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Busy lives can cause us to be more wasteful in the kitchen than we mean to be. From using way too many single-use paper towels and plastic bags to acquiring enough food waste to feed a small village, all of these issues add up. These habits are harmful to the environment and aren’t kind to our budgets either. These green alternatives cost the most upfront, but if you use them consistently, you will see the price savings and prevent several pounds of garbage from heading to the dump.

Wrap Sandwiches, Leftovers in Beeswax Wraps You Can Use Over and Over

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3 Pieces Beeswax Food Wrap – Sale Price: $17.17-$17.99 | Reg. Price: $19.99

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Forget the annoying plastic cling wrap and aluminum foil and wrap your food in a reusable beeswax wrap. Plus, how much cuter is it to dress your lunch in these cute designs?!

Another Easy Plastic Bag Replacement That Saves Money and the Earth

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Variety Food Saving Reusable Bag Set of 10 – Sale Price: $24.14 | Reg. Price: $27.50

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Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture. Be part of the solution by reusing bags for your leftovers, snacks and more. Even better, glass food storage containers will last you many years to come and are safe to heat and freeze multiple times.

Prevent Food Waste and Organize Your Fridge With Brilliant TikTok Hack

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Glass Mason Jars (12 Pack) – Reg. Price: $19.99

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I was motivated by several TikTok videos to prep all of my produce in glass mason jars. It could not be easier, and I felt silly for not thinking of this earlier. Sure enough, placing my berries and cucumber wedges in glass mason jars made them look prettier in my fridge, made them last longer and my family and I ate them before they went slimy.

End Your Paper Towel Habit With Reusable Look-alike Bamboo Towels

Bamboo Towels - Heavy Duty Machine Washable Reusable Rayon Towels

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Bamboo Towels – Reg. Price: $9.49

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It is so easy to keep grabbing a paper towel every time we need to mop up a quick spill or dry our hands when we are in a hurry. While using cleaning cloths to do most of your kitchen cleaning is wonderful, this roll of bamboo paper towels looks and feels like the paper towel convenience you’re used to. Even better, each sheet is a lot thicker than a regular paper towel and can be thrown in the wash with your other towels.

Stop Using Paper Coffee Filters and Also Save Money

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Reusable K Cups For Keurig – Sale Price: $8.09 | Reg. Price: $8.99 for 6

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Yes, cleaning up coffee grinds in the early hours of the morning is annoying, but it really does not take that much time and can even save you money. Using reusable coffee filters for your brewer or reusable K Cups for Keurig machines means no extra paper filters. Just dump the coffee grinds in your compost or add them directly to the soil in your garden.

Composting Food Scraps Is Easier Than You Think

EPICA Stainless Steel Compost Bin 1.3 Gallon-Includes Charcoal Filter

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1.3 Gal. Kitchen Composter – Reg. Price: $29.95

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Speaking of compost, saving your scraps can be done effortlessly and smell-free on your kitchen counter. This silver and sleek compost bin can hold a week’s worth of food scraps until you are ready to transfer them to a bigger outdoor compost.

A Silicone Straw Is the Easiest Green Move and Saves the Sea for $10

Flathead Reusable Silicone Drinking Straws with Travel Case Cleaning Brush

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Flathead Reusable Silicone Drinking Straws With Travel Case Cleaning Brush – Reg. Price: $8.95

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In my house, we use a lot of straws — probably around seven a day. Our favorite are these reusable silicone straws from Amazon that are just the right size to enjoy daily smoothies and protein shakes. Think of how much plastic you see on the beach. With this straw, you can be part fo the solution to save our oceans for less than $10.
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Ashley Eneriz

I am a lifestyle and personal finance writer based in SoCal and have been a freelance writer since way before working remotely was the new norm. Being a wife and a mom to three young awesome kids, I have made it a regular habit to check out Slickdeals (even before joining the SD content team) to help fill up my pantry and gift closet for 50-70% off retail prices. As a family of five, we go through snacks, gifts, and toilet paper at an alarming rate, so I love a good deal and am also not afraid to dig through a thrift store to score incredible finds. When not writing about amazing deals to help people save and cool things on sale, I am taking care of my three girls, homeschooling, or stuck with my nose in a book. Sometimes, at the same time.