In 2023, it’s more important than ever to reduce our environmental impact and live sustainably. With eight billion people on this earth and capitalism continuously running amok, sustainability seems like a dream. However, playing a role, even a small one, can in the long run make a big impact.
Now, you may be asking yourself where to begin? One of the best places to start is in the kitchen. Afterall, between three daily meals, a couple of cups of coffee or tea, and not to mention snacking, there’s a lot of use coming out of this room, and potential for a lot of waste buildup. So today we’re going to explore a few ways that you can make your kitchen eco-friendly and play a part in reducing environmental waste.
Reducing Food Waste
Did you know the average household throws away over 20 pounds of food each month? Not only is this a waste of money, but it also contributes to the production of methane gas in landfills, which is a potent greenhouse gas. To reduce food waste, start by properly storing and using leftovers. You can use an airtight container to store leftovers in the refrigerator, or freeze them for later use. Also, get creative with leftovers as well as outlier foods you haven’t quite found a use for; such as putting carrot tops into a pesto, or incorporating peels of vegetables into a hearty broth?
Another way to reduce food waste is by meal planning and grocery shopping with intention. That could mean reducing impulse purchases, being conscientious of product packaging, or buying your grocery items in bulk. Not only will you find yourself creating less food waste, but you’ll be saving yourself a bit of money in the long run.
Utilize Eco-Friendly Products
Using eco-friendly products in the kitchen can have a big impact on the environment. Reusable containers and utensils and biodegradable cleaning products are great alternatives to traditional, disposable products. Not only do they reduce waste, but they are also often better for your health, as they are free of harsh chemicals. Another benefit is that many eco-friendly products are produced by sustainable resources. Take for example bamboo-made products. After all, bamboo is a fast-growing and renewable resource.
Get Your Seedlings on Their Best Start
Reducing the amount of electrical energy in the kitchen is another great way to make a positive impact on the environment. Some simple steps you can take include using energy-efficient appliances, turning off lights when not in use, and using a pressure cooker for quick and efficient cooking. For example, using a slow cooker or pressure cooker instead of the oven or stovetop can help you cook meals faster and use less energy.
By reducing energy usage, you not only help the environment, but you also save money on your energy bills. Additionally, it’s important to properly maintain and dispose of old appliances to ensure they are disposed of in a responsible manner. Many cities have recycling programs for appliances, so be sure to research options in your area.