Making small (stocking stuffer sized) changes to our daily habits can make a big impact in our fight to protect our planet. If we aren’t careful, a lot of the products we use for cooking and meal prep can end up in landfills and oceans for generations. I was inspired over the past year to limit my use of plastics after seeing the images coming from Micro Mahalo.
Here’s a list of our favorite 10 sustainable stocking stuffers for the kitchen! From cleaning supplies and containers to kitchen tools and coasters, there’s something for everyone!
Micro Mahalo is an inspiring company started by Stephanie, a Navy wife stationed in Hawaii. She collects the micro plastics that wash up on the beaches of Oahu and uses them to create colorful gifts with an important mission. Check out her instagram images @micromahalo to see the devastation micro plastics are having on our most beautiful beaches.
Any of the products from Micro Mahalo would make great stocking stuffers. Her product line is full of perfect stocking stuffers. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of the coaster sets. They are a great statement piece for entertaining. She has other great products like keychains, magnets, bookmarks, and even fun domino sets.
These are a brand new find for me. The minute I saw them I knew I had to give them a try. How often do you cut a lemon and only need half? You know you’ll use the other half very soon but what do you do in the meantime? Put it in a plastic bag? NO! Slip one of these silicone food huggers on the cut side and slide it right back in the fridge. They are easy to wash and completely eliminate the use of plastic. Win, win if you ask me!
Mesh Produce Bags
These are one of my favorite ways to use less plastic. Those produce bags that have a lifespan of about an hour, only getting food from the shelf to your fridge, can be avoided. The mesh bags come in different sizes to fit your produce needs. I just throw them in with my reusable bags and that way I never forget them. They are easy to wash and I think they protect the produce better, too.
Natural Fiber Dish Brushes
I honestly had no idea that my dish wand and brush were having a negative impact on the oceans. Tiny micro fibers from the scrub brush break off and wash down the drain and into the water supply. An easy fix, natural fiber dish brushes. Now you might be thinking, who wants to open a dish scrub brush as a gift? Once you see how beautiful they can be you might think differently. I know I like their natural look in my kitchen better than those plastic ones.
Swedish Dish Rags
These might be one of my favorite sustainable items to gift. I love them as part of a basket for a hostess gift, tucked into a gift bag, or tied up with a cookbook. These little zero-waste clothes are made from sustainable materials, are machine washable, and eliminate a ton of paper towel waste. These are fun to gift year round! The seasonal patterns and graphics mean you can choose something specific to each friend on your list. The winter or holiday themed graphics are always so adorable.
Stasher Storage Bags
By now most of us have heard about silicone food storage bags but they needed one more shout out. I have been using these bags for a couple years now, and I can’t remember the last time I used a plastic zipper-lock bag. It’s a great feeling and I want to pass that on to everyone on my list.
Mini Glass Storage Jars
Sure these little jars are perfect for your brother who just had a baby but they can be used for so much more! They are perfect for dressing, dips, or hummus while packing lunches, great for a little trail mix, or for making your own yogurt and fruit cups. The opportunities are endless and they are completely plastic-free.
Silicone Muffin Cups
Silicone muffin liners are a fun little stocking stuffer to add to anyone’s stocking. Adults like them for the obvious muffin baking but kids love them for little snack cups or to add to lunch boxes as dividers. They come in a rainbow of colors adding fun for kids and grown ups.
Blueland Dish Washer Tablets & Dish Soap
These are such a game changer for our environment. Think about all the single-use plastic being used for dishwasher pods and dish soap. These plastics get used up and thrown out quickly, but stick around for generations. Blueland has designed plastic free packaging and a subscription service that sends these essentials right to your door.
I love the dishwasher pods. They leave my dishes sparkling clean and come in an attractive metal container to store under my sink. Grab the starter kit, complete with metal canister and a couple refill packs for the person on your list who “has everything”. While you’re at it, check out their laundry tabs and hand soap tabs, as well. Think about all the plastic you’ll be avoiding!
Earlywood Kitchen Utensils
I was gifted a set of Earlywood wooden spatulas last Christmas and they have easily become my most beloved cooking utensil. I recommend buying two, large flat sauté spatulas because they can do double duty as spatulas and beautiful salad servers. Why do we love all things Earlywood? Simple. They are hand-crafted from start to finish in the USA, have a gorgeous minimalist design, are perfect for non-stick cookware, durable, and plastic free. Need we go on?