Eco-Friendly Kitchen: 6 Ways To Make Yours A Bit Greener
We’re all looking to live a greener, sustainable life. It should be no surprise that the best way to introduce this element into your home is by starting in the kitchen. Aside from eating an organic diet there are other steps in which you can ensure that your kitchen is eco-friendly, energy-efficient and gentle on both your health and the environment. One big concern when it comes to creating a greener kitchen include being conscious of food waste.
Food wastage is an environmental concern but it’s not one that can’t be reversed. Ways in which you can cut back on food waste include learning to prepare the right quantity of food when cooking and placing any leftovers in the freezer which should be consumed as soon as possible.
Read on to discover which other steps you can implement for your perfect, eco-friendly, green kitchen.
1. Cook smart
For food lovers and amateur chefs, the kitchen is the best place to experiment with food and be creative. However, these actions may increase the amount of energy used.
When cooking in the kitchen, it’s important to be conscious of how much energy you’re using – or potentially wasting. Firstly, if cooking on the stove, try to use the smallest convenient pot/pan and burner. Also, you don’t need the entire oven when looking to prepare a small dish. The toaster oven and slow cooker can all work just as well, whilst using less energy, and they are more eco-friendly.
Moreover, be conscious of time when it comes to preheating your oven. Don’t set to preheat your oven for ten minutes when you know it’s going to take you twenty minutes to actually prepare your dish before placing it inside the oven.
In regards to kitchen appliances, don’t be lazy. Yes, some of these appliance do make cooking easier and quicker, but don’t spend your money and energy on an appliance to complete a task that you would have completed perfectly well – such as an electrical can opener when a manual one works fine. However, in the case that you do need a specific appliance, make sure to purchase an energy-efficient model.
2. Create your own compost heap
If you’re looking to grow your garden and save the environment, creating a compost heap is a good start. By reusing and recycling your food waste into a compost bin, you’ll be reducing your waste while also feeding your soil. And if it sounds daunting, don’t worry, it’s really easy!
Click here to find out more about how you can get started with one.
3. Ditch plastic storage for glass
Plastic containers are cheap however not only are they harmful to the environment but the traces of BPA in them can also be harmful to our health.
While glass containers are more expensive that their plastic counterparts, they last longer and they don’t contain any potentially harmful chemicals.
4. Keep it clean the green way
A clean kitchen is a happy kitchen- especially when done the green way.
While a dishwasher can use less water than washing the dishes by hand, if not used wisely- it can also waste water. It’s vital to to only use the dishwasher when the load is full as this will use less energy and water. Be sure to use eco-friendly cleaning products as well as some household cleaners are toxic and can lead to a number of health issues. In fact, some cleaning products are most likely already in your kitchen. These include vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice.
5. Use your own shopping bags
We all know someone who has a storage of plastic bags somewhere in their kitchen – if we’re not doing that ourselves.
In the case that you are that someone, why don’t you reduce the number of plastics in our oceans and landfills by taking a reusable bag on your next shopping trip? You can also store some of these bags in your care so that in the case of an impromptu trip to the grocery store, you are prepared.
6. Using the right eco-friendly cookware
While there continues to be raised concerns about the health effects associated with non-stick cookware, the fact of the matter is that these form of cooking utensils have a limited time span. As a result, they will likely end up in a landfill and this will only contribute to the world’s environmental concerns.
Opt for iron and stainless steel cookware as these are both safer and can stand the test of time- just like your green kitchen.
The kitchen has always been the heart of the home, and if you want to have more eco-friendly household, this is where you need to focus your attention. By starting in the kitchen, we’re sure to shift our entire household into a greener, more sustainable home.