In today’s society, people are becoming more aware of the impact their actions have. Whether it’s thinking more about what they’re putting in their body or how their actions are affecting the environment, more and more people are making better choices. In fact, 67% of millennials say they enjoy ordering healthy food when they’re out to eat. But while it’s easy enough to make healthy food choices, people also should be making good choices at home. And with these few simple tips, homeowners can be more eco-friendly in their kitchens.
One of the easiest ways to be more eco-friendly in the kitchen is to start exploring reusable packaging options. This is easy enough to do when you go grocery shopping if you bring your own shopping bags and buy unwrapped food products. And if you do have to buy packaged items, consider choosing environmentally-friendly packaging. Fortunately, more and more companies are implementing eco-friendly packaging, especially seeing as how the 2016 West Rock Consumer Insights Study found that 45% of consumers have chosen a product due to its eco-friendly packaging.
You can take using eco-friendly packaging even further and find ways to reuse items already around the kitchen as well. For example, you can reuse glass containers like wine bottles. And with 949 million gallons of wine being consumed in the U.S. in 2016 alone, chances are you’ve got a few of them laying around. So instead of getting rid of them, get creative and use them as vases, decoration, or to even store other food or drink items. Reusing whenever you can is a great way to be more eco-friendly in the kitchen.
A big contributor to non eco-friendly kitchen practices is using harmful cleaning supplies. Harsh chemical cleaners can not only be bad for the environment, but bad for your health as well. With that in mind, it’s important to consider alternative cleaning supplies that won’t harm you or the environment. Products like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and chemical-free soaps are great to use to clean the kitchen in a safe and harm-free manner.
And last but not least, one of the best ways to be more eco-friendly in the kitchen is to compost! Even if you try to keep your food waste to a minimum, there’s always going to be something that can’t be eaten. Whether it’s eggshells, coffee grounds, or vegetable scraps, it can still be harmful to the environment to throw these items away. But if you choose to compost them, you’ll be helping the environment — and your garden, if you have one. There are tons of different ways to compost, so you can easily find one that fits well with your lifestyle.
While going completely green around your home may seem impossible, it’s important to start taking baby steps. The kitchen is a great place to start because there are several ways to be more environmentally friendly with food and kitchen supplies. So if you’re looking for ways to help the environment, keep these eco-friendly tips in mind.