Single-Use Plastic-Free Kitchen Essentials
For Less Mess & Less Waste
I had no idea before becoming a mother just how many hours a day would be dedicated to feeding my child. As a newborn and infant, that time was spent breastfeeding, and then bottle training. When we introduced solids, hours quickly slipped away coming up with nutritious meals that my son would (sometimes) eat. Trying and often failing is frustrating but the waste associated is nothing short of infuriating. Here, then, is a round up of some of our favorite sustainable and ethical products that make meal time just a wee bit easier with your little one.
A child’s transition from a bottle to a cup is liberating and frustrating in equal measure. No more cleaning nipples or leaky bottles, but now you join a cast of parents trying frantically to find a cup their child can actually figure out and that doesn’t drip. Enter the Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup. It tips and sips just like a bottle, but is made from BPA-free stainless steel. The family owned B-Corporation is committed to producing the highest quality products for your entire family.
Shop Online | $17.95
Then of course there are all those times when you forget that one magical sippy cup, or any cup at all for that matter. Enter the Boon Snug Spout. A supple lid that can stretch over any available cup (or jar). The stretchy silicone is durable, easy to clean, reusable, and is generally considered to be the product of a fairly environmentally-friendly production process. Slip one in your bag, your car, your stroller and you won’t find yourself scrambling to quench their thirst ever again.
Shop Online | $9.99 for 3
If you are only just beginning to explore solid foods with your little one, you may find yourself shrugging off any need to invest in new dinnerware. A small plate already in your cabinet should do just fine, right? Wrong. When the first plate breaks and you resign to a few more purchases, look no further than this bamboo dinnerware by Bobo & Boo. Sustainable, nontoxic, and biodegradable, it’s a safe, durable, and attractive option available in every shape and size.
Shop Online | $19.95
Add to your arsenal a pack of stainless steel straws and you’ll keep all the bases covered. For those thicker smoothies for which sippy cups just won’t do, a pack of straws will round out your arsenal of meal time tools. Easy to sterilize, durable, and reusable, these straws can also be slipped in silverware drawers, bags, and glove compartments so you don’t find yourself turning to plastic straws all over town.
Shop Online | $7.59 for 8
In recent years, baby food that came in recyclable jars is now readily available in non-recyclable and all-too-convenient packets. If you’re the parent of an infant or toddler, it’s likely you have packets of easy nutrition squirreled away in cabinets and corners. Try swapping out the store bought variety for a few homemade ones to reduce your footprint. There are a plethora of refillable packets available online which you can easily fill with your own recipes for the same convenience and significantly less waste.
Shop Online | $16.99 for 6
Meal time is so much easier when your little one is comfortable and contained. No need to trip over obscenely large high chairs which are quickly outgrown anyway. The Mountain Buggy Pod Highchair collapses for easy storage, can be slipped into any suitcase or stroller (for both a home, travel and restaurant solution!), and comes in a range of colors for any kitchen decor.
Shop Online | $59.99
Kassia Binkowski is a Contributing Editor at The Good Trade and the Founder of One K Creative. She grew up in Madison, WI and traveled her way around the world to Boulder, CO which she now calls home. Nestled against the Rocky Mountains, Kassia supports innovative organizations from Colorado to Kathmandu tell their stories of social change through writing, photography, and design. Kassia is an eternal optimist and forever a backroad wanderer.