Easy Ways to An Eco-Friendly Kitchen

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It’s becoming much easier to find all kinds of kitchen products that are better for the environment. Organic cotton and hemp/linen dish towels, table linens, aprons, napkins, even pot holders, are found online and in some home and kitchen retail stores.

It’s best to use cloth dish towels and napkins, but if you find that you can’t live without papertowels and napkins, why not try recycled-content paper products. They work just as well as non-recycled paper products and are easier on our forests.

By supporting and purchasing goods from your local and/or organic farmers, you help ensure a fresh food supply often with the best taste and quality. Try composting food scraps instead of throwing them in the garbage. You’ll be surprised how much less trash you put out to the curb, plus your gardens will love the addition of nutrient-rich soil.

You can even serve meals on beautiful recycled glass dishes (see my earlier post here)!

If you scrape plates, instead of rinsing them off before loading them into the dishwasher, you’ll save plenty of water. Today’s dishwashers are more than capable of thoroughly cleaning dirty dishes. Speaking of dishwashers, if you are in need of a new one, look for the Energy Star label on dishwashers, refrigerators, and even light fixtures, to consume less energy and save money on your electric bills.

If your existing light fixtures don’t need replacement, be sure to use compact fluorescent lightbulbs when the energy-hogging incandescent bulbs burn out. CFLs come in many shapes and sizes that are suitable for nearly every light fixture in your home. They use about 75% less energy and last much longer than incandescents!

A couple of simple eco-conscious things to do include limiting use of the garbage disposal and electric can opener (the hand-operated openers usually work just as well).

If it takes a while before the water from your kitchen sink gets hot, there are instant hot water heaters that can be placed under the sink to remedy that problem. It reduces the demand on your main hot water heater. An aerator placed on your kitchen sink faucet will reduce water consumption without compromising water pressure. Also, replace bottled water use in your home with a refillable pitcher that filters out impurities.

When your kitchen needs a fresh coat of paint, opt for zero-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints which are readily available everywhere now. This will help maintain good indoor air quality. Also, natural cleaning products are safer to use around children and pets.

For ideas on green options for kitchen countertops and cabinets, check out my previous posts by entering key words in the Search box on GreenStrides.

photo courtesy of Rawganique.com

Tag(s): Food, Going Green, Green Furnishings, Kitchens And Baths


2 Responses to “Easy Ways to An Eco-Friendly Kitchen”

  1. Green Kitchen Education Center on October 16th, 2008 3:10 pm

    Purchasing green cleaners is another way to keep your kitchen eco-friendly. Check for a green label on your kitchen cleaners, such as EcoLogo or the Green Seal Certification. Products with these logos have been third party tested and have met a series of environmental standards.

  2. Greg on October 17th, 2008 10:41 am

    With regards to putting an aerator on your kitchen faucet typical low flow is 2.5 gallons per minute but there are actually aerators that restrict water as low as .5 gallons per minute. The lower gallon per minute aerators are good for your bathroom faucets but for the kitchen you will probably require a higher gallon per minute model. There are also low flow swivel head aerators which are great for the kitchen, here is a link to examples http://www.faucetaerators.com/swivel-head-faucet-aerators-c-25.html you can’t buy them here but can get them at the hardware store.

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