So, you want to go green and make your kitchen more eco-friendly. Where do you start? You might be thinking that a complete renovation is the only way to go green, but that’s not necessarily true. While renovating your kitchen can certainly present more opportunities for you to be more friendly to environment, there are plenty of other changes you can make to head in the right direction.
Invest in Reusable Grocery Bags:
Shopping for groceries can be one of the least environmentally-friendly tasks, especially if your bagger puts your groceries in plastic bags. Using recyclable paper bags is better, but those often end up in the dump too. To avoid this, invest in a good set of reusable grocery bags that you don’t have to get rid of after unloading your groceries.
Use Natural Cleaners:
Using chemical-based kitchen cleaners is the standard in today’s world. However, making the commitment to use all-natural cleaners can have a positive effect on your own health and the environment’s health. You can buy all-natural cleaners from most grocery stores, but you can also make your own, if you’re feeling crafty.
Grow Your Own Herbs:
Growing your own herbs adds a splash of green to your kitchen and encourages you to care more about the earth at the same time. Growing your own herbs also prevents you from going to the store to buy them, saving gas and time in the process. Making the planet and your house greener is always a good thing!
Compost Food Scraps:
Eco-friendly kitchens are all about recycling and reusing leftovers. After cooking a homemade meal, have you ever noticed how many scraps of food you have left over? Instead of throwing away these scraps, compost them to use as fertilizer in your garden. This can also be a valuable tool for teaching your children about what we all can do to help the planet more effectively.
Wash Your Dishes Wisely:
Dishwashers use a ton of water. And while there are a variety of eco-friendly dishwashers on the market, you may not have the funds to buy one. Rather than run several loads of dishes throughout the day, consider washing your dishes by hand and letting them air dry. This decreases the overall amount of water you typically use on a daily basis.
Eat Less Red Meat:
This one might be a hard one! Cattle are a huge source of methane gas, which is incredibly harmful to the atmosphere. The more red meat Americans eat, the more cattle is bred and cultivated, which leads to more methane gas eating away at the atmosphere. You don’t need to go vegetarian, but think about how much red meat your family consumes and re-evaluate how you can lessen that impact.
Use Your Appliances Less:
We’ve already talked about using your dishwasher wisely, but the same goes for all the appliances in your kitchen. Don’t stand in front of your open fridge door and browse for long periods of time. Don’t fire up the stove when you can easily heat something up in the microwave. Being self-conscious about your appliance usage can lessen the amount of energy you consume in your kitchen.
Reusable Grocery Bags: Author- Mr.TinDC; Link- https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/4234955253
Natural Cleaners: Author- theimpulsivebuy; Link- https://www.flickr.com/photos/theimpulsivebuy/4812064874
Herbs: Author: Dominika Komender; Link- https://www.flickr.com/photos/dontcallmeikke/3719297047
Wash Dishes: Author- Peapod Labs; Link- https://www.flickr.com/photos/peapodlabs/6963931014
Red Meat: Author- KOMUnews; Link- https://www.flickr.com/photos/komunews/22516146401