7 sustainable products everyone should have in their kitchen
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There's more to keeping a green kitchen than recycling your yogurt containers or opting to store your leftovers in glass Tupperware. Little things, like your trash bags, can add up, which is why it's important to try to reduce your footprint as much as possible. Fortunately, these sustainable kitchen products make it easy keep a green home!

Reusable Silicone Baking Cups



Reusable silicone cupcake liners save you money on having to buy disposable paper cupcake wrappers every time you bake. These sustainable cupcake liners are just as festive as anything you would throw away. Because the liners are made with a sturdier silicone, they can be used for other purposes, like arts and crafts projects.

Amazon Basics, $7.99 for a pack of 12; Amazon


Stainless Steel Reusable Drip Cone Coffee Filter


Now you can have filtered coffee without the guilt of wasting paper. This metal drip coffee filter is dishwasher safe, making for easy clean up. It's also travel-friendly, meaning you can have the same, sustainable coffee as you do at home when you're on the go!

Maranello Café, $17.99; Amazon

Reusable Grocery Bags



These sustainable grocery bags are so cute, you'll never forget them at home. Each bag replaces two to three conventional grocery bags. They're waterproof, machine washable, foldable, and reinforced to carry heavy loads – so basically they're everything you could ask for in a sustainable grocery bag.

ONME, $16.99 for 8; Amazon

Bamboo Reusable Paper Towels


Yes, you can reuse paper towels. These paper towels are made from bamboo, which means they're sturdy enough to be used up to 1700 times before they have to hit the trash. While these paper towels are more expensive than regular paper towels, you get more bang for your buck. One paper towel roll is the equivalent of 60 standard rolls, which is a lot of trees saved.

Enviro Safe Home, $19.99 for 2 rolls; Amazon

Kitchen Compost Bin


If you've always wanted to try composting, why not give it a shot with this cute compost bin? It's so stylish, it'll practically blend into your kitchen décor. The bin is equipped with charcoal filters, meaning the smells won't build up even when the waste does.

Utopia, $21.90; Amazon

Bamboo Dish Scrub Brush


These plastic-free scrub brushes are made from sturdy bamboo, which means that they're completely biodegradable once it comes time to throw them away. But it'll take them a while to get to the point where they're ready to scrap, because they're sturdy and built to last for a long time. Plus, they're designed to feel comfortable in your hand, meaning you can get clean dishes without hand cramps.

Earth's Own, $21.98; Amazon

Biodegradable Kitchen Trash Bags


Even if you do your best to minimize the amount of plastic trash you make, you still have to throw away your trash in plastic. Unless you get yourself some biodegradable trash bags, which are designed to sturdily hold your trash without doing additional damage to the planet.

ETSUS, $27.95 for 7; Amazon


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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

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