Going eco-friendly is no longer just an option—it is a lifestyle. From the recycling family, to the tree-hugging hipster, going green is the best way for us to keep our planet healthy. Whether you live in an urban apartment, or a suburban home, there are many things that you can do to turn your home green—and we don’t mean the color!
One of the best places to focus on in the home is the kitchen. The kitchen is a great place to start since it is the uses so much electricity, gas, and water in your home. Finding ways to go green in the kitchen is a must.
Recycle Food Scraps: Start with food. According to World Food Day USA, 20 pounds of food per person per month is wasted in the United States, which comes up to 30-40% of the food supply. Of that food, most of it could have been used as a decomposer for a home garden and plants or as a compost heap in your backyard. By setting up a compost heap in your backyard, you are helping save the environment simply by tossing your leftover food in a pile. What could be easier than that? Now your mother has no reason to yell at you for messy eating as long as you toss the unwanted food in your compost heap after.
Recycling Center: Create a recycling center in your kitchen. Use bins by clearly marking them with labels stating whether they are for cans/metals, paper, or metal. Make sure to have a trash can specifically for items that cannot be recycled as well (i.e. napkins, paper towels, paint cans, motor oil cans, etc.). Tip: a great way to mark the bins is by buying them in different colors!
Green Cleaners: Buying cleaners that are organic and/or safe for the environment make cleaning an eco-friendly event that you will hopefully dislike less. By using eco-friendly cleaners, you are helping conserve natural resources one messy table at a time.
Use the Dishwasher: Remember when your mom told you to do the dishes by hand instead of using your dishwasher . . . well now you can say “no” with good cause. By loading an average dishwasher that uses six gallons of water per cycle, you are saving plenty of water. Or, better yet, try an Energy Star-rated dishwasher, which only uses four gallons of water per cycle. With the average faucet wasting two gallons of water per minute, you’d better be pretty fast with your hands if you want to do the same amount of dishes equal to the amount of water used by your dishwasher. Instead, how about we just leave the dishwashing to the professionals . . . or the machines?
Water Filter: Brita makes great water filters for your kitchen sink that not only save money but the environment as well. On average, a Brita filter can save you from wasting over 300 standard-water bottles per year. That’s a lot of money and plastic saved!
These are just a few of the many amazing techniques out there that can help you in creating your own green kitchen. Now do yourself and the world a favor by checking out some more ways to make your home green.
Author Bio: Edward Hurley, Social Media/Content Writer at HouseHunt.