START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

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!

Read more: Conservation, Eco-friendly tips, Green, Green Kitchen Tips, Home, Household Hints, Reduce, Recycle & Reuse, The Green Divas Podcast, Videos, Videos, Videos, , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

The Green Divas

The Green Divas share low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green through a weekly radio show, podcasts, videos and blog posts. Working with talented partners and credible sources like†myEARTH360 the Green Divas produce content on a variety of topics relating to a healthy green lifestyle.†Visit†The Green Divas website to learn more, and check out The Green Divas on†Facebook &†Twitter too!

70 comments

+ add your own
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.
Click here

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.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

Thank you for the list.

Thanks. I use coconut oil as it also has antimicrobial properties and other health benefits - and it…

So you're saying in this article that low blood sugar leads to aggressive behavior. Interesting, Dr.…

People should know how to separate fiction from real life... or they will learn it the hard way.

Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.