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6 Easy Ways to Have a Greener Kitchen

Morning shows are fun, but they are kind of rough on a Monday morning! I have a new respect for all those morning show professionals who do it 5 days a week!

We had a great time with†Ebru Today talking about getting greener in the kitchen. I kept my tips to things that were relatively easy, low or no-cost or in fact saved money. My philosophy on having a Green Diva kitchen is pretty simple and involves a few basic ideas: a Green Diva Kitchen should . . .

produce yummy food

be healthy

be earth-friendly

less expensive

low-stress!


6 Easy Ways to Have a Green Diva Kitchen

1. Use Cloth Napkins

  • Paper products currently account for one-third of the municipal waste in the U.S. Ė great case for using cloth napkins and dishtowels
  • Paper products: paper v. cloth napkins Ė manufacturing cloth napkins takes a little more energy, however to wash and reuse them multiple times makes up for it and saves a LOT of trees
  • you can also easily make your own from remnants

2. Buy More in Bulk

  • Buying bulk for dry goods can save on packaging AND money! Example: Organic dried cranberries on average are 98% less expensive than their packaged counterpart
  • Between a quarter and a third of all domestic waste is packaging: much of it food packaging
  • To buy bulk goods, find a food coop or buying club near you at†LocalHarvest.org

3. Recycle Even More

  • About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is only 28%
  • Recycle as much as you can
  • Try avoiding buying food and products with lots of packaging
  • Buy food and drinks in recyclable packaging such as glass jars or tin cans
  • Buy bulk

4. Use Only Eco-Friendly Sponges and Dish Towels

  • Most sponges are plastic and contain dyes, and synthetic disinfectants like triclosan, which has been determined to be a health hazard to humans and ecosystems by the EPA
  • Use a sponge made from natural and sustainable materials
    • Cellulose sponges – made from wood fibers – they biodegrade in landfills and go through a far less toxic manufacturing process
  • Landfills are filled with paper towels and there no way to recycle or reuse them
  • It takes about one year for the paper to biodegrade, the thicker the towel the longer
  • Itís cheaper to skip the paper towels

5. Remember to Use Reusable Shopping Bags

  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1 million sea creatures a year
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is twice the size of Texas and itís floating somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii. It weighs 3.5 million tons and is 80% plastic
  • If everyone in the United States tied their annual consumption of plastic bags together in a giant chain,†the chain would reach around the Earthís equator 776 times!

6. Composting is Easy

  • Compost is excellent for garden soil
  • If you donít have a garden, look for community compost program
  • Fruits and veggies, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells (rinsed and crushed), rice and pasta
  • Reduces your garbage output significantly

remember . . .

eat. blog. be merry!

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9:41AM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

thank you

1:12AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Thank you so much for such a great blog.
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4:47AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Great advices.Thanks for sharing

10:07AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

thanks

5:26AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

ty

3:35AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

useful tips thanks

8:01AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

If you have got plastic bags , cut them into strips , they make a great thread for peg looming and knitting. I made several door mats for christmas presents this year :)

6:51AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Great advice. Thanks!

5:23PM PST on Dec 21, 2012

thanks for sharing

1:16PM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Thank you.

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