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Without a doubt, the kitchen is one of the most important – and popular – parts of the home. It’s where you eat for sustenance (think about wolfing down some cold pizza when you’re in a rush to get to class). It’s where you eat for pleasure, especially if you’re making that seafood dinner for that special someone. And it’s really where the entire family congregates at one point or another, even if just for a minute or two to load their plates up at dinner time. Making this room greener is an ideal way to essentially make your entire way of living greener, thus enhancing your own health and the health of Mother Earth.
These five tips will help you to green your kitchen and experience a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
- Reduce Your Red Meat Intake. It’s a known fact that red meat really isn’t good for your body, but it also is not good for Mother Earth, either. By decreasing the amount of red meat you prepare in your home each week – even if it means cutting out meat from your diet at least once a day – you actually protect the ozone layer more. After all, the manure of livestock produces a whopping 2/3 of nitrous oxide, a manmade gas that is 300 times more dangerous than carbon dioxide in contributing to greenhouse gas problems. Believe it or not, raising and consuming livestock can have a far greater negative impact on the ozone layer than vehicles can.
- Save Those Bottles. Don’t just stuff your empty aluminum cans and plastic bottles in the trash. Instead, set them aside, and find out where your area’s closest recycling facility is. You probably even have a local service that is willing to come directly to your home to pick up your recyclables on a regular basis. Not only does sparing your cans and bottles from the trash save you from having to change your trash out as often but also it spares manufacturers from having to use so much of the earth’s resources. Believe it or not, part of what a dishwasher maker or even makeup product company needs is right in that empty coca cola can in your kitchen.
- Skip the Plastic. Purchase cloth bags for grocery shopping, and once you unload your groceries each week or month, stow them away for your next grocery shopping expedition. Stop accepting polyethylene plastic bags, as oil is used to create them, and oil is not a renewable substance. In addition, these plastic bags often are not recycled and instead up in landfills, posing a threat to wildlife.
- Stop Washing Your Dishes. You don’t have to stop washing your dishes completely – just stop washing them by hand. Research has shown that using a dishwasher to wash your dishes actually cuts your dishwashing energy and water usage by half. Choosing an energy-efficient dishwasher makes this even better. Now, you have an excuse to not do dishes. Just make sure that you run your dishwasher only when it is completely full.
Don’t Ditch the Leftovers. If you have leftover food scraps, don’t just throw them down your garbage disposal. Instead, compost them and place them in your yard – as long as they are non-meat food items. You can end up using this homemade compost pile to organically give nutrients to your garden and lawn.
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