We all are well aware of the situations regarding global warming and climate change. It is evident how scary it is to see our people suffering out of it and to even imagine what cost will be paid by the next generation for our doings. With all this information and awareness, if we cannot change our daily habits then there is very less chance to save the planet. We should start respecting nature by using resources very efficiently and in a proper manner. This initiative can be started by your own kitchen, a place where you spend most of your life.
It doesn’t even demand a huge change or rocket science to implement something as easy as using re-washable clothes instead of paper cloth, or using electricity very wisely, switching off the lights, oven, refrigerator, etc when not needed. Here are 10 game-changing and trending tips that can follow to make your kitchen eco-friendly:
Energy Efficient Lighting
Use natural light whenever possible to cut down your electricity bill. You can use fluorescent lights because they cut down electricity up to 50 percent and look very vintage in your kitchen. Switch to LED lights and bulbs that are high-energy and electricity-saving options. Also, very affordable in price and easily available. Check Ecoy for amazing kitchen decor ideas.
Kitchen gardens are so convenient and handy these days. It saves so much energy and the physical task of grocery and purchasing herbs and vegetables from the market. You can grow several types of vegetables really easily like carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, aloe vera, beetroots, etc. Herbs like parsley, curry leaves, mints, sage, basil, bay leaves, etc. can be grown and conveniently taken care of.
Another way to protect Mother Earth from our almost endless shedding of household waste is to use a tankless ro system. These systems not only help everyone in the household gain access to better water than what comes out of their tap, but it also prevents the secondary pollution that occurs when people have to eventually throw away the tank to their tank reverse osmosis system. Their filters also last longer, so that reduces waste even further.
Buy Second Hand
You don’t have to be necessarily less fortunate financially to opt for second-hand items. You can be super rich and still choose second-hand electronics and other products for the greater good of the environment. Grinder, blender, coffee maker, exhaust fans, and chimney can be easily taken as second-hand appliances instead of brand new.
If you are not comfortable going for second-hand items, then look for something that is energy efficient in nature. While you are purchasing a refrigerator or deep freezer or even a chimney for that matter, always look for electronics that consume low voltage of electricity. They are mostly identified as ‘Energy Star’ where usually electronics with 4 stars and 5 stars is the most energy-efficient.
Take Care of Hygiene
You should always take good care of disposing of all the waste and discard it in one proper area with multiple dustbins installed near your sink and washbasins. When you collect the waste to dump it, half of your job is done in terms of keeping the hygiene. Rest depends on the regular cleaning of the kitchen’s cupboards and shelves, drying your pots and lids before storing them, maintaining the fragrance, and keeping the re-washable wiping cloths and dishcloths handy when needed.
Very fine alternatives are available in the market that not only make your kitchen environmentally friendly but also add beauty to your kitchen. Ceramic crockeries, brass bottles, mason jars, borosil glass bowls, stainless steels, and silicon-based baking trays and molds. All of these are excellent examples of wise and better choices instead of opting for plastic products.
Prevent Food Wastage
Food wastage is the most common and most terrible thing to do. Not just in terms of being eco-friendly but also wasting the blessing when there are people who don’t get to eat a single meal for the day. ‘Food Hugger’ is the answer for your food wastage, it can be added to your arsenal and the set comes with five silicone food savers where you can cover half slices of vegetables and fruits without them getting stale and wasted.
Reuse and Recycle
There are plenty of options where you can reuse and recycle kitchen products. You can maintain a different section in your kitchen where you can collect all the recycled goods such as paper, wood scraps, vegetable peels, bamboo straws, etc. You can use reusable sponges for the sink and store your soap in a proper and dry way so that it lasts longer.
Avoid Plastic Bags
Use mason jars and reusable pouches instead of plastic boxes to store, refrigerate or pack the food. Whether you want to soak overnight oats for breakfast or keep candies and chocolates in it. You can also switch to bioplastic bags, silicone molds, and trending ‘seaweed’ plastic as an alternative to plastic bags.
Use of Natural Fabrics
Now the final and one of the best decisions that you may make for your kitchen is using washable cotton towels and dishcloths. This will cut the usage of paper towels and is ideal to dry the pan and pot. It is easily washed with very minimal use of soaps. Many latest studies have proven that alternating ‘bamboo’ with wooden cutting boards is quite a wise choice that people are making. Bamboo is also used for backsplashes and flooring.
It is entirely up to us to bring small changes into the process, to be able to think like a responsible citizen who understands the value of resources and the damage it may cause if any sincere measures will not be taken.