Helping the environment is something we all strive to do and, fortunately, there are things we can do in our day-to-day lives to help contribute. Even if you’re not out there cleaning rivers and lakes or participating in environmental conservation activities, your little green ways at home can create a huge impact.
Making your kitchen greener can be a great step toward a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Not only will it help the environment, but it will also save energy, reduce your bills, and allow you to enjoy a healthier life. Below are some ideas for becoming greener in your kitchen:
- Purchase kitchen appliances that have an Energy Star sticker. This will guarantee that what you are using is energy-efficient. In addition, use your appliances wisely, so you don’t waste energy. For example, avoid opening your freezer or refrigerator until you are sure of what you want to get, so you don’t let all of the cool air out.
- Use sturdy kitchenware. If you purchase kitchenware made of cheap materials, don’t expect it to last long. Sure, low-quality utensils will work fine in soups, omelets, and fried foods, but when it comes to tough cooking, they usually wear down. Spend a little bit more money to invest in higher quality kitchen ware that will last you a long time. This will not only save you money in the long run, but it will reduce your garbage waste.
- Avoid using bottled water. Some kitchens use bottled water for kitchen use and consumption. If your tap water is not as clean as you would like, use a filter instead. That way, you don’t have to buy any more water bottles, which is more cost-efficient, and you reduce the amount of non-biodegradable plastic waste that you put into the environment.
- Take your cooking outside. Since it’s summertime, seize the opportunity to grill outside and reduce your electricity bill by not using your large kitchen appliances. It will also encourage the rest of your family to go outdoors and enjoy the summer air, thus reducing the electricity consumption in other rooms as well.
- Use small appliances instead of bigger ones. The smaller they are, the less energy they consume. For example, try using a small toaster oven or microwave instead of your large main oven when possible.
- Waste nothing. As much as possible, avoid wasting things inside your kitchen. That means no food waste, no excess packaging or plastic bags, and no throwing things away before they have been fully used. You can reuse a lot of items like cans, bottles, and plastic bags, or you can recycle them via your local pick-up service or drop-off locations. For organic waste, create a compost for your garden.
- Use green cleaners. Avoid buying cleaners that have chemicals in them because they not only harm the environment, but they can also pose a major risk to your family. Also, use cloths and rags when cleaning instead of disposable paper towels.
- Buy organic and eat green. Introduce your family to healthier green dining with organic ingredients that are good for the body.