kitchen: 

These are some of my favorite zero waste kitchen essentials. I always recommend searching estate sales, thrift stores, and asking your elders first. You'd be surprised what your grandma has in her attic. 

Read more about what I keep in my kitchen in this full blog post. If you'd like to find out any more about the products, click on the pictures. By clicking on the pictures, I receive a slight commission that helps pay for all of the expenses associated with blogging. You can read more about it on my disclosure page. These are products I own or products very, very similar to ones that own. 

These are the best dishcloths that I've found! They actually do a great job of absorbing water, and they clean really well! I've found dishcloths that do one or the other, but these are both. 

These are the best dishcloths that I've found! They actually do a great job of absorbing water, and they clean really well! I've found dishcloths that do one or the other, but these are both. 

Compostable bamboo pot scrubbies. They're great for scrubbing my cast iron, but it's not too hard that it scratches my enamel coated pots. 

Compostable bamboo pot scrubbies. They're great for scrubbing my cast iron, but it's not too hard that it scratches my enamel coated pots. 

This is my favorite kitchen gadget. This blendtec is perfect for blending all those green smoothies and marinara. 

This is my favorite kitchen gadget. This blendtec is perfect for blending all those green smoothies and marinara. 

Bamboo pot scrapers are lifesavers. If you're looking to move away from sponges, these are a must have! If you have any rice or pasta stuck to the bottom of a pot this will get it right up. 

Bamboo pot scrapers are lifesavers. If you're looking to move away from sponges, these are a must have! If you have any rice or pasta stuck to the bottom of a pot this will get it right up. 

Olive wood is my favorite for spoons and such. I just find it to be beautiful. Justin gave me olive wood spoons for Valentines several years ago and they're still my favorite! 

Olive wood is my favorite for spoons and such. I just find it to be beautiful. Justin gave me olive wood spoons for Valentines several years ago and they're still my favorite! 

Bamboo bottle brushes are perfect for cleaning mason jars and cups. It's really difficult to get your hand in a mason jar with the first two options. 

Bamboo bottle brushes are perfect for cleaning mason jars and cups. It's really difficult to get your hand in a mason jar with the first two options. 

I love this cast iron skillet. Lodge is made in the US. It's no frills, but it's very reliable. We've had ours for a very long time. 

I love this cast iron skillet. Lodge is made in the US. It's no frills, but it's very reliable. We've had ours for a very long time. 

I have a second hand Le Creuset but my heart belongs to Staub. Both are great options made in France. There are a lot of options on craigslist and eBay. 

I have a second hand Le Creuset but my heart belongs to Staub. Both are great options made in France. There are a lot of options on craigslist and eBay. 

I have the 4 cup and the 8 cup. They are fabulous for a minimal kitchen because they double as a measuring cup and a mixing bowl.

I have the 4 cup and the 8 cup. They are fabulous for a minimal kitchen because they double as a measuring cup and a mixing bowl.

This is my favorite knife. If I only had to choose one knife, I'd choose this one.... and my bread knife. 

This is my favorite knife. If I only had to choose one knife, I'd choose this one.... and my bread knife. 

Necessary if you've ever squeezed 14 limes by hand to make homemade margarita juice. I found mine at the thrift store. I love that it's glass. Something about clear accessories make them feel luxe. 

Necessary if you've ever squeezed 14 limes by hand to make homemade margarita juice. I found mine at the thrift store. I love that it's glass. Something about clear accessories make them feel luxe. 

Mmmmmmm waffles. I have an electric waffle maker, but this is the one I dream of at night. I want one of these so I can use it on the stove and while camping. Waffles while camping sounds like the ultimate dream. 

Mmmmmmm waffles. I have an electric waffle maker, but this is the one I dream of at night. I want one of these so I can use it on the stove and while camping. Waffles while camping sounds like the ultimate dream. 

I love these clamp jar for stocking a pantry. They keep everything air tight, plus they just look really pretty. I have a whole bunch of these. 

I love these clamp jar for stocking a pantry. They keep everything air tight, plus they just look really pretty. I have a whole bunch of these. 

Cutting boards because cutting on the counters may not be a good idea. I have a couple of artisan cutting boards. I would highly recommend supporting your own local artisans. 

Cutting boards because cutting on the counters may not be a good idea. I have a couple of artisan cutting boards. I would highly recommend supporting your own local artisans. 

MY FAVORITE THINGS!! These are the best! It's great for portioning out food, left overs, take out, freezing food, baking food, I'm not sure what you can't do with these things. They're the best.

MY FAVORITE THINGS!! These are the best! It's great for portioning out food, left overs, take out, freezing food, baking food, I'm not sure what you can't do with these things. They're the best.