7. Rapadura: It’s sugar. Why is sugar in the green pantry? Well, no doubt you already buy sugar in one form or other… why not buy the greenest sugar out there? Rapadura is unrefined sugar with all of its vitamins and minerals still intact. Refined sugar, on the other hand, goes through a process involving chemicals like sulfur dioxide, lime, phosphoric acid, and bleaching agents. Yeah, rapadura looks like dirt, but it’s literally just dried sugar cane juice (not to be confused with “evaporated cane juice,” which is just refined sugar).
8. Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Castile Soap: Use it for body wash, dish soap, shampoo, laundry, tooth brushing, and more. Unlike most “soaps” on the market, it’s biodegradable so you can even take it camping and wash your dishes in the river. And of course it’s magical.
9. A Good Cutting Board: A good cutting board is like a badge of honor. It shows that you value your food and that you’re buying those vegetables fresh from the farmers market (not pre-chopped at the supermarket). A good cutting board is one solidly built and made out of renewable wood (I’ve never met a plastic cutting board I liked… not to mention it’s not renewable). Extra points if it’s made by a craftsman rather than by a multinational corporation.
10. The Encyclopedia of Country Living: If you’ve got this book in your kitchen, you are well on your way to crossing the green living/homesteading threshold. It’s the bible of DIY skills, from baking bread to churning butter to building a chicken coop. Make sure it’s left on the counter as a conversation starter.
Some other non-essential items (but for which you get major green-living cred): A grain mill, dehydrator, beer carboys, and your own oil extractor for producing fresh vegetable oils.