The kitchen is supposed to be the one place where everything is very clean so you can handle food safely. Yet many people are unaware that most items we use for cooking and food storage are full of chemicals and toxins that can leach into our food! Below are some easy and useful ideas on how to add more “green” into your daily routine while also avoiding toxic chemicals from sneaking into our next meal.

Reusable Snack Bags ~ Because only about 1-3% of plastic bags end up getting recycled and since plastic is not biodegradable, using a reusable snack bag is a great eco-friendly alternative to help reduce the amount of waste you produce. Take a look at the type of reusable bag you use and check to make sure it is free from harmful chemicals like phthalates. Reusable Straws ~ Many people like to use straws to help keep their teeth clean but with plastic straws being thrown away, we end up getting the environment “dirty” at the expense of “clean” teeth. Instead of using a new straw every time you sip on a colored drink, try using reusable straws made from glass or stainless steel. Reusable Bamboo Utensils ~ Plastic utensils are everywhere: when you order food to-go, at the office, and in schools. They often end up in the trash, so to help avoid this, use reusable utensils made from certified organic bamboo, a sustainable resource that does not jeopardize the environment when it’s grown.

Reusable Food Containers ~ Ever thought about bringing your own container for leftovers when you go out to eat? Instead of packing leftovers in containers provided by restaurants, try packing them in a glass or stainless steel food container—an eco-friendly and safe way to store your food. Reusable Water Bottles ~ Buying a new plastic water bottle every day is neither cost effective nor good for the environment, since bottles are often tossed into trash bins. Switch to reusable water bottles made from BPA free glass or stainless steel as a safe, eco-friendly and non-toxic way to enjoy water and stay hydrated.

100% Certified Organic Lunch Bags ~ Replace brown paper bags and plastic bags with a reusable lunch bag made from 100% certified organic cotton. Methods used to grow organic cotton do not use toxic pesticides or fertilizers and have a lower environmental impact than conventional growing methods.

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