Making your kitchen eco friendly isn’t as hard as you might think. We all want to live in a more eco friendly home, yet making the switch can be intimidating. If you start with small steps and make those a habit, it becomes routine, and pretty soon you are ready to make additional changes. Just like with changing anything in your life, start small and work your way up to be successful.
Ditch the Plastic
We all know that plastic is not great for the environment. It does not easily break down and many plastic kitchen items (i.e. thin plastic grocery bags) cannot easily be recycled. Some states have started banning plastic bags and straws in stores and restaurant to combat the growing plastic pollution problem.
Now glance around your kitchen and spot the plastic items… Sandwich bags, saran wrap, snack pouches, bags, straws, plates, cups, bowls, disposable silverware. Today, there are eco friendly alternatives to these common kitchen items. When they start to wear out, recycle the item and then make the conscious decision to purchase an environmentally friendly alternative to replace it.
Choose Cleaning Agents Made with Natural Ingredients
Many cleaning agents are made with chemicals that most of us cannot pronounce. Just like with packaged food, if you cannot easily pronounce the ingredients, it’s time to find an alternative. There are many alternative cleaning agents that use natural ingredients. With a cleaner that uses natural ingredients you can rest assured that it is not harmful to children and pets as well.
You can even take this one step further and make your own cleaner with ingredients you already have around your home. A quick online search will show you how simple making your own cleaner really is.
Buy Food from Local Farmers
Shop local and support your local farmers. An eco friendly kitchen also includes the food that you keep in it. When you shop for season fruits and vegetables from local farmers you help mitigate food transportation costs and pollution.
You can find local produce at Farmer’s Markets as well as in your local grocery stores.
Dispose of Cooking Fats, Oils and Grease Properly
You can’t have an eco friendly kitchen if you have sewage backing up into your sink. We know that picturing that scenario isn’t fun but that’s the truth of the matter when it comes to plumbing caused with cooking fats, oils and grease. Stop rinsing cooking than pan of bacon grease or stir fry oil down the sink. Instead, reach for a Grease Hero drain guard.
Grease Hero is designed to be placed into the top of your kitchen sink drain, so you can quickly and easily pour used cooking fats, oils and grease into it and then promptly dispose of it. It’s designed with recyclable materials to absorb the oil and grease waste and can be thrown out with your regular garbage. See Grease Hero in action on our YouTube channel. This one easy change in your kitchen cleaning routine will save you money from costly plumbing repairs, the city from expensive sewer damage, and our environment from deadly contamination.
These small changes to a more eco friendly kitchen make a difference in your home and in the health of our planet.
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