5 Ways to Create a Greener and More Sustainable Kitchen
An eco-friendly kitchen starts from eating green, however, it requires a lot more than that to build a sustainable kitchen. Developing energy-efficient cleaning and food preparation habits, using tools made from sustainable products, and dodging all toxic chemicals are just some of the things you have to get used, for creating a healthy kitchen.
Fortunately, making these changes will not only make your lifestyle healthy but also help you save money over time. Greener kitchens are truly essential right now for the planet’s well-being. So, we have some simple suggestions that will help you prepare earth-friendly meals – from cooking to cleanup – these tips will turn anyone into a greener gourmet enthusiast in no time.
When we talk about a kitchen, size and the number of equipment don't really matter as much as experience, devotion, passion, and skill of course. Sadly most people spend thousands of dollars on their kitchen without learning how to cook falling prey to silly consumerism. And in such cases designers do not really concern themselves with sustainability as these homeowners focus more on aesthetics, installing the most expensive appliances and tools that are far away from what you will find in a sustainable kitchen.
This blog will help all the clueless homeowners, who want to make their kitchen greener, but have no idea where to start.
Also before we start, a quick reminder, for you try to cut the use of plastic and tissues as much as possible. Instead, use metals for storing and cloth for cleaning. You can explore Casa Decor, for buying sustainable kitchenware online.
5 WAYS TO CREATE A GREENER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE KITCHEN
- Choose Equipment that Lasts
Choose sturdy and durable utensils and cookware that you don’t have to throw away within a few months or after a year. Buying long-lasting sustainable kitchenware is good for your pocket as well as the environment, as it will reduce your purchases and waste count.
So, ditch the frequent shopping sprees at your local flea market for buying kitchenware. Instead, opt for established brands with good customer reviews.
If possible avoid non-stick utensils and opt for cast iron or stainless steel. As people continue to debate about non-stick surfaces and their potential health hazards, one cannot deny that they indeed have a limited useful life.
Trust us, good cast iron utensils will be a great investment, even if they seem a bit pricy now because they will be used by your generations to come. Likewise, even with cutlery and other small kitchen tools like spoons, ladles, etc, avoid plastic and cheap material.
- Research about Your Appliances
Thanks to technology, every year we are stepping forward towards making better and more efficient appliances. Making energy-efficiency upgrades is the right path towards creating a sustainable kitchen but that doesn’t mean you should buy new appliances when you already have one. This will just increase waste.
Make these upgrades one by one, according to your requirements. Also make sure to research about the products properly before investing in them, because they can really make an impact, and also a lot of brands use lines like ‘eco-friendly ’, ‘100% sustainable kitchen appliance’ as keywords for false marketing. For example, an efficient dishwasher often uses significantly less water in comparison to if you wash the dishes manually in the sink.
But ensure that you only get rid of your old appliances when a repair is in order. There are several organizations that help dispose-of old equipment in an environmentally sound way by disposing the toxic chemicals in it properly, so ensure to get in touch with them. Also always look for the appliances' energy-star rating, while purchasing any electronic tools.
- Energy-Efficient Cooking
Preheating is a prehistoric thing. Most ovens now a day’s come to temperature instantly, so even if you see in a recipe to pre-heat, don’t leave it on for 30 minutes (unless you are cooking a specific dish). You can also turn off the oven a little early (5 – 10 minutes) and let it finish cooking on the remaining heat. You can also use the oven efficiently by cooking more than two or three things at the same time.
- Do It Yourself
Preserved, frozen and pre-prepared food is neither good for your health or the environment as it just results in the use of unnecessary plastic bags. Instead of filling your cooking space with plastic bags and frozen tins, make it greener and sustainable with vegetables and fruits and cook your meals yourself.
- Buy Local
Be it your cake stand, wooden bowls, or serving trays; try to buy products from local brands instead of brands like Ikea, Walmart, etc. This way you will able to support local artists and buy products made from premium wooden, marble, etc.
Also, make these eco-friendly considerations when buying food or gadgets. Instead of taking out a grinder every time you want to crush some peppercorns for your pasta, use a mortar and pestle. Basically, look for organic food and eco-friendly alternatives to make your kitchen greener and more sustainable.
Use these tips to make a sustainable kitchen in your home and follow a greener life!
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