It’s time for my newest video, Green Your Kitchen in 4 Easy Steps! This is the fifth and final video in a series of videos filmed during my trip to New York City and produced by the amazing team over at Manilla. Each video covers some of the many ways we can all lead a greener life. If you missed the first video, 5 Simple Steps to a Greener Life, you can find it HERE. There’s also Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips and 5 Ways to Go Green and Save Green. The fourth video is The Benefits of Going Green.
The kitchen is the central location in the home. Families meet there to eat, chat, and hang out. But it’s also the room that produces the largest amount of waste. Green your kitchen by following these easy steps.
1. Replace kitchen cooking utensils with eco-friendly alternatives
As your utensils get old and warn out, choose greener options, like stainless steel and wood to replace them. But before you go tossing out your silverware drawer, remember that the greenest thing you can do is to use what you already have and replace the old only when needed.
2. Choose healthy pots and pans
Non-stick pots and pans are coated with Teflon. When used at high temperatures, Teflon can emit toxic fumes that can kill pet birds and cause people to develop flu-like symptoms. To avoid this—and other potential health risks—choose cast iron or stainless steel options.
3. Use reusable napkins
Think of all the paper you are tossing out after each meal. If a five-person family eats just one meal a day at home using paper or disposable napkins, they are using 1,825 paper napkins per year. Switching to reusable napkins is a simple change that will have a big impact.
4. Invest in non-toxic cleaning products
Our food comes in contact with counters and other surfaces in the kitchen. Using non-toxic cleaning products to clean those surfaces is very important. Try to find brands that don’t contain harsh chemicals or try making your own from baking soda, vinegar and other non-toxic ingredients.
How have you added a little green to your kitchen?
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