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8 Ways to 'Green' Your Kitchen

Reduce the Waste to Protect the Planet


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  • Enjoyed the article~Thanks!
  • 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.
  • Thanks for the new ideas I can add to the green activities I'm already doing!!
  • 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.
  • RE2BAH
    Thanks for this article!

    This is something I am passionate about. One thing you did not mention is vermiculture. I started feeding most of my food waste to my worms! The result is that I have more wonderful worm casts to add to regular yard waste compost pile.

    This enriched compost helps my plants grow better without artificial fertilizers! Worm "tea " is a by product of this that feeds my house plants!

    This is the best thing I've ever invested a small sum in and reaped so many benefits!
  • We've added a large, pretty basket with a plastic insert to our kitchen for our recycling. It makes it easier to recycle when the bin is right there! I just dump it into the recycling cart when it gets full, or when it's the day for the recycling to be picked up. We have other baskets or pretty bins on each level of the house so that it's just as easy to put something that belongs in recycling in a recycling container as it would be to put it in with landfill waste.
    Local is not always the environmental choice! The entire life cycle of food must be considered, not just the distance from the farm. I highly recommend the book Just Food by James McWilliams for a full discussion of the environmental issues surrounding food production. Organic and local are just two options, and can be taken to extremes.
  • In the town I live in (guelph, ontario) garbage day is only once every two weeks, but every week they take compost and recycling. All three are in different colours of see-through bags and they won't take any of it if its mixed up. I've seen garbage bags not collected because they had too many food scraps that should have been composted. Its a VERY green town :)
    This was very informative and I've already started going green with some things. The compost idea is something I'd like to try in our backyard.
  • Tips 3 and 4 are very contradictory. Most organic food from a store isn't local and vice versa.
  • very good information to get my kitchen green thank you
    Thanks for the interesting and informative article
    We have a vermicomposter in our apartment! It's wonderful, compact, low-maintenance, doesn't smell at all, and produces beautiful compost for gardening. Our start-up kit (worms, coconut bedding, bin with trays, and consultation included) cost about $200 but an aspiring DIYer could rig something cheaper with a little research. I love that as vegans we can compost pretty much everything we consume, and even certain paper products like the If You Care cupcake liners. Our composter stays inside in the cold months and the very hot months, and goes outside during more temperate times.

    The article didn't mention this tip for greening your kitchen, but the most effective thing you can do to be eco-friendly in the kitchen is to go vegan!
  • I knew several people in college who did worm composting in their dorm rooms. I thought it was the coolest thing, and much less wasteful than just throwing out scraps. I didn't do it myself because I mainly ate in the cafeteria instead of cooking for myself, but it just goes to show you that regardless of your living or financial situation, there is a way to be more "green."
    I once attended a program given by a local pecan grower. They had just become certified "organic." One of the critera was that they did not use chemical pesticides or herbicides for the past 3 years. But the company had been in business for over 50 years, and many of the original trees are still producing pecans. So the chemicals that were in use before certification are in the soil & in trees. I don't know the lifespan of the chemicals, but it stands to reason that there is still some chemical residue.

    I'd be leery of buying the bulk items. I've seen people stick their hands in the bins instead of using the scoops, and I've also seen kids poking around in them (I've reported them to the manager). Also, I'd be concerned about bugs because the bins aren't airtight - they just have flip-top lids. I'll keep buying my oatmeal at Costco in the 9 pound package.

    I haven't bought bottled water in years - I keep a Brita pitcher in the fridge at all times & use a refillable bottle when I go out.

    Other ways to be green:
    - I wash clothes in cold water;.
    - I changed my newspaper subscription to weekend only. I read the news online during the week. This also saves time & money since I don't see all those ads.
    - I shop online when I can. Instead of my driving to the mall, UPS or the USPS delivers my items.
    - I bank online, saves gas, time, and postage.
    - I use the library instead of purchasing books; I rarely read a book twice, so why buy it?
    - I use my crockpot often. It uses about as much electricity as a lightbulb.
    - I cook in bulk, freeze leftovers for future meals. ex - it takes the same amount of energy to bake 2 pans of lasagna as one.
    - I installed ceiling fans in all the rooms in my house. I can keep my thermostat set a a higher temp, because the house feels cooler with the breeze from the fans.
    - I installed light-blocking blinds & drapes. They keep the house cooler in summer & keep out the cold air in the winter, reducing my need for a/c & heat.

    Little changes add up.

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