One of the easiest places to decrease waste is in the kitchen, so I'm going to start there. Some ways to go green in the kitchen are:
- Use cloth towels for drying hands, wiping messes, and as a dish cloth.
- Use eco-friendly cleansers - you might even reach for natural cleaners like baking soda and lemon juice. There are many websites out there with recipes if your interested in making your own.
- Reduce the use of plastic baggies, wrap, and wax paper to store leftovers or pack lunches. If you must use something other than a reusable container, opt for something that can be recycled like paper bags or aluminum foil.
- Let your dishes air dry after washing (ie. don't put the dish washer on "heated dry"), this saves a whole lot of energy consumption.
- Buy food with a minimum of packaging when possible (think fruits and veggies..insert shameless plug...brought home in reusable produce bags like the one's I sell on Etsy). If you must buy prepackaged foods, opt for packaging that can be recycled like cardboard egg cartons over the Styrofoam variety. I also try to avoid anything that is individually packaged.
- Unplug appliances that do not need to be on all day such as coffee makers, toasters, and any other small appliances on your counters.
- Make sure any major appliances you replace are Energy Star Certified.
What are other ways you go green in the Kitchen?