Avoid Eating Out by Greening Out

Kitchen storage, accessories and appliances now have green options that awaken the cook in all of us and inspire us to skip eating out.


This hand spun glass pitcher gives it a one-of-a-kind look ($60)


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The kitchen brings family, friends and neighbors together. It is a place to share a meal and get to know one another. While preparing for a meal, many eco-friendly kitchen products are available to save energy and reduce waste.

Glass Drinking Straws – Reusable and washable, these straws are made from the strongest glass available to avoid breakage, are microwave-safe, and avoid waste of a plastic straw for every drink. ($24)

Bag-E-Wash Plastic Bag Washer – Plastic storage bags become sanitized, dry and reusable after one wash in the dishwasher with the Bag-E-Wash. The EPA reported that Americans threw away more than 3.3 million tons of plastic storage bags in 2000 and only 5.4 percent were recovered and recycled. ($11)

Biodegradable Euro Sponge – These surprisingly stylish sponges are durable and 100 percent biodegradable (made from cellulose harvested from renewable tree farms Norway), and its packaging waste is designed to be turned into a bird feeder. ($22)

Recycled Bike Chain Bottle Opener – This useful kitchen accessory is made from an old bike chain and a bike’s cog piece. Get people talking in the kitchen with this interesting conversation piece. ($10)

Cotton String Bags – This Euro-influenced bag can hold up to 40 pounds but can also be folded to fit in a pocket. It is made from unbleached, organic cotton. ($32)

Recycled Glass Pitcher – Natural Home’s eco-friendly kitchen product is hand spun and is made from 100 percent recycled glass. ($60)

More about green kitchens

• Check out our Best for Kitchen guide.

• Grow an herb garden in your windowsill!

• Can you resist this Flourless Chocolate Ganache Tart?