13 Zero-Waste Kitchen Buys Under $20

Save money and the planet with these eco-friendly products you'll love using time and time again.

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January 18, 2021

Contrary to popular belief, switching your wasteful plastic kitchen products to reusable products isn't costly. In the long run, you'll actually save money — no more constantly buying sandwich bags, cling wrap or coffee filters. Plus, you're saving the planet. That alone should be worth it. From the best reusable bags to the best alternatives to plastic wrap, we've compiled a list of our favorite low-waste kitchen products.

$18 (Set of 3)

Better for the environment than disposable plastic, these reusable wraps are great for covering large bowls, dishes, baked goods, cheese, fruits and more. Use the warmth of your hands to soften the organic cotton wrap and create a seal over the food or dishware you wish to cover. When cool, the wrap holds its shape, keeping your food fresh longer.

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$9.99 - $19.99

Be kind to your wallet and the environment with our favorite reusable food storage bags from Stasher. They're made of non-toxic, hypoallergenic and temperature-resistant silicone, a healthier alternative to plastic, and are safe for the dishwasher, microwave, freezer and temperatures up to 400 degrees. The airtight seal locks in flavors, nutrients and freshness. They come in several sizes and colors and can be used outside of the kitchen for any storage needs like toiletries, puzzle pieces or electronic cables. You can finally say goodbye to the plastic baggies you're always needing to restock.

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The Last Food Storage Bags You'll Ever Need to Buy

Make reducing single-use plastic easy with these reusable toxin-free silicone bags perfect for packing lunches, freezing foods, sous vide cooking and so much more.

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$12.99 (Set of 4)

Another great reusable product for storing leftovers or snacks instead of plastic bags are these collapsible BPA-free silicone containers. When not in use, they basically take up no room in cabinets and drawers, and they're dishwasher and microwave safe.

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$12.95 (Set of 5)

One of the most significant contributions to landfills in the U.S. is food waste. Cut back on plastic wrap, foil and plastic bags with reusable silicone food savers. Just push your leftover fruit or veggie gently into the food-grade silicone Food Hugger, and it will wrap itself snuggly around your leftovers to keep them fresh. These wraps also work on jars and small containers.

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$12.87 (Set of 6)

There's no need to mess around with plastic wrap or aluminum foil with these stretchable silicone covers in your kitchen arsenal. They stretch to twice their size to fit various containers and will return to their original shape once removed. Simply toss them in the dishwasher to wash them for next time.

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$9.29 (Set of 12)

The only thing sweeter than a baby with a pouch of applesauce is when said pouch features a fun, feathered friend. Grab a set of reusable squeeze pouches for your toddler, and we guarantee the adorable owl will be a hit.

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$10.95 (Set of 8)

If you're living behind a shroud of shame due to the alarming amount of plastic coffee pods you use daily, we've found a solution for you. Quit your dirty habit cold turkey and opt for a set of these cute, colorful BPA-free coffee pods. These fit most Kuerig models and are dishwasher safe.

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If you're more of a pour-over kind of coffee drinker, you don't have to sacrifice flavor to be sustainable. This organic cloth filter sits nicely on top of your pour-over carafe. Just compost the grounds, rinse the filter and you're ready to brew your next batch.

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This collapsible straw is stainless steel and expands like a telescope to be a 9.25-inch straw. A cleaning brush, stored inside the straw, also extends the same way, and both fit neatly inside the lipstick-sized carrying case, available in several sleek metallic finishes.

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Minimize your plastic straw usage by adding one of these stylish eco-friendly straws — from reusable stainless steel to biodegradable wheat — to your online shopping cart.

$15.63 (Set of 3)

We found the perfect alternative to paper towels: these Swedish dishcloths made of 70-percent cellulose wood pulp and 30-percent cotton. They absorb up to 15 times their own weight and last longer than an average cotton dishcloth. Use them for dishes, counters, stovetops, tabletops and even for shower doors, mirrors and windows. Simply wash in the dishwasher or washing machine when necessary. They come in several fun patterns, and we love this cheerful lemon one.

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$5.49 - $20.50

If you've already ditched single-use plastic water bottles but don't always remember or want to bring a reusable one with you, we found a solution. This flexible BPA-free water bottle from Vapur is foldable and rolls up to fit inside a carabiner when empty. It can attach to any purse or bag, holds one liter of water, weighs two ounces empty and is top-rack dishwasher safe.

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$17.99 (Set of 10)

Avoid the single-use plastic bags at grocery stores by bringing your own reusable bags like these colorful ones that can hold 50 pounds worth of groceries. Plus, they're machine washable.

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$20 (Set of 6)

These durable produce bags are made from certified organic cotton with a double drawstring closure that fits everything from apples to bananas and comes in small, medium and large sizes. The lightweight construction folds up for easy packing, so you'll never need to touch the plastic produce bag dispenser at the grocery store again.

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