Going green doesn’t have to happen over night. Even if you make one change a month for nine months you can have a green kitchen. You will be happy you did!
1. Conserve Water:
According to the EPA, a family of four uses 400 gallons of water every day! Installing a kitchen faucet aerator is the most effective way to conserve water and save money! They are available at your local hardware store, are easy to install, and only cost about $10. (photo credit here
2. Drink Clean Water:
We often hear about clean eating, but what about clean drinking? By using a water filter like the Brita Deluxe Pitcher, you can filter out normal contaminants left in tap water like chlorine, lead and chloroform. (photo credit here
4. Use Glass instead of Plastic:
BPA is found in “almost ALL hard plastic around us: water bottles
, plates, lining in canned food. BPA is said to cause cancer, obesity, diabetes, brain and behavior problems, as well as hormone development disruption in fetuses, infants, and young children.” For more info, click here
. Don’t miss out on these fab bkr water bottles
. Glass water bottles with a silicone sleeve, these are a must-have for a healthy, green lifestyle! (photo credit here
5. Grow Your Own Organic Garden:
“Your garden should be an active part of your commitment to going green. Pesticides
, while they’re a quick fix, are too much of a risk. Think of it this way: If pesticides are poison to bugs, then why wouldn’t they be poison to people? There isn’t such a thing as “safe pesticides”. Don’t have space to grow your own garden? Read on for urban gardening tips by clicking here
6. Let your Dishwasher Wash Your Dishes:
Here is something to cheer about. Your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand and it isn’t necessary to pre-rinse your dishes! Studies
done by the Consumers Union show that pre-rinsing is not necessary and can waste up to 20 gallons of water each time. Now that’s what I call a two-for! Save water and time!
7. Go Wholesale Shopping! It may sound strange, but buying in bulk reduces the amount of individual containers you and your family consume in a year. While the giant vat of yogurt might, at times, make you feel like you are having tea with Alice in Wonderland, it does reduce your carbon footprint. Instead of bringing your individually wrapped snacks to the pool, consider portioning them out into reusable containers.
8. Beat the Heat:
By giving your oven and stove a break and using a toaster oven, microwave, or electric kettle to heat or reheat smaller portions you save money and energy. You also keep the temperature in your house lower during the warmer months.
9. End Chemical Warfare:
The kitchen probably houses the most cleaning agents in your home. All these chemicals are bad for the environment and worse, bad for you and your family! “Increasing evidence shows that the chemicals included in everyday products could be contributing to children’s diseases and behavioral disorders, including asthma, autism and cancer,” says Gigi Lee Chang
, CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World. Years ago you had to pay a small fortune to live chemically free but thanks to companies like Walgreens, who has created the first nationally accessible and affordable brand “Ology”, (which is formulated to be free of harmful chemicals) you don’t have to break the bank to do so! (photo credit here