Vegan and more Eco Friendly Kitchen Items

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Buying things for your kitchen cupboards can be a little tricky. You want something durable but also something that is environmentally friendly, also there’s the issue of whether it is vegan or not? For example animal bones in china and porcelain. You can never quite tell what’s in your kitchen plates, bowls, cups etc.

Coconut Bowls

Although I don’t like to buy unnecessarily, if something does need replacing, I want to ensure I’ve made a more sustainable choice. The first product I would like to talk about is the very ‘Instagram-able’ Coconut Bowls. Billions of coconut shells are discarded in a landfill or are burned as waste. Coconut Bowls, reclaim shells and turn them into eco-friendly bowls that are food safe, reusable and durable. They have the bowls in a few designs/finishes and also sell spoons and forks. So why is it the better option?

  • If for whatever reason they break or you need to discard them, they are 100% biodegradable
  • Each bowl is unique as no two coconuts are the same!
  • 100% made from coconuts and are crafted by hand
  • Choosing plant materials over plastic or other materials is so much cleaner, greener and sustainable for the planet

I’ve had these for quite a few months now and love using them! They’re the perfect size for my morning oats, cereal and lunches.

KeepCup

I’m sure most people have heard of the company KeepCup and there sure are many other re-usable mug companies out there. However, aesthetically I really like KeepCup designs and also they were designed by baristas, so I feel that ergonomically and in terms of keeping coffee tasting great, that this is brand I want to support. I’ve got two KeepCups- the original 8oz size (which closely resembles the internal volume of an independent speciality coffee house cup) and the other one I have is the large 18 oz size, which is particularly good for iced drinks:

KeepCup 8oz Sea Shepherd Original* and KeepCup Original 16oz Custard Apple

*15% of Sea Shepherd KeepCup sales go to Sea Shepherd Australia.

KeepCup’s are great because-
  • The polypropylene cup, lid and plug are BPA and BPS free
  • 100% recyclable at the end of their life
  • Quite often coffee shops will give you discount if you bring in a KeepCup/re-usable cup
  • Dishwasher safe

Madam Stoltz Bamboo Mugs

Although not from a particularly ‘green’ or ‘eco’ orientated company, I have recently picked up some new bamboo mugs by the Danish brand Madam Stoltz. I got them from an independent store in Lewes called Perrymans. Quite a few of my mugs are chipped and I have been gifted a few ‘bone china’ mugs which I don’t feel comfortable using, so I thought I would replace these with 2 of these bamboo mugs.

Although I am not sure on how the bamboo used in these mugs are sourced, I do know that generally bamboo:

  • Quickly grows back once it has been cut
  • Is grown without pesticides or fertilisers
  • Produces 35% more oxygen than other trees
  • Is carbon neutral and sequesters carbon dioxide
  • Has lower environmental impact than other forms of fibre, especially synthetic ones

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Here are just 3 easy switches to make what you eat and drink from more sustainable and eco-friendly. Bar the Keep Cups, please use your current serve ware for as long as you can and replace them with more sustainable choices when you really need too. There’s not much point throwing away plastic and other materials to the landfill if nothing is wrong with them!

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