Kitchen is usually the least eco-friendly room in the house. Appliances eat up energy and water, and we are careless with these resources. On top of that, we use detergents and disinfectants that are full of petrochemicals and phosphates and we fill our bins with non-biodegradable waste.
Why should I be aware of this?
Whether we are creating a new kitchen from scratch or just going for a revamp, an eco-friendly kitchen remodel does not have to cost the earth. We can easily accomplish a few eco friendly choices in our kitchen remodel that will make a huge difference in our effect on the environment.
What can I do?
Farmers' Markets are great places to find fresh, local produce, farmhouse cheeses, breads, and other homemade items. Shopping the farmers' market also supports your local farmers and gives you the opportunity to connect with other food lovers. Bring your own shopping bag, small bills, and lots of curiosity. Find the markets in your area and have fun.
Buy as much as you can from local producers. If food items have to travel thousands of miles before being sold, that’s a lot of wasted fuel! Also, large national producers use a large amount of paper and plastic to keep food fresh. By buying local food you will not only get fresh things, but will also be supporting small farmers and the local economy.
Make informed choice
Avoid species of fish and shellfish that have been severely overfished and are endangered, such as include Red Snapper, Orange Roughy, and Chilean Seabass. Make informed and aware choices.
Use natural cleaning products
Check out the label of most household cleaning products and avoid them if anything sounds unknown or suspicious. Most of the chemicals in cleaning products are not good for people, animals, or the environment. Remember that most things in the kitchen can be cleaned with vinegar, baking soda, and lemons. Try these first and save the industrial strength stuff for the truly difficult cleaning.
Reuse vegetable scraps
Before tossing out those vegetable scraps consider if they can be used for something else. Many vegetables work great for making a chicken or vegetable stock. Parsley stems, carrot pieces, onions, tomato bits, celery, and others work great. You can also compost your kitchen scraps in a compost pail if you have a garden.
Change the lights
Changing those incandescent bulbs to more energy efficient fluorescent bulbs can help save a lot of energy. Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), which fit in a standard light socket, use less energy and create less heat, thus saving more energy from cooling costs. Opting for natural lighting is another effective alternative. Consider installing tubular skylights which are relatively inexpensive and bring a considerable amount of light into the kitchen.
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