By creating a kitchen that is healthy, you are going green too, which helps both you and our planet. And who could pass on up on the opportunity to do both, right? And you don’t have to do it all at one. You don’t have to blow your budget doing it either.
Take it day-by-day, little-by-little and start building habits in the kitchen that will protect the Earth’s air and water which is used by the land where much of our food comes from, which goes into our bodies. See the chain of events? Take a look at these 6 ways you can start going green in your kitchen:
Forget the Bag: America has the most consumers in the world and for some reason, we have decided that everything we purchase belongs in a plastic bag. Like at the grocery store, we bag our fruits and vegetable purchases. If you’re buying just one or two apples or avocados, or one onion, do you really need that thin plastic bag? Forget the bag, save the earth and it is $0 expense to you.
Reuse the Bags: When you do purchase things that a bag is really needed, reuse them! The plastic grocery bags that you’ve saved up and have stuffed in another plastic grocery bag – take a few with you next time you shop. This is another $0 cost to you and a big step toward going green.
Cloth Investment: Have you noticed those cloth bags at the check-out lane? Purchase one every time you do your grocery shopping and then use them! A small invest that will actually last a long time, maybe even a lifetime. Average cost to you is $1.00 per bag.
Be Aware of Waste: Almost 15% of the food we purchase is wasted. This is the same as putting your money the garbage disposal and turning it on. Where are you wasting that much food? When we over buy and let it rot then throw it out. But even deeper into it than that, think of the man hours and man power that went into getting that food to the store and on the shelves. Think about the waste of fuel for the farm equipment and the trucks, the fertilizers, the pesticides, the refrigeration and the packaging. Stop overbuying and the savings you’ll experience are yet to be seen.
Skip the Non-Stick: While that non-stick cookware makes clean-up easier, is the cost of the convenience worthwhile? When that non-stick surface is produced it releases PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) out into the air. This is a human carcinogen and it does not ever break down, leaving every molecule in the atmosphere. PFOA has been linked to birth defects, cancer and other health issues. Instead, purchase metal pans and if you’ll rinse them out as soon as you’re done with them, they aren’t difficult to clean. You can get these for around $50 and they will last forever if you take care of them.
Lifetime Purchases: When you buy new kitchen equipment and gear, buy lifelong products. While they may cost up front, but the higher quality bowls, graters, knives, pans, etc. will minimize your replacement purchases which will save you money over time. And think about the resources that are used to produce, package and transport these items. The initial cost to will vary, but look to the future how they are an investment in going green.