Being eco-friendly really does start at home. Whether this means recycling and composting, using low-flow appliances, switching to electric cars, or all of these, many individuals and families are finding exciting and innovative ways to “go green.” The kitchen is a space in the house where it is incredibly easy to have a hugely negative environmental impact, but with these eco-friendly kitchen tips, you can turn it around.
Choose Tools That Last
If you’re throwing away pots and pans every year or two and buying new, you are not going green (and you’re wasting a lot of green, but that’s a different story). If non-stick and Teflon are your go-to, this means you. Putting aside the possible health risks of these pans, they simply don’t last for very long. You end up spending a ton of money on replacements, and the worn-out ones end up in a landfill. Lose-lose.
DIY When Possible
Pre-packaged food is highly convenient, whether it is a frozen meal in the freezer or a meal kit that arrives on your porch. But ask yourself if you could make it from scratch instead. You’d be saving a ton of plastic that would otherwise end up in a landfill or floating in the ocean. You can also DIY many cleaning supplies, usually with vinegar or soap, and save on all of the plastic and related carbon footprint of producing and shipping chemical cleaners.
Whenever possible, buy local. Whether it is locally raised meats, locally grown produce, or anything else, buying from the farmers or manufacturers in your area limits the carbon footprint of your goods, since they don’t have to travel as far. It also feels good to help your neighbors. It is often healthier, and you know exactly where your food is coming from.
Choose Efficient Appliances
The older your appliances are, the less energy efficient they are. Their energy efficiency decreases with age, and newer models have better energy efficiency overall. Choose a new dishwasher that uses less water, and you might save enough to cover its cost in a few years. It is also possible that you could downsize your refrigerator and save more energy with the change. Finally, a gas stove tends to be more energy-efficient, since its heat is automatic rather than gradual like that of electric.
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