Paper products for the kitchen, saving money and the environment too!
It would be really difficult for any of us to give up our dependency on paper products in the kitchen. They are definitely giant helpers in providing us with storage, convenience, sanitation, and mobility of food. But, we do have options to make our choices more environmentally friendly. Here are a few things I have discovered that have become part of my personal kitchen collection of disposable paper products.
A company that originates in Finland called If You Care produces a line of very good products that are inexpensive as well as earth friendly. Their line includes: pre-cut parchment paper, large baking cups (for cupcakes & muffins), coffee filters, and recycled aluminum foil. Their paper products are all made of unbleached paper, which means there is no chlorine in the papers to leach into the soil or water after they go to the landfill. In addition, they are non-toxic when incinerated. These papers are low in cost and come in a natural tan color rather than white.
Another company from Sacramento, California is called Natural Value. Their products include a very reliable and inexpensive natural waxed paper, which again is unbleached and will perform as well as any bleached paper. I have found both of these company’s products at Sunflower Market.
I am still searching for a paper towel product from recycled or unbleached paper that truly is absorbent. Meanwhile, my personal choice for now is Bounty’s…Select-A-Size.
These towels are perforated to allow cutting ½ size towels, which is really all we need for small jobs. Used correctly, a roll will last longer, and save you dollars. A favorite in the foil world is Reynold’s Wrappers which are precut sheets of foil that eliminate cutting and tearing which often cause frustration and waste. Although this product is yet to be manufactured from recycled aluminum, it is certainly easy to toss in a recycling bin for disposal.
My final suggestion for paper use is to be watchful of how much paper your family uses to dry hands. Children can be taught at home to conserve, using a cut just large enough for their small hands, in hopes that they learn a life time habit to do their part in creating less trash for this world!