Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese

Sustainable Kitchen Gear


cookingIn most cases, college students living on their own for the first time take whatever they can get when it comes to kitchenware. That probably means taking some from mom and dad, or possibly finding free stuff via craigslist. Having followed the same route myself, I am completely understanding of this phenomena. Sometimes circumstances render the ideal unattainable. But if you are looking to sustainablize your kitchen gear, look below for three areas that may be improvable.

Plates & Utensils

If you need new forks, spoons, knives and the like, try to avoid utensils made of plastic or teflon, which contain harmful chemicals that could leach into your food. Instead, shoot for utensils made out of stainless steel, wood, or the extra cool option of bamboo. If you’re living in a dorm, it’s easy to fall into the habit of paper plates; keeping your own around is a hassle; it’s not like you have a convenient place to clean them. But if you eat in your room frequently and feel up to the challenge, try investing in some more permanent dishware. You could become known as the weird person who washes their dishes in the bathroom (it’s not like that’s the worst thing to be known by), and this could lead to some fun conversations.

Buy Healthier Pots and Pans

I didn’t know this, but non-stick pots and pans can produce toxic fumes that could potentially cause flu-like symptoms. Cast iron or stainless steel cookware is the safer option here.

Reusable Napkins

The idea seems simple yet it isn’t something I’d thought of until reading about them; we’re pretty locked into the routine of disposable napkins. But investing in reusable napkins could mean saving a ton of paper long-term. Plus, it makes the dinner table feel more like a restaurant.

What do you use in the kitchen (if you have one)? May you all have a wondrous three day weekend.

2 thoughts on “Sustainable Kitchen Gear

  1. I have been trying to slowly make the change to more sustainable kitchen items and have been largely successful. However, I keep thinking about switching over to reusable napkins, but I’ve been unable to find any that were both suitable and in my price range. Do you have any suggestions on where to find good ones at a reasonable price?