Non-toxic Swaps to Make in Your Kitchen

So what is non-toxic living and why should we care?

We interact with toxins everyday, sometimes in not so obvious places, like our own homes. Plastic can disrupt the endocrine system and cause our hormones to get out of whack. This can lead to consequences, such as unwanted belly fat.

Non-toxic living is making cleaner choices with the products that we use everyday. This can be anything from the tupperware you have in your kitchen to the bar of soap in your bathroom. If you are starting your journey towards nontoxic living, it can be really overwhelming to determine where to start. The approach I like to take is to start with the products that you use the most and then replace items with cleaner options as they run out. This makes the process both less overwhelming and more budget-friendly.

If you missed it, check out my previous post on 6 Ways to Start Your Journey Towards Nontoxic Living. In today’s post, I compiled a list of some easy nontoxic swaps that you can specifically make in your kitchen.

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Measuring Cups

These are commonly plastic. Opt for a stainless steel, ceramic, or glass alternative.

Drinking glasses, plates, and bowls

Ditch the plastic and opt for glass or ceramic options. For glasses, you could also use mason jars. Mason jars can also double as food storage containers. Or try re-purposing an empty glass nut butter jar for food storage. All you need to do is just soak the glass jar in water to remove the label, clean it out, and you have a new food storage container!

Baking Dishes

Similar to pots and pans, nonstick baking sheets and dishes are the worst offenders. Opt for a pyrex baking dish instead.

Storage baggies

Plastic ziplock baggies are commonly seen in many kitchens. Switch to a reusable option. Not only is this a more sustainable and less wasteful option, but also nontoxic! I like brand Stasher bag. These reusable food storage bags can be placed in the freezer and are also dishwasher safe! You can find these at Whole Foods or on Amazon.

Spatulas

Spatulas are commonly made of plastic. Try using a stainless steel or bamboo option instead.

References:

https://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2007/05/ask-ewg-i-am-looking-safer-chemical-free-option-plastic-water-bottles-are

https://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2009/12/healthy-home-tips-your-holiday-kitchen

https://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2016/09/5-ways-protect-your-hormones-toxic-chemicals

https://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2009/12/healthy-home-tips-your-holiday-kitchen

https://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2011/12/tis-season-being-green-kitchen

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Hi, I’m Mel! I’m so excited to have you visit my page! I am a Masters candidate at Columbia University, studying Nutrition Education. Following the program, I will pursue RD accreditation. I love all things health and wellness and am a firm believer in eating real food. I am here to share easy, healthy, and delicious recipes! There is a common misconception that eating healthy is bland and unappetizing, but it doesn’t have to be! I truly believe that eating healthy can be fun and delicious and I hope that my recipes show you how. I also share tips on nontoxic living. I hope you follow along 😊

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