Did you know that what you do in your kitchen has a huge impact on the environment? It’s true.
For instance, wasteful habits and certain kitchen products do great harm to our planet. On the other hand, if you make a few, simple changes, you can put a stop to this once and for all.
The point is, it’s easier than you think to do your part for the environment by changing the way you use your kitchen. And we’re going to show you how to do it in this guide. Just follow these steps for a happy, sustainable kitchen.
1. Use Eco-Friendly Cleaners
Harsh cleaning chemicals that go down the drain or in the trash can hurt the environment. For details on the safest cleaners to use/ which cleaners you should avoid, check the EPA website.
Also, check the labels of your cleaners to see if they have the EPA’s Safer Choice logo. Replace any unsafe cleaners you’ve been using with EPA-approved ones.
2. Stop Using Disposables
So many things we use in our kitchens are unnecessarily disposable, like paper towels and coffee filters. This increases waste and creates a demand for more disposables to be made. And the manufacturing of these disposables consumes resources and releases greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.
So, use reusable items instead. For instance, invest in kitchen towels, cloth napkins, and reusable metal coffee filters or K-cups.
3. Use Biodegradable Trash Bags
Few things are worse for the planet than discarded plastic. And yet, plastic trash bags are what most of us put all of our discarded items in. Just think of how many of these bags you use in a week.
But, if you switch to biodegradable trash bags, you’ll make a hugely positive impact on the environment.
4. Upgrade to Eco-Friendly Appliances
Upgrading to newer, more energy-efficient appliances will greatly reduce the amount of energy your household consumes in a month. This is especially important for the appliances you use several times per day, like your microwave, and those that are always running, like your fridge.
Also, in addition to saving energy, an eco-friendly dishwasher can conserve water, too. And when you replace your dishwasher, it’s also a good time to have your water line checked to make sure it’s functioning efficiently. For details on that, read more now.
Furthermore, this upgrading can be done according to your budget. That is, if you don’t have thousands of dollars for a new dishwasher, replace smaller appliances, like blenders and coffee machines.
You could even invest in kitchen tools that don’t require electricity. For example, use a French press for coffee instead of an electric coffee pot.
5. Compost and Recycle
Next, be careful what you throw away. A lot of what you throw into the garbage could be reused, recycled, or composted instead.
6. Stop Throwing Food Away
Throwing food away is a tragic waste for many reasons. In addition to wasting the food itself, you’re also wasting the energy you used to prepare and/or refrigerate the food before you discarded it.
To avoid this, try making smaller batches when you cook. Or, freeze your leftovers so they last longer.
Try These Tips For a Happy, Sustainable Kitchen
There’s no need for excuses, here. The steps above are easy and they can even save you money. So, remember this guide and follow these tips for a happy, sustainable kitchen.
To learn more practical ways to upgrade your kitchen, check out all of our kitchen-related articles. Find these by clicking the Kitchen category under the Interiors tab on the menu bar.