Looking for eco-friendly alternatives to kitchen roll? Read on!
When it comes to the kitchen I’ve already covered eco-friendly alternatives to cling film. However, what about
Kitchen roll is that other so-called kitchen staple. It’s undeniably very useful. However, as a single-use and disposable product packaged in plastic, it isn’t the greenest. Dirty kitchen roll is also not recyclable. However, don’t worry, I’ve got four eco-friendly alternatives that are kind to the planet, and still pull their weight in the kitchen.
The Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Kitchen Roll
If you’re ready and looking to make the switch, then I’ve got some great zero-waste and eco-friendly alternatives to kitchen roll up my sleeve for you!
If you’re not ready, pop back later when you’re ready, no pressure! When it comes to green living my all-time number one tip is to make one small green switch at a time. It’s much less overwhelming. And it’s so much easier to find a starting point, rather than trying to green all the things all at the same time.
Go Kitchen Roll-Less
One of my easiest eco-friendly alternatives to kitchen roll is to keep a drawer or basket filled with
My working mum’s budget doesn’t stretch to having a basket full of organic cloths. As such, I buy cheap as chips cotton cloths from the supermarket or from Wilko when I find them minimally packaged. Anything that’s not single-use paper towel is a big positive in my eyes, so I don’t feel guilty about it. If it’s what you can afford then don’t feel guilty either.
For an even more frugal and green
To use, I just grab a cloth when I need to wipe a spill, or for any other kitchen roll related task. I then pop the dirty cloth in the washing machine when I’m done. Job done.
Make Your Own Kitchen Roll
A random pile of
The good news is that there are heaps of reusable kitchen roll tutorials out there. This one, from A Beautiful Mess, is pretty comprehensive.
If you aren’t particularly crafty or are too time poor (me, on both counts!), then thankfully you can buy a roll of reusable kitchen roll on Etsy. This one*, from
Use A Plate
I have a feeling you will either be with me or not on this one. When I was growing up in the 1980’s my mum often served us food on a piece of kitchen roll. A sandwich, or toasted cheese, or a bit of cake, it was always served up on a piece of kitchen roll. I’m not dissing my mum. She worked full time and didn’t have time to be doing a constant stream of dishes that 3 kids create. Kitchen roll plates it was. Was that just us or did you do that too?
This one was so ingrained on me. I honestly thought it was the MAIN use of kitchen roll! Therefore, it took me a long time to break this one, but now I always serve food up on a plate. It helps that we have a dishwasher!
Reusable Napkins As A Kitchen Roll Alternative
This one is another throwback from my childhood. For my packed
Pro tip: dark coloured napkins are king at hiding an all manner of food stains!
Have you found any other eco-friendly alternatives to kitchen roll? As always do let me know in the comments below! I’ve also got loads of other eco-friendly kitchen hacks. From plastic-free dishwasher detergent to making your own beeswax wraps, to my guide to natural cleaning products to DIY, and more.