Make Your Kitchen Eco-Friendly

Daisy Ratnasari

If you want to make your kitchen an eco-friendly zone, there are a number of methods you can adopt that will help to preserve the environment. It turns out that most items in your kitchen can be cleaned using baking soda, vinegar and lemons. You only need to look at the cleaners on the celebrity home makeover shows to see that when they clean, they use these three items.

The ‘off-the-shelf’ cleaning products have all sorts of hazard warnings on them. That should be a sign that is not good for your kitchen or the environment.

One of the most important elements when trying to create a more eco-friendly kitchen, is to think before you throw. When casually throwing way scraps, try to think what else they could be used for. Many homes use vegetable scraps for compost or for use in vegetable stock. By doing this, food wastage can be reduced and this is a great start to making your kitchen more eco-friendly.

If possible, try to pick some energy saving light bulbs. They often cost a little more but they do last longer. This is a great solution for anyone who is ‘green’ minded.

It may seem really obvious but recycle, recycle, recycle! Boxes, plastic and bottles can all be dropped in at your local recycling plant. If you wanted to go one step further, think about re-modelling your kitchen and use recycled materials. These can include reclaimed timber, stone and even paper! Many materials come in lots of beautiful designs – some are even as good as high end modern kitchens. So, it’s worth a look.

Lastly, have a keen eye when looking for kitchen appliances. Look out for the Energy Star symbol; this identifies products that are more energy efficient (typically more than 10-20 per cent better). Also try convection cookers as they cook faster (this obviously has both the benefit of the dinner being on the table faster and that it is also eco-friendly!)

Whether you’re making small changes or you are completely changing your lifestyle to accommodate more eco-friendly methods, every step is a positive one. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you can only manage one or two of the tips written down here on the page – they are just suggestion. If everyone implemented one of these, we’d be a much ‘greener’ nation! The environment will thank you for it and your new lifestyle may have a positive impact on many generations to come!

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