The choices we make in the kitchen have a huge impact on the environment. Luckily, the eco-conscious movement is catching on and more people are prioritizing “going green” in their homes. Here are five tips to go green in your own kitchen.
Recycle. Most people already have a good idea of why recycling is an important practice. It helps to reduce plastic waste, conserves natural resources, and slows down the filling of landfills. However, many of us still aren’t being smart about our recycling methods.
Consider creating a recycling station in your kitchen, where glass, plastic, and paper are separated accordingly. Your recycling station will also make it easier to distinguish between items that may be reused and other waste. For example, glassware or jars can be repurposed for a multitude of uses.
Clean Green. Cleaning products can often be overlooked, but sanitizing liquids full of harsh chemicals as well as disposable equipment like plastic scrubbers contribute greatly to the problem of pollution and ecological damage.
What’s more, is that store-bought cleaners are often more expensive than DIY cleaners you can make at home with items that are already in your pantry.
Pick less packaging. While you’re completing your household shopping, be wary of brands that use excessive amounts of packaging. When you can, choose items that are wrapped in less plastic, and make sure to recycle the plastic on the products you do buy.
Buying in bulk often saves on the total amount of packaging used. You should also keep your own containers with you so when you do come across a store that allows you to keep produce in reusable containers, you are ready.
Watch your water. Water is a resource that is often taken for granted by privileged communities because its scarcity is less obvious when clean drinking water pours from the taps. With this in mind, we should be hyperaware of our water usage and take steps to curb it.
Consider using a dishwasher if you have one, as it automatically uses water more efficiently. Also, pay attention to the quantity you need when boiling water. Boiling water takes up a lot of energy, so only boiling what you need can significantly reduce your energy expenditure as well as save water.
Shop smart. Instead of making daily grocery runs, which may mean taking several trips in the car and could make you prone to overbuying which leads to more wasted food, try to plan your meals and shopping in advance. This way you will only get what you need and reduce carbon emissions. Thankfully, there are many apps out there that can make organizing and planning your grocery list easier. If you do end up with leftovers, then throw them into your compost!