How To Go Green In Your Kitchen

A hot button issue these days is our impact on the environment. While there are many contributing factors outside of our control, we can actually do quite a lot of good in our own homes. Today, Timbercraft is looking at some of the ways you can make your kitchen more eco-friendly.

Use refillable containers and bags, while avoiding excessive packaging

Instead of constantly buying new plastic containers for food and storage, why not be kinder to the environment by reusing them? Plastic containers, for example, can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including storing fresh salads in your fridge.

Many products you see when shopping will overuse plastic packaging and wrapping. If you must buy them, try using a creative and fun way to make use of them in the future. This brings us onto our next point.

Kitchens can often fill up with many items if you don’t have enough storage. The solution is simple; reuse your plastic bags each time you leave the house for shopping. This way you are being more eco-friendly and your kitchen drawers won’t be stuffed with hundreds of old bags!

Conserve water use and reduce energy/fuel

A great way to conserve and minimise water usage is to only use a dishwasher when it is full. You can reduce water use and cut down on energy use at the same by washing some dishes in the sink if you don’t think you’ll require using a dishwasher. 

Shopping local is a great way to reduce your emissions, instead of driving long distances to shops who supply the same groceries. 

A fantastic and simple way to cut down on your energy costs and be eco-friendly in the process, is to shut that fridge door. Leaving your fridge door open can actually waste a significant amount of energy. Up 50 to 120kWh can be wasted per year. According to Seline Aparicio from Goodhousekeeping, “50kWh of energy could run your dishwasher 20 times and 100kWh could run your washing machine 50 times — almost a free load of laundry every week for an entire year”.

Reduce waste in your kitchen

Speaking of fridges, we can overestimate the amount of food we will need to store after grocery shopping. A great way to reduce waste is to plan out in advance how much you will need and to be mindful of quantity when shopping. Perhaps buying in bulk may seem like a great idea at the time, however stop and consider if you are likely to use even half of the amount you’re buying. 

If you enact the above steps you should have a reduction in both food and packaging waste. For the remaining food waste in your kitchen, make sure to place it in a container for compost. This way you are giving back to the environment. This also goes for recyclable food packaging left in your kitchen, which you should place in a recycling bin. 

Awareness

There are many ways to be eco friendly in your kitchen, but the most important step is to make others in your home aware and encourage participation. Maybe ask your family to join in and even help with some creative ideas around the house. 

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