Making an Environmentally Friendly Kitchen
Your kitchen is the one area of your home where you can make a real difference to the planet. Changing small habits can lead to big changes and your kitchen is a good place to start. Here are some tips on making an environmentally friendly kitchen.
Start From Scratch
If you’re a new home owner or renovating your kitchen, start by using environmentally friendly building materials. Bamboo, recycled timber or stone are just some of the materials that are kinder to the environment.
Avoid using harsh cleaning products in your kitchen. Instead, use homemade cleaning products. Mix up a bit of white vinegar, bi-carb and lemon in a spray bottle as a multi-purpose cleaning solution that works wonders and is environmentally friendly.
Energy Saving Appliances
Where possible, invest in energy saving appliances. They will reduce your energy bill and impact on the environment. Check the energy rating on your washer, dishwasher, dryer and/or fridge to determine its energy efficiency. You can read more about the star ratings your white appliances should have here or read the summary below.
- Dishwasher- 3.5 or more
- Washers or dryers – 3.5 for energy and 4 for water
- Hot water systems – 5 star
- Fridges and freezers – at least 3.5
Probably the easiest and most convenient way to save the planet is to stop buying in excess or buying things you don’t need. This goes for everything in hour household. Avoid purchasing appliances that you’ll just never use – ice cream and popcorn makers, smoothie makers, blenders. These are just some items that often sit and collect dust in the kitchen. Clear out your kitchen, keeping only what is absolutely essential for day to day living.
Install recycling bins in your kitchen cupboards or designate areas where you can conveniently recycle your waste. Use food scraps for composting in your own garden or for your green bins.
Reduce Food Waste
Meal prepping on a Sunday for the week helps reduce the amount of last minute takeaway meals that add to your waste heap. Freeze food that you know you won’t eat in a couple days and find some quick and easy recipes you can make use of for last minute meals.
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