Transform Your Kitchen to Be More Eco-Friendly in 5 Simple Swaps

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You are probably cooking at home more than ever and now is the time to make changes in your kitchen that will help the planet and also save you money --  a culinary and cost-saving win-win The Doctors love!

Real Simple shares way to reduce your use of items like plastic wrap, paper towels, and disposable bags noting it easier than you might think with just a few simple swaps and changes in your kitchen.

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Swap plastic bags for stasher bags: Reusable storage bags will save you money and drastically cut down on the amount of plastic that ends up in the trash and then in a landfill. Real Simple says they found their food remained fresher for longer when using these planet-friendly bags.

- We love this 10-pack of bags, which are BPA-free and come in a variety of sizes, perfect for all your leftovers and packed meals.

Buying in bulk? Consider news glass containers for the countertop: Many people are buying food staples in bulk, which is more cost-effective, and a creative and sustainable way to store these bulk foods is in glass containers.

- This set of glass containers has bamboo air-tight lids, is stackable, and would be great for pasta, candy, cookie, rice, sugar, flour, and nuts. Glass jars with air-tight lids are also a great option for sustainable food storage.

Ditch plastic wrap with the help of bees: Yes, bees! Instead of using plastic wrap to cover food, which is just tossed after a single use, it is time to get this plastic-free product, which is an eco-friendly and reusable. It is made from organic cotton that has been infused with beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin.

- This very popular and highly rated option, which is made from sustainably harvested beeswax, can be used for up to a year and is washable, reusable, and fully biodegradable.

Dispose of single-use coffee filters for good: Are you enjoying coffee every morning with a disposable coffee filter. Using a new filter every day creates daily waste that can be easily avoided with reusable and washable cotton coffee filters. Why not start your day (and the environment) off right with a product that lasts for months and months?

- We love these affordable cotton filters which are available for hot drip coffee and also cold brew coffee.

Swap sponges and paper towels for a Swedish dishcloth: We are guilty of using too many paper towels and we're guessing you are too. Real Simple found these unique dishcloths, which are said to absorb up to 15 times their weight can be used on dishes, counter and stovetops, tabletops -- and also clean the bathroom.

- This set of 3, which is said to last longer than the average dish towel, can be cleaned in either your dishwasher or washing machine -- plus they come in vibrant and seasonal prints. 

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