7 eco-friendly kitchen storage solutions

In the process of maintaining an organized kitchen, you may be heavily reliant on single-use plastic products. Between wrapping snacks in sandwich bags that will be thrown away, and wrapping leftovers in layers of cling film, these plastics have a negative impact on our environment. In the United States, only about 30% of plastics are recycled, leaving the rest to pollute our waterways, oceans and more, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Reusable alternatives are a simple, eco-friendly option that will help organize your kitchen while reducing waste. These products are also affordable and can be used over and over again.

To help you discover new sustainable storage solutions, Katie Holdefehr, editor of Real Simple, stopped by at the 3rd hour of TODAY to share seven must-have products.

Read on to shop for vegan food wraps, silicone stretch covers and more.

Stasher Clear Silicone Reusable Storage Bags

If you’re looking to replace single-use plastic bags with a more durable option, these storage bags are perfect for school lunches, travel snacks and more. Made with food grade silicone, these bags can be used in the freezer, microwave, dishwasher and oven. Holdefehr even uses these bags to store toiletries on the go, as the secure seal protects against spills or leaks.

Bee Packaging (Set of 3)

These reusable wraps are made from cotton coated with beeswax and simply work as adhesive plastic. Using the warmth of your hands, the wrap will warm up and then can be molded to cover bowls, pieces of fruit or cheese. Wraps can be hand washed with cold water and soap and last approximately one year.

Khala & Co. Vegan Combo Pack Reusable Food Wraps

A vegan food wrap option is also available if you do not wish to use beeswax products. These wraps are made from a plant-based blend of natural waxes and oils. Washable, reusable and compostable, envelopes become softer and stick better the more you use them.

Net Zero Co. Stretch & Seal Silicone Lids (Set of 6)

Take the guesswork out of container lids and store leftovers with these airtight silicone stretch lids. This eco-friendly alternative to single-use plastic wrap can stretch to fit round or square containers, bowls, jars, jars, and even fruit and other food cups. The airtight seal helps leftovers last longer and when you’re done, you can throw them in the dishwasher for quick and easy cleanup.

Frisco Silicone Food Can Lid (Set of 2)

For pet owners who serve wet food to their furry friends, these silicone lids are a must. Each lid can fit three different can sizes and is designed to be soft and flexible so it can easily be opened and removed. These lids help keep moist pet food fresh longer.

Aplat Make & Take Food Kit

We all know the difficulty of trying to wrap food snugly with plastic or foil before bringing a dish to a party or potluck. This food kit, however, can help enhance your food presentation with a machine washable drawstring pan lid. Not only is the lid stylish, but this kit also comes with a tote to help you carry your food.

Simple Eco-Friendly Mesh Reusable Produce Bags (Set of 3)

On a trip to the grocery store, it’s common to accumulate a number of plastic bags when picking up produce, only to be thrown away when you get home. These reusable cotton bags are a simple solution that reduces plastic use and will help your fruits and vegetables stay fresh.

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