6 new compostable kitchen products to add to your arsenal

6 new compostable kitchen products to add to your arsenal

My mom kept throwing banana peels out of the car window and shouting, “They’re biodegradable!” (Don’t do that) and then she went home and covered enchiladas with plastic shower caps that may have dissolved into microplastic that fish will devour. You know this is happening, don’t you? THEN WE EAT THE FISH AND THE SMALL PLASTICS. In my most skeptical moments – especially after seeing this John Oliver post about companies making nothing more than a PR shout about their plastic waste – I think it’s too late. We ruined everything. But that’s a terrible way of thinking. We (people + companies) can all use less plastic, period. It’s easier than ever.

However, the truth about “compostable” and “biodegradable” goods is that many of them are unlikely to become mulch in your tomato pots in the garden. Some of these new products have to go to commercial composting facilities for processing. Fortunately, many cities have these facilities, including my Ann Arbor. Call the huge smelly compost bin, bigger than my trash can, which is swarmed by flies in my driveway. Love this guy.

These new kitchen products are cool and compostable. Check them out and text your city council so you can get a cute, smelly compost bin like mine.

A new company, Compostic, sent me their green-tinted cling film (they also make plastic bags) to try out and I was careful that they wouldn’t hold a beeswax candle on my Glad packaging. But it’s proven to be clingy. The jagged edge where you tear the foil off isn’t that sharp, which makes tearing open each perforated sheet a little difficult and a little annoying. (I understand why – the box itself can be composted.) Unlike other compostable goods, the company says this packaging can disintegrate “faster than an orange peel” in your garden bucket. I wrap pieces of cheese in it.

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After a record breaking year of selling wipes to warehouse customers, Clorox returned with a new compostable version of its handy cleaning wipes. These consist of “hydrated silicon dioxide” and “vegetable cloth”. No word yet on which plant this is, but these can end up in your garden compost if they make up no more than 10 percent of your compost heap. (A rough side note: you won’t be able to compost these if you are using them to clean up non-compostable things like cat puke or potty training …

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Clorox compostable cleaning wipes

These spongy, superabsorbent, plant fiber-based towels, also known as “Swedish Tea Towels,” are my favorite things to use to wipe my kitchen countertops because they don’t puddle like other sponges. They get a little gnarled, a little gray, after a few weeks of use, but you can throw them in the wash to revive them. If they really die, you can compost them (either backyard or communal).

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Food52 Compostable sponge cloths

You now have around 347 options for anything but ziploc bags, from silicone zip-top bags to jam jars? But certain situations require something light, reliably quick, and okay when thrown (group snacks, field trips, etc.). Responsible’s zippered bags feel like crumple real plastic, are tinted green and do their job. These cannot end up in the garden compost bin, so dispose of them at your city or municipality. Responsible also makes plates, to-go cups and bins, garbage bags and utensils, and offers wholesale quantities for businesses or someone throwing a party for 1000.

Responsible Products Zippered Bags

It’s hard to find an eco-friendly sponge that can rival Scrub Mommy. But those coconut shell scrubbers are getting closer. They are biodegradable and while they look sturdy, they won’t scratch your dishes. One reviewer boldly says, “I’m not going back to the sponge.” Note these may fall off a bit – but that’s what sink strainers are for. For tougher crusts in your pans, try a bamboo scraper with a clever rounded edge that our art director loves (no spillage!).

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This bamboo + sugarcane cutlery is very cute and comes in the cheeriest blue – but it also takes two years to compost which to consider when deciding how to use it. On the flip side, because they’re so sturdy, you can actually throw them in the dishwasher, and Food52 says they can handle around 400 washes. These would have come in handy when I had my nieces with me and took one of my stainless steel saber fork and started stabbing the brick patio. Give that kid some compostable cutlery!

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Reusable and biodegradable Astrik cutlery

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Amanda Litchford

Making delicious meals and researching products has inspired me as a stay at home mom to start this website in helping out others who don’t have the time or expertise in the kitchen.

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