Posted: May 06, 2013 9:00 AM
Look around your kitchen — how much plastic are you using? The greener we get, the less we need to have cupboards, lunchboxes and refrigerators filled with plastic. These products will help you get to a plastic-free kitchen once and for all. And yes, we're even talking about every mom's beloved plastic storage bags!

Take a plastic inventory

Take a tour of your kitchen cupboards — how much plastic are you stocking away? There are some items that are potentially unavoidable — the salad spinner probably gets a pass, as well as your little one's cups (remember to go BPA-free!), but as for the rest of it? It's time to show plastic the door. Go on a hunt for all things plastic, and then put it all back in your cupboards — after all, a plastic-free Rome wasn't built in a day. Start with the pieces that you use most, slowly replacing your plastic storage containers, camping plates, summer glasses and spatulas with plastic-free counterparts.

Making a lifestyle change

While it's easy to physically replace the plastic in your kitchen, it's not as easy to change your habits. Nobody will deny that plastic is convenient and, it's part of our everyday lives — plastic baggies for lunches, containers for leftovers to take to work, even those plastic bags that you use to carry produce home from the grocery store. Cutting down on your plastic usage will take effort and intentional moves in the non-plastic direction. Start by replacing things, piece by piece, and make sure you purchase replacement items that are realistic for your lifestyle. Once you get in the habit of using other materials in your kitchen, you'll be itching to find plastic products around the rest of your home to ditch!

The solutions

plastic free kitchen solutions

LUNCHBOX^Don't just take plastic out of the lunchbox, get rid of the plastic lunchbox all together! Bento boxes are all the rage in lunching, so making the switch won't be hard. Check out one of the original bentos, PlanetBox ($50), which are made of stainless steel. Each box comes with magnets to dress it up and carrying cases are also available.

Fridge^Once you get hooked on glass refrigerator storage, instead of plastic, you won't look back. Move them from the fridge to the oven to the fridge again to the microwave without having to switch containers in between. The Refrigerator Storage Collection (Crate & Barrel, $10 and up) is a good place to start.

Picnic Basket^Getting rid of your beloved plastic baggies may be the hardest step of all. Replace them with Itzy Ritzy Snack Happens Reusable Snack and Everything Bags ($10). They can hold anything from grapes to crackers and, here's the best part, they're washable! Do you hear angels singing?

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