Eco-friendly products for the kitchen are important for two reasons. First, because we want to keep our house “green” as possible and the kitchen is a good place to start. Second, an earth-friendly kitchen is also a healthy place to be.
I made a list of eco-friendly kitchen products and tips that have a real positive impact on the environment and can truly make a difference.
Eco-friendly kitchen products and practices
Storing dry food in glass jars
Store dry food like lentils, legumes, grains, seeds and spices in glass jars instead of plastic bags.
A messy pantry isn’t efficient. It makes us uncertain about what raw materials we have in store. We forget to use ingredients, so they go bad.
If you keep your Dry food / Spices in bags or plastic containers, and your food tends to spoil – this tip is for you. Jars. They exist.
Why jars are the ideal eco-friendly kitchen product?
Eco-friendly cloths (instead of paper)
Consider using reusable Nano towels instead of disposable paper towels.
Paper towels might be convenient, but they have negative environmental impact. They are a use-and-throw-away item isn’t suitable as an eco-friendly kitchen product. Moreover, they have a major role in global deforestation.
If you use a lot of them, consider switching to an eco-friendly alternative for paper towels.
Why use eco-friendly cloths?
Use reusable/compostable dishes
Consider using biodegradable disposable dishes instead of plastic.
Don’t get me started on plastic plates/cups/spoons/forks and whatnot. They’re ugly, they are uncomfortable to eat with and they are hideously not Eco-friendly. Please, reconsider using them in your kitchen if you ever do so.
Why use reusable dishes?
If you insist on disposable plates – choose biodegradable ones made from Banana leaf, bamboo or paper.
Consider owning a few different trash cans for each garbage type. One for Plastic wrapping, one for glass, one for paper and one for organic material (food).
I know some people throw all their garbage into one can and then they either separate it or throw it all together. If your local authority has a recycling program, you should separate your garbage.
Why pre-separate garbage?
Use eco-friendly dish soaps
Consider using a natural dish soap instead of a chemical one.
Switching to eco-friendly kitchen products should start with getting a natural dish soap. Conventional dish-soaps are made of petrochemicals that aren’t easily biodegraded. In fact, they cause real harm to the environment when they get from our plates into the sewage system.
Why use eco-friendly dish soap?
Install a water-saving aerator
Consider installing a faucet aerator on your kitchen sink tap.
They’re small, save money on water bills, and you’ll forget they’re even there.
Why install a water-saving aerator?
Reuse cooking water
Consider reusing water that was used during cooking to water your houseplants.
Don’t just drain clean cooking water into the sink, it has other uses.
Why reuse cooking water?
Chop on wooden cutting boards
Consider replacing a plastic cutting board with a wooden one.
Avoid plastic wherever you can, especially in your private kitchen. Don’t let it touch your food! If you chop your veggies on a plastic board, consider other options.
Why chop on wooden cutting boards?
Avoid aluminum foil and parchment paper
When oven cooking, consider using nonstick silicone baking mat or a regular baking dish with no Aluminum foil or Parchment.
Both aluminum and paper parchments are not recyclable or reusable after cooking. Good news is, you don’t have to use either.
Why avoid aluminum foil and parchment paper?
Store fridge food in sealed containers
Consider storing leftover food in the fridge inside sealed containers.
If you tend to keep leftovers in anything other than sealed glass containers, consider the following:
Why store fridge food in sealed containers?
Stop using non-stick pans
Although they are very easy to clean, consider avoiding ‘non-stick’ Teflon pans and pots. Use regular steel instead.
The Teflon covering may reduce oil usage but it’s not an environmentally friendly material at all.
Why stop using non-stick pans?
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