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4 Easy Ideas For a More Sustainable Kitchen

Many people are searching for ways to live in a more Eco-friendly manner, and in many cases, living more Eco-friendly coincides with having a sustainable kitchen. Four aspects homeowners can implement in order to receive the greatest benefits monetarily and environmentally are as follows.

Use natural cleaners

One way to create a more Eco-friendly lifestyle and a sustainable kitchen is making cleaners using natural ingredients. From cleaning the floor to the countertops and appliances, there are many demands for cleaning products in the kitchen. Thankfully, various recipes online offer options when it comes to homemade cleaners. Most of these recipes use natural ingredients such as baking soda and vinegar to create effective cleaners, which are devoid of harmful chemicals. In addition to being better for the environment, homemade cleaners are also much cheaper, meaning homeowners will save a great deal of money when they make their own cleaning products.

Grow your own produce

Anyone who is a vegetarian or a vegan likely understands the expense involved in acquiring produce that has not been treated with chemicals or engineered in some way. For individuals who desire fresh produce without spending a fortune, creating a garden is an excellent idea. Container gardening is a great way to implement this tip as it presents a way for individuals who have little garden space to grow produce. This type of gardening is accomplished by using containers and planting the vegetables or herbs in various containers. Moreover, there are types of container gardens that are designed for outdoor and indoor use. In addition, gardening is a great activity for kids.

Try composting on for size

To grow healthy produce, proper fertilization is necessary. The great news is that most individuals can make their own compost saving money and eliminating their home’s waste at the same time. Composting units are available to purchase at most hardware stores. Individuals can use composting containers to dispose of left-over food and bits of leaves and other debris. Eventually, the mixture becomes fertile compost perfect for fertilizing a garden. Therefore, kitchen waste can fuel the creation of new produce that will in turn feed a family. Creating compost and gardening are great family activities and great ways to ensure a sustainable kitchen.

Stop using plastic or foil wrap

The final way individuals can create a more sustainable kitchen is forgoing the use of plastic or foil wrap for food storage or cooking. There are alternatives to foil and plastic when it comes to food storage. For example, reusable silicone lids eliminate the need for aluminum foil or plastic storage in regards to food storage. One size stretches to fit multiple containers. An alternative to foil as a means of keeping food warm is a thermal food cover. These covers perform the same task as foil but can be washed and reused repeatedly.

Creating a sustainable kitchen is an ideal way to establish a more Eco-conscious home. Individuals can implement the tips above to accomplish this task.

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Comment by Appleblossom 79 on May 18, 2013 at 1:54pm

Awesome ideas!!  Another way to go green in your kitchen is to not use paper towels.  We use alot of re-usable towels plus I have made our own washcloths and general cleaning cloths (getting rid of dishwashing sponges too!) from old shirts, pants, socks and sheets.  I just throw them in the wash when I do a load, they don't take up much space in your washer either :)

Comment by Appleblossom 79 on May 18, 2013 at 7:53pm

and if you don't want to make you own reusuable "paper towels" you can purchase them.

http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade?q=reusable%20paper%20towel&...

Comment by Karin Bosela on May 19, 2013 at 4:03pm

Hi Alexander.  I really enjoyed all of the tips you've listed to be more Eco-friendly but I have a question. I use foil when roasting in the oven so that the braising liquid doesn't evaporate.  Lids don't seem stop this by themselves.  Any suggestions instead of the foil to accomplish the same result?

Comment by Alexander Goodwin on May 20, 2013 at 10:56am

Thank you both for the comments. @Appleblossom79, thanks for that tip, my wife and I will definitely consider giving reusable paper towels a go :) @Karin Bosela. My wife and I (mainly my wife, her cooking skills are far superior to my own) have wrestled with this as well. The only solution we have come up with is trying recycled aluminum foil. I know Reynolds has some on the market, not sure about other brands though.

Comment by Appleblossom 79 on May 22, 2013 at 9:02pm

in reference to the comment about the aluminum foil, there is something you can do to reuse it ( you can also recycle it in some places)  If you take a piece of foil that has been used and wash it you can ball it up and use it like a dryer sheet ( i would recommend at least 3 foil balls), it works wonders for static electricity.  I have stopped using softener and dryer sheets because they contribute to antibiotic resistent bacteria and I have extremely sensitive skin and  the balls of foil have really helped with the static in the laundry for me.

Comment by Karin Bosela on May 23, 2013 at 5:20am

Thanks Alexander - I do use recycled foil but I guess I was hoping for a replacement. I wash and reuse it when every possible and will have to look for an upcycle project for it.

Appleblossom - Will have to try the foil in the dryer although I never use dryer sheets but like the idea of removing the static cling.

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