Back to the Future: Part 3 (Plus link to survey from Climate Reality Team)

My goal in these postings of Back to the Future is to explore, report, and experiment with household products and personal care items that do not harm the environment. Also, I have been writing companies about their products when they fall short of being sustainable, such as plastic packaging.

For each posting I will provide the info on the package so you can decide if you wish to try it. These products are usually available online  (ex. or at health food stores, but since many supermarkets now carry organic produce, I think these cooking & cleaning products will eventually be available in supermarkets and drug stores as well.



ecoverZERO Automatic Dishwasher Tablets contain or is:

0% Fragrance, dyes or chlorine

Plant-based & mineral ingredients

Biodegradable & phosphate-free

According to the back of the cardboard package, which I also look for instead of plastic or cellophane, Ecover has “been pioneering green science for over 30 years to make effective, plant based cleaners by plant-loving people.”

Below is a link to the website:

ecoverZERO Automatic Dishwasher Tablets contain or isecoverZERO Automatic Dishwasher Tablets contain or isEnvironmental sustainability is responsibly interacting with the planet to maintain natural resources and not jeopardize the ability for future generations to meet their needs.” (

P.S.  The ingredients can cause eye irritation and gives instructions on how to take care of that issue. I recently purchased it and will report back if the product does not clean my dishes as well as what I am now using.


Also, here is the link to a survey from the Climate Reality Project, whose emails are very informative:








My kitchen is not state-of-the art and my utensils are probably not, either. I like stainless steel, cast iron and glass/Corningware for cooking, rarely use my food processor, but my blender gets a workout. In fact, I have two. Gradually add on what you need so you don’t break your budget. I don’t have a matched set of pots. I buy one at a time on sale wherever I see one, but make sure the stainless pots are thick on the bottom (3 ply), the cast iron is not too heavy, and the glass not too thin.

I use most of the same pots & pans & appliances every day. Here is my short list:

2 -3 stainless steel (SS) saucepans of different sizes. *Better to have larger ones if you can onlyh afford two. You can always put a little in a large pot, but not a lot in a little pot.

2 SS fry pans – medium and large (I don’t like non-stick pans, but keep one for special dishes that I want to be totally without oil),  or one SS and one cast iron.

One large Dutch oven style pot for pasta, corn on the cob, soup. It should be big enough to hold a steamer basket.

Steamer basket

Blender – Hand held or counter top

One set of sharp knives: one serrated for bread, one wide for chopping veggies, several paring knives of different lengths.

One or two oven pans for casseroles or baked goods – glass, corning ware or SS

One or two cookie sheets

Hand grater

2 strainers and one colander

wooden spoons, spatulas

Pot holders/mitts/dish towels/ sponges and scrubbies, scraper


Large wok -Same reason as above*

Counter top blender or food processor

Cast iron fry pan

Oven pan with grill top for grilled veggies –Mine came with my oven

Mandoline for grating and cutting veggies into different sizes

Vegetable juicer

Coffee grinder for spices or a mortar and pestle

Pastry brush

Coffee maker and/or teapot

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