The 10 Green Kitchen Commandments
If you want to live a green lifestyle, then one of the best places to start is in your kitchen. We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, which means a lot of energy gets used. There are so many things you can do in your kitchen to help improve your eco credentials.
All it takes is a few small adjustments and being mindful of the appliances and the amount of energy you are using. Running a green kitchen will save you a lot of money as well as helping to reduce your impact on the environment. If you want an eco friendly kitchen then here are 10 commandments you need to stick to.
1. I will recycle
One of the best things you can do if you want a green kitchen is to start recycling. Too much rubbish ends up in landfills which is terrible for the environment, and such a waste. Contact your local council and find out about what sort of things you can recycle. Start getting into the habit of sorting your rubbish into different recycling bins. It does take a little bit longer but it’s extremely important and worthwhile.
2. I will collect food waste
In the UK we throw away a shocking amount of food waste. In the UK, 15 million tonnes of food waste is thrown away every year. You can create composts at home using food waste, which creates valuable nutrients for your garden. If you are unable to produce a compost then contact your local council to see if they do food waste recycling.
3. I will buy energy efficient appliances
Buying energy efficient appliances will save you a lot of money. It will also substantially improve your eco credentials by reducing the amount of energy you consumer. Daniel at Kitchen Warehouse Ltd said “Older appliances can drain a lot of energy because they are not built as efficiently. Swap old energy guzzling appliances for new energy efficient ones and you will see a big difference”.
4. I will use natural cleaning products
Swap some of the nasty chemicals you use for some natural cleaning products. For example, lemon works quite well as a natural cleaner and can be used to wipe down surfaces. Make your own natural cleaning products or buy products that only contain natural ingredients. Many cleaning products contain toxins that are harmful for the environment.
5. I will cook in bulk
Try and cook in bulk where possible instead of cooking lots of different smaller meals. Each time you cook you use more energy. Try and fill your oven up when you are using it rather than cooking lots of things at different times.
6. I will buy local
Another thing you can do to help the environment is buy all your kitchen food locally. Head to local supermarkets, markets and farm shops instead of driving further to larger supermarkets and chains. The less distance is food item has to travel to get to your kitchen the better.
7. I will install energy efficient lighting
Swap your old inefficient light bulbs for energy efficient ones. Opt for LED lights or eco bulbs that gradually lighten.
8. I will only use only what I need
People overuse a lot of things in the kitchen when they don’t need to. For example, only fill the kettle up as much as you need and don’t leave food cooking on the hob for longer than it needs to be.
9. I won’t waste food
Try not to throw away lots of food that could have been eaten. Pay attention to the sell by dates on food packaging and only buy as much as you need. Use what you have left in your fridge instead of buying more. Freeze food if you think you might not be able to eat it before it goes off.
10. I will turn off appliances when I’m not using them
Simple, yet very effective. If you are not using appliances in your kitchen then switch them off at the mains.