You ditched plastic straws—go you. But when it comes to your kitchen, we bet there are even more eco-friendly swaps you can make. Because it’s time to ditch the paper towels and plastic wrap, here are 20 products to up your sustainability game.

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1. Dot and Army Unpaper Towels

It’s time to officially ditch the roll. Unlike paper, you can machine-wash and reuse these cotton towels—in fact, they get more absorbent after each cycle.

Buy it ($50 for 15)


2. Five Two Organic Cotton Reusable Produce Bags

Those individual produce bags at the grocery are never decomposing; these, made from cotton, will never see a landfill. Pack them when you head to the store.

Buy it ($29 for 8)


3. Frego Plastic-Free Glass and Silicone Food Container

Glass storage containers are definitely pricier than plastic, but they’ll last forever and won’t hold onto stains from that one time you had chili. These have a silicone sleeve to protect against the inevitable countertop drop.

Buy it ($15)


4. Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag

Plastic baggies have nothing on these babies, which are dishwasher-, microwave- and freezer-safe, and won’t end up strangling a turtle in the ocean. (Plus, do the single-use ones come in cool ombré colors? We didn’t think so.)

Buy it ($12)


5. Package Free x Abeego 3-Piece Reusable Beeswax Wrap Variety Pack

These cotton-beeswax sheets can be used to wrap up cheese, produce and bread, or to cover bowls and containers. They’re plastic-free, can be washed and reused, and will last for about a year. (Plus, they’re cuter than Saran.)

Buy it ($18)

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6. Misto Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer

Cooking spray is a lifesaver in the kitchen; the cans it comes in, not so much. Switching to a reusable alternative means you’ll eliminate the aerosol fumes and save a few cans from ending up in a landfill.

Buy it ($10)


7. W&P Porter Portable Ceramic Lunch Bowl

We love a desk salad as much as the next person, but those plastic containers they come in? No thanks. This lunch container comes in a rainbow of color options (in ceramic or plastic!), and each purchase supports food education in public schools through the brand’s partnership with Edible Schoolyard NYC.

Buy it ($40)


8. Andrée Jardin French Block Dish Soap and Dish Brush

We know, we know, a liquid dish soap is über concentrated and convenient. But all that plastic it comes in? Get outta here. These chic bar soaps smell positively dreamy (in scents like sage & basil and mint lemon), lather up with just a splash of water and come with a natural-fiber brush for scrubbing away grime.

Buy it ($40)


9. Five Two Compostable Sponge Cloths

Each cloth—similar to a Swedish dish cloth—is made of plant fibers and is printed with water-based ink, so it’ll decompose within six weeks in a home compost. Take that, cellulose sponge.

Buy it ($29 for 10)

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10. Food Huggers Reusable Silicone Food Savers

Save that half an onion (or lemon, banana, etcetera) while you save the planet.

Buy it ($9 for 4)

Bed Bath & Beyond

11. Keurig My K-Cup Universal Reusable Ground Coffee Filter

If you’re still riding the single-cup train, you can swap those expensive plastic cups for this reusable gadget, which works with any standard coffee grounds.

Buy it ($15; $12)

Bed Bath & Beyond

12. Rezip 3-Piece Stand-Up Leakproof Reusable Storage Bag Kit

A variety of sizes means they’re versatile—use the big guys for soups in the freezer and the little ones for snacks in your work bag.

Buy it ($9)


13. Dot and Army Reusable Pot Scrubbers

Unlike your standard yellow and green scrubbie, these nylon scrubbers can be tossed in the washer and reused again and again.

Buy it ($32 for 5)


14. FORID Compostable Trash Bags

Like we said, plastic is forever. It can take 1,000 years for one bag to decompose…these break down in weeks.

$20 at Amazon


15. Ball Glass Mason Jar with Lid and Band

We give you permission to be that person and pack your lunch in a mason jar.

$30 at Amazon


16. Utopia Kitchen Glass Food Storage Container Set

Oven-safe, freezer-safe and meal-prep approved.

$29 at Amazon

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17. Vejibag Cotton Vegetable Crisper Bag

Remember that kale you put in the crisper a week ago? It’s no longer crisp. This environmentally conscious pouch lets your veggies breathe, so they stay fresh for longer (and don’t turn to slime in a plastic bag).

Buy it ($20)

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18. Capabunga 7-Pocket Farmers Market Tote

Paper or plastic? How about a reusable tote that can hold up to 35 pounds and has—wait for it—pockets?

Buy it ($50)


19. Five Two Airtight Silicone Lids

These reusable, food-safe silicone disks will replace plastic wrap for fridge leftovers and aluminum foil for reheating, and they’re microwave- and oven-safe. You can even use them to replace a missing skillet lid.

Buy it ($40)

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20. Utopia Kitchen Flour Sack Dish Towels

Use them to dry hands, wipe counters, whatever.

$15 at Amazon

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