Crunchy Tuesday : Green it up in the kitchen

My top 10 ways to go Green in the kitchen:

  1. Use CFL light bulbs. I’m in the kitchen a lot so the lights are also on a good part of the day. Using CFL bulbs throughout my kitchen not only uses less energy and can impact the environment in a positive way, but they also save me money on my electric bill.
  2. Install a water filter for your drinking water. You can go expensive and buy the ones that install under the counter, or go fairly cheap and buy the ones that attach right to the spout itself. Or you can even buy one of the water filter pitchers. (like Brita pitchers) You’ll be cleaning your water of contaminants and therefore drinking healthy.
  3. Be smart with your dishwasher. (they actually use less water than doing dishes by hand) Only run it when it’s full, and use a chlorine and phosphate free, natural based detergent like Seventh Generation.
  4. Use vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to disinfect, instead of lysol or bleach. And use baking soda and/or vinegar for cleaning and scrubbing the kitchen surfaces.
  5. Compost your food scraps for garden fertilizer.
  6. Avoid buying pre-packaged foods wrapped in plastic. Instead choose containers (like glass) that can be recycled.
  7. Store foods in glass containers instead of plastic. Not only are you saving the landfills from plastic that doesn’t decompose, it’s healthier for your body as there are toxins that can leach from plastic. (plus in the long run it’s cheaper since plastic containers eventually need to be thrown out)
  8. Get to know your stove. Try to make as much from scratch as you’re able to and cut out that pre-processed food!
  9. Use towels/rags, cloth napkins, and regular plates instead of paper products.
  10. Skip paper or plastic bags when you go grocery shopping. Most stores now offer cheap ($1) reusable bags. An added plus is that they are so much easier to lug in the house!

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. Vicky Harper says:

    Lots of good ideas for the kitchen here!
    We don’t even think about how much waste and poisoning of the environment goes on in the kitchen–it’s almost counter-intuitive!

  2. The Purloined Letter says:

    What a great idea! I did not know about Crunchy Tuesday until today–but I pulled up a Tuesday post from last year that has to do with all those grocery bags that kept winding up on our kitchen.

    Looking forward to future installments!