April is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s spring so world just reeks of possibility and freshly blossomed flowers. Pastel colors and pinks are everywhere. And best of all, it’s Earth Day, b*tches!
And as a baker who loves the planet, I feel that it is my duty to share with you my favorite baking products that are good for the planet, for you, and for your soul.
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Sustainable Baking Products…here we go
Please note! That I have used or am currently using most of these products in my home. So I promise that these are all things that I know actually work and are genuinely useful.
Also, also as full disclosure: if you don’t need these things, don’t buy them. The MOST sustainable thing you can do is be a mindful consumer. Meaning, buy what you need and use what you have BEFORE you buy any of these new flashy eco friendly things!
Trash happens. But don’t be trashy. These trash bags are fully compostable and made from plant based materials.
I use these constantly. They may be on the pricier side for trash bags BUT they’re so worth it. I only use about one a week because I have worked hard to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot. Honestly, if I didn’t need to clean my rabbit’s litter box 2-3 times a week I could probably make them last even longer.
Two boxes lasts me about 14 months.
Cotton rags. Why paper towel when you could do cotton rags? 100% cotton means 100% compostable and reusable for so, SO long.
There are some arguments about the water usage when washing rags and what not, but I stand by them in my house. Seriously, do you know how much mess 8 animals, a very messy baker, and a 28-year-old man make in a 500 sqft apartment? Hint: it’s a big one.
So you decide if it’s worth the water usage for you but I still highly recommend these.
Thrifted pans, dishes, and utensils
I get almost all my dishes, pans, and utensils at thrift stores. My dishes have never matched because I’ve always been too great at breaking them on accident so mismatched sets doesn’t bug me.
But second-hand doesn’t mean low quality. It often can mean better quality because it proves that that sh*t can last FOREVER. So save money + the planet with your cute ass mismatched plates and pans.
I’m sure you’re starting to see how much plastic baking seems to “require”. I physically cringe at this point when I see people making a ziploc bag or some saran wrap into a disposable piping bag.
Reusable piping bags are affordable, long-lasting, and aren’t out to pollute everything. Are they as
lazy convenient as just throwing out some plastic and never having to think about what happens to it next?
Obviously not. But the turtles, wildlife, waterways, and I all thank you for not being a thoughtless dick.
I use these almost every day. Half the time I start baking at night, realize what a bad idea that was because now I’m tired and just slap these covers on top to finish what I started in the morning instead.
It’s perfect for storing bowls and not having to dirty up any extra tupperware.
Then when you’re feeling lazy, you can just put the cover on instead of tossing the extra in the trash…*don’t worry, we’ve all been there once or twice.*
Recycled Parchment Paper and Tin Foil
Sadly, there are times you need to use parchment paper and tin foil in baking. Cheesecakes come out better, pumpkin pie crusts don’t burn, and sometimes you’re washing all your silicone baking mats. Sometimes it’s just necessary.
At least we have recycled tin foil and parchment paper.
Guys….these things are the best things since the creation of sprinkles. They’re amazing. I have 7 or 8 of them and I use them for everything. Cookies. Dinners. Yule log cakes. They are great.
Seriously, I think in every post I make about baking i talk about these things and how you should have one by now. If you don’t, what the heck are you doing with your life?
Don’t worry, you can finally get on the eco-train and get yours here!
I even used them to roll my no bake fifteens recipe into a perfect log.
I also use these constantly too. They’re adorable and keep life simple (and eco-friendly).
I love these brushes because they are super versatile for kitchen cleaning. Clean your veggies, counters, dishes, etc with these bad bois and then feel guiltless when they’ve worn down and it’s time to dispose of them.
They’re compostable. They will simply return to the earth, circle of life and stuff.
I use tea constantly in my baker’s kitchen. First of all Earl Gray Tea flavored desserts are just amazing. They remind me of spring and lovely tea party snacks so I try to make desserts like that as often as I can.
Plus, hydrating while baking is important. Iced tea is amazing. Typically we buy loose leaf tea from an Etsy seller in Boston called BeanTown Tea & Spices. Her shit is gooooood.
Side note: loose leaf tea is much better than tea bags because they are finding many bags actually have quite a bit of micro plastics in them…which, ya know…isn’t good.
So get yourself some loose leaf tea and this super cute tea ball to remember how your eco-friendly journey is helping sea turtles and nature as a whole.
Then give yourself a pat on the back. Because you’re awesome.
Mason jars are your best friend. They’re great for storage, great for bakers, and their lids are even super useful to make recipes in. Seriously, have you seen how cute mason jar lid mini pies are?
Have jars. Have a variety of sizes. If you finish your jam, clean that jar out and keep it.
Like Ziploc, only made from compostable plant-based material.
The glass containers also mean that you can bake or cook your food straight in the oven making less clean up for you.
The great thing is that glass is oven safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe, etc etc. Meaning, you can literally cook your food in the tupperware and put it’s lid straight on. Zero clean up for meal prepping.
Also the heavy duty plastic lids are super durable so they last a long time.
(Seriously, if anyone can find completely zero waste containers like these with absolutely ZERO plastic, please send that info a long to me)!
Okay, this may not be one of the typical sustainable baking products but let’s break this down.
Sustainability is all about reducing waste. An oven thermometer reduces wasted energy from a too hot or too cold oven. It also prevents burnt cookies being wasted. And that’s the saddest waste there could be.
An oven thermometer keeps your baked goods coming out correctly almost every time. And unless your house is running strictly off-grid, heating the oven to the right temperature saves energy.
Other Sustainable Baking Products You Never Think of
Try to stick with metals
Cookie cutters, strainers, popsicle molds, ice cube trays, it doesn’t matter. If you can find more things made completely from metal rather than plastic, you are helping the planet more than you know.
Metal is more often recycled than plastic. Actually, plastic that you bring to the recycling center is actually rarely recycled…metal is.
(Why, because it’s more profitable to recycle metal – and apparently money matters more than the well being of our climate future).
Plus, metal lasts longer than plastic so you can reuse it a lot longer.
Less is more
As we’ve kind of touched on, the best thing you can do to be more sustainable is to consume less and consume truly what you need.
I promise you don’t need every kitchen gadget that Instagram says you do. Honestly, how often will you even use that instant egg maker?
Resist the impulse to buy everything you see. No matter what it promises, very rarely is the perfect ice cream machine going to make you better at baking or make life that much easier for you in the kitchen.
Fewer products are better in the long run.
Ps do you love those Earth cake mix cookies above? Check out that recipe here!
Quality, quality, quality.
And speaking of fewer products in the long run, let’s talk about quality.
Have fewer baking products, but let’s make sure that they are products of quality.
A $30 stand mixer might make you think you’re getting a steal but honestly, you’re getting screwed.
Trust me, I’ve been there. That $30 stand mixer literally lasted me 4 uses before it broke beyond repair.
Is a Kitchenaid stand mixer hella expensive? Yes. But has it lasted me the last 5 years and probably the next 20 too? Also yes.
Quality matters because quality typically means longer lasting (unless its quality chocolate…that stuff disappears so fast).
Longer lasting means less in landfills.
And if you really think it saves you a lot of money to buy that $30 mixer, just think about how many times you’re going to be spending that $30 over and over each time it breaks.
There you have it. 15+ ways that I personally use to make my baking just a bit more sustainable.
Being sustainable isn’t hard. All it takes is a little bit of mindfulness and a decision to be better.
Sustainable baking products are out there. Most of them are high quality, long lasting, but not super long lasting in the environment.
Being more earth conscious is so SO important nowadays so whatever you’re choosing to do to make greener choices, the planet thanks you!
We should all be proud of the steps we take every day to be kinder to the planet. Let’s brag about it just a little, shall we? Take a pic of one of your favorite eco-friendly products you use in the kitchen, post it on your Instagram and make sure to tag me (@thefulfillmentpill) in your photo! I’ll be resharing everyone’s photos and hopefully we can continue to inspire more people to give some love back to the earth!
Also!! Do you have any other sustainable baking product suggestions? Leave those bad bois down in the comments below!
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