Home>Blog>If You Can't Stand the Global Warming, Make the Kitchen Greener
Today's most popular color for kitchens? Green, of course. Here's how to give yours an environmental tune-up:
1. Run a "light wash" every time you wash dishes, except for exceptionally grimy loads.
2. Replace all chemicals such as bleaches and pesticides with non-toxic and environmentally friendly replacements, including vinegar, baking soda, and borax.
3. Seriously consider eighty-sixing the microwave, or cutting back its usageÂ significantly. Simply said, radiation and environmental friendliness do not walk hand in hand. What's more, nuking certain foods can zap away some of their nutritional content.
4. Plastic is no longer considered fantastic, especially when it comes to serving, storing, or cooking food. Chemicals from plastic can leach into your food and drink. Plastics break down as they're subjected to detergents or heat -- be it from a microwave, a conventional oven, or hot water.
5. Skip the paper towels whenever possible. Make towel-drying more appealing with someÂ luxuriously eco-friendlyÂ kitchen towels, like the Nandina bamboo kitchen towel.
6. Make recycling easy and convenient by setting up bins very near to where you prepare your food.
7. Start your own compost bin. If this simply isn't feasible, freeze food and veggie scraps and "donate" them on a weekly basisÂ to a friend in your area who does have one.
Congrats! Now that's a kitchen you can be proud of.