The kitchen is a great place to hang out, make delicious food, and make a big mess. However it is an area that contributes to a lot of waste. Believe it or not, there are simple ways to make your kitchen green!
9 Simple Ways to Green Your Kitchen
- Go Paperless-replace your napkins and paper towels with cloths instead. They can be washed and reused over and over. Also having cloths for drying dishes, hands, and wiping spills are nice to have around as well. It saves trees, uses less energy, and saves you money.
- Keep the Refrigerator Full-when your fridge is full; it uses less energy to stay cool. Look for fridges that have a green option too.
- Use the Appropriate Appliance– when making meals, if you need the oven; try baking more than one meal at a time. For smaller meals, use a toaster oven which will save energy. Another way to save energy is to turn off the oven a little before your food is done. This way it will still cook while but not use energy.
- Wash a Full Load of Dishes-if you have many dishes, it is better and less wasteful to use a dishwasher. However make sure it is a full load, otherwise it is wasting water and electricity.
- Have a Spot for Expiring Items-forgot about that food in the back of the fridge? (It happens to the best of us) Make a designated spot or box that has items that need to be eaten soon. That way we do not have to throw out everything we go to the grocery store.
- Invest in a Water Filter-sink water is okay, but in hotter months, having cold water ready and waiting is better than waiting for the running sink water to get cold.
- Go Meatless for One Day per week-the meat industry is a huge component to climate change. Try opting for a meatless meal for at least once a week. If you can do more than one day that is even better!
- Buy Safe Cookware-Teflon cookware is linked to high cholesterol and other things. Try to use cast iron, or non-stick aluminum to cook your food.
- Invest in good food Storage! Click here for my previous post on storing food.
Green Kitchens=Happy Planet
These are all simple ways that can make your kitchen more green. If you want to up the ante, when designing or redoing your kitchen, make sure to use materials from good sources. Many use wood that is not sustainable and has added plastics. Also find appliances that have the eco-friendly energy options. Every little bit helps!
Have more ideas how to make your kitchen greener? I would like to hear from you! Leave a comment below.