7 Great Ways to Make Your Kitchen Eco-Friendly!
There are definitely more than 7 ways to make your kitchen more eco-friendly, but we want to highlight a few of the ideas we feel are most important. Having a green kitchen is not only a healthy choice for you and your family, but it will end up saving you money as well!
Yes, most everyone already knows this, but we couldn’t leave it off the list. The benefits to recycling are numerous, from reducing greenhouse gas emissions, easing the demand for resources, saving habitat destruction, reducing the waste in landfills and much more!
2. Buy Local
This is a great idea for many reasons. Not only will you be helping your local economy, but you will also be supporting local producers and farmers. The majority of goods purchased at large grocery stores travel over 1,000 miles to get there, which takes a lot of fuel. Also, some are packaged in plastic contributing to waste.
I love composting! Why? It is easy to do, and it is an excellent source of nutrients for the garden. If you have a garden I strongly recommend composting. It produces healthy plant growth and beautiful fruits and vegetables. Composting is perfect for recycling organic materials and reducing the amount of solid waste, which is great for the environment!
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4. Use Natural Cleaning Products
If you see skull and crossbones on the back of your cleaning package, you may want to rethink that particular product, especially if you have young children around. These products are not good for humans, pets or the environment. Use what Grandma used, simple vinegar, baking soda and lemons which can take care of most cleaning in the kitchen. Use natural cleaning products which keeps the air clean in your home and protects the environment from harmful chemicals.
5. Use a Dish Rack
This is a very Earth-Friendly idea. Drying dishes using a dish rack is a great way to save energy and resources. The majority of dishwashing detergents are extremely toxic and hazardous to the environment. In fact, if swallowed they can be fatal, and they can burn your skin if touched… Yikes!
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6. Use Your Own Shopping Bags
I am encouraged by the amount of people I see with their own shopping bags or shopping baskets. Plastic bags are another hazardous waste that we can do without. Not only do they fill up our landfills and take up to 1,000 years to break down, but they end up in our oceans and kill marine mammals. Using paper bags may seem like a better option but those bags are responsible for a lot of trees. The clear option here is reusable bags and baskets. Another benefit is their durability. I have been using them for sometime now and my groceries have never fallen out the bottom!
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7. Change Your Cookware
Many people are still unaware of the dangers involved with Teflon containing PTFE & PFOA. Recently, scientists have found great concern as levels of PFOA have been commonly found in many humans. This exposure has been associated with increased cholesterol and uric acid levels, and recently higher serum levels of PFOA were found to be associated with increased risk of chronic kidney disease in the general United States population and much more!
PTFE is used as a non-stick coating for pans and other cookware. Within two to five minutes on a stove, cookware coated with Teflon can exceed temperatures at which the Teflon coating breaks apart and emits toxic particles and gases. These fumes can cause flu-like symptoms in humans (a condition known as polymer fume fever) and can be fatal to birds.
We realize replacing your cookware can be costly but you don’t have to do it all at once. You can start with one pan and build the set overtime. We have many safe cookware choices from Ceramic Coated Cookware, Cast Iron, Stainless Steel and Copper. Cooking with safe cookware is not just recommended, it is essential for a healthy lifestyle.
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