Easy Switches for a Sustainable Kitchen
With increased awareness of environmental issues, if you haven’t done so yet, it’s wise to make a conscious effort to transform your kitchen into a sustainable space. Kitchens are a great starting point for those who want to make healthy, green changes in their everyday lifestyle. What are sustainable practices in the kitchen? Let’s start off with the simple switches first!
Glass food containers are more eco-friendly and will look much more stylish in your kitchen than many plastic containers. Beeswax wraps can be used to pack lunches and store food. If you are a paper towel user, there are some great sustainable options such as bamboo paper towels and reusable cloth towels. Kitchen towels are often used for all types of cleaning and spilling and they’re great because you can just through them in the wash!
Products such as almond butter, cashew milk, oat milk and sunflower butter are delicious, but they come in plastic packaging. So channel your culinary creativity and whip up your own homemade nut or seed butter and milk that you can use in your favorite recipes, avoiding additional kitchen waste.
One of the easiest ways to make your kitchen more environmentally friendly is to remember to bring your reusable products with you when shopping. This includes reusable shopping bags and refillable containers for the bulk section.
The elimination of toxic chemicals are important not only if you want a sustainable kitchen but also if you want a healthy kitchen. You can use a simple mix of 1/1 water and dish soap in a spray bottle for most of your kitchen mess.
If you want to be more sustainable, you must strive to make your kitchen more energy efficient. Kitchen appliances consume a significant proportion of your energy at home, so it is in your best interest to use them efficiently. Don’t run a half empty dishwasher, for example.
You’ll save even more if you invest in Energy Star certified models that are designed to use less water and energy. If you’re interested in designing a sustainable kitchen from scratch, make sure you use environmentally friendly materials on the go.
You may also want to replace old appliances. The fridge is one of the most energy-hungry items in our kitchen and in our home. More efficient kitchen appliances can come at a hefty upfront price, but you can cut your electric bill in the long run. Before replacing your old faithful appliances check out the Energy Star ratings for kitchen appliances such as cookers, refrigerators, freezers and dishwashers. Choose a robust model that lasts and choose a simple design so that you won’t soon need an upgrade.
You can also reduce the amount of waste in your kitchen by turning kitchen waste into compost. The first step is the purchase of a kitchen compost bucket. Old and unused food can be placed in the composting bucket. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a compost keeps food and related products out of landfills.
If you’re not ready to start your own compost pile at home, store kitchen waste in the refrigerator or freezer to avoid odors and insects, or take them to your local farmer’s market, community garden or other composting sites.
If you have enough space, go a step further and grow your own fruits and vegetables and use your composted kitchen waste as a fertilizer. We can put our scraps to good use by giving ourselves a sustainable garden and at the same time throwing leftover food we produce into the compost. Composting our leftover food is excellent, but there is nothing better than trying to reduce the amount of food waste we produce in the first place. The easiest way to do this is to simply purchase only what you need.
Let me know your tips and tricks for a waste-free kitchen!
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