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8 Ways to 'Green' Your Kitchen

Reduce the Waste to Protect the Planet

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TIAD21

12/30/2010 2:18:10 PM

As much as I prefer organic fruits and veggies, mostly due to my fears of pesticide residues and environmental concerns, I think that it is misleading to promote organic foods as being more nutrient dense. Most studies have shown that organic foods are the same nutritionally as their polluted counterparts. Erroneous statements like that tend to take away from an articles credibility.

CORPORALKITTY

11/6/2010 11:23:59 PM

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Fantastic article, useful as a student as well :-).

JLPEASE

11/6/2010 1:48:39 PM

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Good article. I'm not sure where I live anyway, that buying locally is actually cheaper. I go to the Farmer's Market on Saturdays (have to drive, no public transportation to get there) and sometimes the produce costs more than at the grocery store. For those who don't have access to a farmer's market, grocery store prices for organic produce is way more expensive. I also live in the northeast and the growing season is not terribly long and obviously we can't grow a lot of things here at all due to climate. You can definitely taste the difference with organic produce, so I am willing to pay more for it, plus I want to support local agriculture, but for some people it's just not an option. We need to stop subsidizing the corn crops so farmers will have an incentive to grow more diverse crops, which might help bring the prices down.

STRAWBERRY*MOON

8/17/2010 3:21:35 PM

Good article. I eat locally as much as I can, but I'm still trying to resolve whether to give up papaya, pineapple, and such. I haven't reached a conclusion yet. I've done some work for the papaya growers in Hawaii and do think of their livelihood.

I highly recommend "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" by Barbara Kingsolver. It address growing much of her familiy's own food and buying the rest from local farmers. It's informative and entertaining and includes several recipes--but not that many, because it really isn't a cookbook. It also takes a look at the political and economic impact of buying food that must be trucked or flown from distant places.

By the way, her novels are first rate, too.

In the same vein I would like to see an article about "green" cleaning products.

STRAWBERRY*MOON

8/17/2010 3:20:59 PM

Good article. I eat locally as much as I can, but I'm still trying to resolve whether to give up papaya, pineapple, and such. I haven't reached a conclusion yet. I've done some work for the papaya growers in Hawaii and do think of their livelihood.

I highly recommend "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" by Barbara Kingsolver. It address growing much of her familiy's own food and buying the rest from local farmers. It's informative and entertaining and includes several recipes--but not that many, because it really isn't a cookbook. It also takes a look at the political and economic impact of buying food that must be trucked or flown from distant places.

In the same vein I would like to see an article about "green" cleaning products.

STRAWBERRY*MOON

8/17/2010 3:15:07 PM

Good article. I eat locally as much as I can. However, should we give up papaya, pineapple, and such? I haven't resolved the question for mmyself. I've done some work for the papaya growers in Hawaii and do think of their livelihood.

I highly recommend "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" by Barbara Kingsolver. It address growing much of her families own food and buying the rest from local farmers. It's informative and entertaining and includes several recipes--but not that many, because it really isn't a cookbook. It also takes a look at the political and economic impact of buying food that must be trucked or flown from distant places.

In the same vein I would like to see an article about "green" cleaning products.

SUNNYARIZONA

8/11/2010 1:46:03 AM

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I stopped using bottled water years ago. When they reported that some of my favorite brands were actually TAP water, that did it. I thought, I wanted to save money and since I was already paying for water, I wanted to use it! SO , bought a PUR picture (sorry Brita) and my FIRST camelbak bottle, which I LOVE, and have been drinking this water now , and am quite happy with the taste!

SKEETAP

6/9/2010 11:35:44 PM

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I've tried to reduce my paper towel addiction by using washable microfiber cloths for cleaning. I love them! Stainless steel, granite and glass are streak free! I buy a large package at one of the warehouse stores and when they are all dirty, I was them and start over.

KLOARAE

4/24/2010 1:07:21 AM

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I agree with most of the tips in this article. One I do have a problem with is the bulk buying. I used to buy bulk until I watched kids running their dirty little hands through the food. The teen agers licking the candy and then spitting it back into the bin. I lost my desire to buy this way. There has to be a bitter way. I just don't know what it is at this time. Thank you for all the good ideas you have furnished.

CAROLEHZ

4/23/2010 2:28:36 PM

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We use cloth napkins. I bought a dozen about 2 years ago and they still have years worth of use left in them, we don't even have any paper napkins in the house. Some people don't like using them but when you make it clear that it's ok..these are for everyday use, they relax and get used to it..I fold them up in a basket similar to when I used paper napkins..we also try to use dish towels instead of paper towels..we haven't stopped buying them entirely but we have cut way back on using them...I realize that the napkins and towels still have to be washed and that uses water but I throw them in with the regular loads so it really doesn't dd too much ( Iif they are really dirty I wash them on their own using a small load.

AZURE-SKY

4/23/2010 1:00:29 PM

There are a lot of great tips here, and I do what is feasible for my area of the country. I live in the Southwest, where water is a precious commodity.

I haven't bought bottled water in years. The author mentions using a refillable bottle for water, which is great. Where I live, the water coming out of the tap is warm, even hot in the summer. So having a filter on the kitchen faucet doesn't work for me when I want a glass of water. I have a Brita water pitcher that I keep in my fridge. It has a filter in it & ensures that I always have cold water handy.

Instead of buying bottled ice tea or other drinks, which means having to recycle the glass or plastic bottles, make your own, and keep it in the fridge. Then refill your own bottles.

I only run the dishwasher when full, usually every other day. The same with the laundry - I only wash full loads, and in cold water.

Another simple change for saving water is to take shorter showers. Turn on the shower, get wet, turn off the water while soaping up & shampooing, then turn the water back on to rinse off.

JGBAXTER

4/23/2010 11:15:09 AM

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Enjoyed the article~Thanks!

SUNNIEDAES

4/23/2010 10:24:49 AM

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If I only want to bake a couple of potatoes of something small, I will do it in my toaster oven instead of using power to heat and run my range oven. Little changes will add up to huge power savings.

BLONDWUNN

4/23/2010 9:25:48 AM

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Thanks for the new ideas I can add to the green activities I'm already doing!!

CMBELISLE

3/31/2010 11:58:23 AM

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I do at least a little of most of these with composting being the least prominent in my household, although coffee grounds are almost always dried then spread throughout my yard. When we started recycling our plastic, paper, cardboard and cans, our kitchen trash can got to where it only has to be emptied a couple of times a week instead of every day. It's easy too because the county has a curbside program and you just have to put it at the street weekly.

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