If you, like us, are someone who is very conscious about the damage that humans are doing to the planet, then you are in very good company. There are many things in the home that you can change and replace in order to keep your home an environmentally friendly place and today we are going to focus on what you can be doing in the kitchen to stay greener. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which you can turn your kitchen into a green space.
If you elect to use a French press coffee maker, then you will be able to save a great deal on the amount of energy that your old coffee machine used up. The coffee press still requires hot water but you can boil water on the stove instead of using a kettle. Another great benefit of these presses is that it conserves the heat of your coffee which means that you can have more than one cup, without using more energy.
Having a herb garden in your kitchen not only makes it easier to grab what you want during cooking, it also means that you will no longer be buying herbs from the supermarket. One of the biggest cases of carbon being released into the atmosphere comes from the plane fuel that it takes to bring food from all over the globe, do your bit in helping to reduce this by growing your own herbs.
Water saver Dishwasher
Dishwashers aren’t recommended if you want to be truly green as you can always wash dishes by hand. With this being said, if you simply must have a dishwasher, choose a water saver dishwasher which has in-built functions to drastically reduce the amount of water which is used during the washing process.
Microfiber Cleaning Towels
Using paper towels can be done at great speed when you are busy in the kitchen and this results in a great deal of unnecessary waste. In order to counteract this, try using microfiber towels which have the same level of absorption as kitchen towels, sometimes better in fact, and they can be washed and re-used instead of throwing things away.
In terms of your garbage disposal, it makes very good sense to have a bin for organic products and for inorganic products. Using a separate bin for food waste means that you can utilize this for compost or at the very least, ensure that it goes to the right place in order to be recycled and used for compost elsewhere.
When it comes to buying new countertops for your kitchen, you really ought to try and buy recycled countertops. Wood is something that can be recycled very easily and in buying a recycled countertop, you can lower the demand of new countertops which is one of the reasons why we are chopping down so many trees.
Make these small changes in your kitchen and you can make it instantly greener.