How ecofriendly is your kitchen?

     

Buy locally - Think about how far your food has travelled and the impact this has had on the environment. Check out local food markets for great locally grown produce.

Buy in bulk - This is one of the greenest ways to shop. Amazingly, ten cents of every dollar you spend pays for product packaging. If you buy larger quantities, you’re eliminating the need for much of that packaging and saving money.

Store your foods - If your food is stored properly, it will last longer and taste better. Grocery stores arrange older foods in the front of their coolers and newer items in the back — do the same in your fridge. You won’t forget something you bought, and you’ll be more apt to use it before it expires and you have to throw it away. And wash, dry and store your greens right away, so they stay fresh as long as possible.

Organize a disposal center - Create a basic recycling center in your kitchen, make a bin for recycling, a bin for food scraps and a bin for cardboard. And make sure you get clued up on how it all works!

Try Composting - We all hear about composting, but too few of us actually do it. You can start small, if you aren’t quite sure of the process,with a bin for scraps like egg shells, coffee grounds, and fruit and vegetable skins. You can then fertilize your garden and ornamentals with this compost.

Use Ecofriendly Equipment
- Your cookware and appliances affect your green quotient. You may not have considered that quality cookware is more efficient in the consumption of energy. But good quality pots and pans distribute and retain heat better, so less energy is used for both. And they last longer, so you’re not contributing to the landfill as often.

Measure your water intake - Evaluate how much water you're using. A faucet aerator will make a huge difference in your water consumption, and it's an inexpensive replacement. Also make sure your dishwasher is full when you use it, and air dry at the end of the wash cycle.

Try using ecofriendly cleaning products
- Many stores now offer green products for cleaning. Look for products that use natural ingredients, are sustainable, and cut down on damage to the environment. 

Re-modelling your kitchen - Realistically, this isn't something you're going to just do at the drop of a hat. But if you do decide to remodel your kitchen at some point, think of more green solutions in your design. Consider creating new surfaces for your benches with recycled glass, paper, or aluminum in the mix. Also, when looking at cupboards and flooring, considering using second hand wood or natural lino material.


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