A simple step to going green is to reduce waste. As easy as it is to use paper plates and plastic utensils during mealtime, these items are not environmentally friendly. Paper towels are also a waste when cloth towels and napkins can use in their place. Plus, a lot of paper products are expensive. Save money and trees by using the plates from the cupboard and cloth napkins.
There is no better time to clean than the present. Unfortunately, the manufacturers fill the majority of cleaning products with harsh chemicals. Baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice make for great cleaning products to use in any room. Grocery store shelves are also now filled with non-toxic, eco-friendly options for purchase. There are plant-based and biodegradable all-purpose cleaners available. Choose these products when shopping to keep the kitchen clean and green.
Splurge Now to Save Later
The majority of appliances made only a few years ago are not as energy efficient as those found on store shelves today. In an effort to reduce greenhouse emissions homes give off, today’s appliances are Energy Star rated. From refrigerators and dishwashers to ceiling fans and light bulbs, Energy Star designed products to operate well using a minimum amount of energy. This is an effort to limit energy waste and reduce the amount of money people spend on future energy bills.
In regards to kitchenware, it is common practice to purchase plastic and wooden pieces out of immediate necessity because they are inexpensive. Unfortunately, they are usually poor-quality products. Plastic spatulas melt. Wooden spoons rot. Purchase items made from stainless steel, bamboo, and cast iron. These durable pieces, though more expensive, will stand the test of time and reside in kitchens for years to minimize waste.
When ridding kitchens of old items, recycle. If the item is in decent shape, drop it off at a nearby Salvation Army. With larger items, research Take Back programs in the area. These programs accept used products and will properly recycle or dispose of the appliances.
In regards to groceries and household garbage deposits, many towns follow programs. In which recyclables are picked up on either a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Purchase or make separate containers for plastics, glass, aluminum, and paper. It is easier to separate items beforehand, instead of digging through the garbage later.
Going green is a concept that takes some getting used to but is worth it. We can limit the amount of destruction caused on our planet if everyone helps. Why throw money away on electric and grocery bills? It sounds foolish not to go green, doesn’t it?