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Eco-friendly is a term we use a lot, but what does
it actually mean when it comes to the kitchen? The
following environmentally conscious choices will not
only benefit your body and the environment but, as an
added incentive, your wallet as well.
T E X T BY SA N DY L I N D S E Y
We all have dishwashers, yet continuously reach for paper plates and
plasticware for get-togethers. Running the dishwasher after an event
costs less and adds an elan not found with disposable tableware.
Did you know that fruit can rot faster in the fridge because the
ethylene gas it emits as part of the ripening process gets trapped
inside? You may want to consider storing fruits at room temperature
On average, 14% of food goes to waste. That’s not just your dollars,
but the farmer’s work, transportation costs, packaging, etc., going to
waste and negatively impacting the environment.
The exception to the rule above is non-perishables that you absolutely
know you’ll use. Buying bulk means less packaging, less gas for trips to
the store and the ability to plan meals ahead.
While baking tonight’s dinner, why not bake tomorrow’s as well to
maximize use of oven heat? Plus, it’ll be nice to come home to an
already prepared home-cooked meal.
When it comes to remodeling, don’t overbuild. Yes, you get a lot back
from a kitchen remodel when you sell the house, but do you really
need a 6-burner gas stove when you mainly use the microwave?!
Unlike appliances, high-quality cookware and utensils can last a
lifetime. (Remember Grandma’s good old cast iron skillet?). Some
neighborhoods have a “kitchen library” for items you use rarely or
want to try out.
Manufacturer’s spend millions marketing the convenience of paper
towels to us. Buy sponges, dish towels and dish rags instead and when
they’re no longer fit for the kitchen, use them to clean the car.