

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The Best Organic Food Wraps

With this set of three organic cotton food wraps, it is possible to replace traditional plastic wrap. Each wrap is biodegradable and can be reused 120–150 times on average. Just rinse it with cold water and it's ready for another round.

To Buy: $18 for three

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