There are several ways to promote green living in your home and reduce your climate impact, starting with your kitchen. Here are some tips to reduce your climate impact by buying environmentally friendly food options, reducing your water consumption and using environmentally friendly products in your kitchen!
1. Save Water in the Kitchen
- Make sure the dishwasher is full before you run it.
- Limit running water when doing the dishes by hand.
- Re-use water that you used for cooking pasta in your garden or indoor plants once it's cooled.
2. Use Environmentally Friendly Dish Soap
- Toxins from dish soap can harm nearby water sources and marine life systems, so reducing your use of non-biodegradable soaps is vital. Most stores sell dish soap and hand soaps that are friendly to the environment that you can purchase. You can even go one step further and make your own soap.
3. Limit Foods That Contribute to the Production of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- You can find information about the carbon footprint of foods here.
- Generally, animal based foods, including beef, diary, eggs and fish, have a higher carbon impact. Incorporating more vegan and plant-based meals are great for reducing your climate impact.
- However, it is also important to think about how far away your food is coming from. Buying local produce has a lower impact on the environment than buying produce, such as avocados, from half way across the globe.
4. Limit Use of Re-usable Plastics by Purchasing Re-usable Glass Food Containers, Alternatives to Plastic Bags and Plastic Wrap
- Save glass jars from food items and use them for storing bulk foods, such as nuts, rice, beans and more.
- Use glass jars and glass food containers instead of plastic bags.
- Find an alternative to plastic wrap, such as Bee's Wax - Bee's Wrap Sustainable Food Storage.
- Use Eco-Friendly trash bags. Better yet, you might want to take steps to reduce your waste all together.
5. Reduce your Trash Waste to Save the Environment
- If you can, compost your kitchen scraps. Some cities have options for this. If you have a backyard you can make a compost container. There are even apartment-sized compost options.
- Use re-usable shopping bags when shopping. Try to stop using those small plastic bags to put your produce in and use reusable bags instead. Oftentimes you can find reusable bags sold in grocery stores.
- Buy in bulk to limit the amount of plastic packaging.
- Try not to buy paper towels and use re-usable clothes for cleaning your kitchen instead.
- Use small washable cloth napkins to eat at the table with instead of paper napkins.
- Use scrub brushes and sponges made with renewable materials, such as wood, etc.
- Lastly, always recycle!
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