There are many ways to live sustainably in all areas in life. Here, I want to share a few ways to be eco-friendly in the kitchen. If you already do all of these eco-friendly actions, consider them friendly reminders.
- Use sponges, brushes, and towels made from recycled and/or sustainable material.
- Soak dirty dishes if necessary instead of leaving the water faucet on while washing. This will save time and water.
- Unplug appliances when not in use. This will save both money and electricity.
- When using the stovetop, use the burners efficiently. For instance, if you're cooking food in a small saucepan then there is no need to use the large burner; use the small one instead.
- When waiting for the hot water, filter the cold water in a filtration pitcher such as a Brita pitcher. Use this for drinking water for either yourself or your pets. You can also save cold unfiltered water for your plants.
- Try to keep the refrigerator door shut as much as you can. Leaving the door open for too long can make the fridge work even harder to keep the food inside it cold. An unnecessary open fridge door can cost you more money on your electricity bill.
- Hand wash dirty dishes instead of using the dishwasher. It saves you money and burns calories so it's a win-win situation.
- Keep vegetable scraps for either homemade vegetable broth or composting.
- Use cloth towels instead of paper towels. If you must use paper towels, make sure they are made from recycled fibers such as the ones sold by Seventh Generation.
- Use homemade cleaners instead of commercial, high-toxic ones. There are many recipes for DIY homemade cleaners all over the web, many of which consists of baking soda, lemon juice, and/or white vinegar.
- Keep food jars and containers to store bulk items like beans, nuts, seeds, and trail mix.
- Replace your kitchen lighting with energy-efficient lightbulbs.