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How to Go Green in Your Kitchen

With climate change well and truly affecting us all, we think it is high time that we encourage our readers to take some simple yet highly effective steps towards making their kitchens eco-friendly. In this blog, we look at the simple ways you can go green in your kitchen, and how to manage your resources more effectively so they go further.

Water Wise Dish Washing

Dishes in Kitchen Sink The case of the dishwasher: it can be 37% less wasteful than washing by hand, but not necessarily. The trick is in how you go about washing the dishes in the first place. When washing by hand, fill up on sink with warm soap water, and one with clean water for rinsing. With the tapped turned off for the actual washing, you’ll use less than half of what a dishwasher would put into a cycle. Should you only have one sink, first wash the dishes with your warm soapy water and set them aside. Empty the soapy water out when finished, fill with clean water, then rinse and set to dry.

Refrigerator Rules

Fridge with Produce There are way too many ways that a refrigerator can cost you and the planet dearly. For starters, we want to know how old your refrigerator is – this is because older appliances often become power hungry behemoths! Next, make sure there is enough space around your refrigerator for air to circulate in and out of the cooling system, as well as enough space between your products inside so cool air can permeate equally.

Thirdly, ensure that your refrigerators fans, coils and compressors are free of debris, and the gaskets seal tightly for maximum cooling effect.

And finally, please don’t browse the fridge wondering what you’re going to eat, with the door wide open!

Products and Packaging

Peaches in Fruit Bowl Fortunately, this eco trend has been gaining traction! More and more people have noticed the undue amount of plastic packaging that is wrapped around our produce, and it truly is a ghastly offence. Wherever you can, try to buy produce loose and stash it in a reusable shopping bag. Opt for larger sizes of products to avoid unnecessary individual wrapping, too. The way you shop can send a message to suppliers, asking them to change their ways, and allowing you to reduce your wastage.

Recycling, The Name of The Game

Plastic Bottles Make recycling the most convenient option for you by setting up categorised bins in your courtyard, dedicated to collecting paper, cans, plastic and glass. It won’t take long for you to build the habit of separating your rubbish into your bins. To make it easier, your municipal garbage crew will collect your recycling for you! Remember: recycled goods are a huge contribution to the sustainable living movement, and something to be proud of!

The Red Meat Situation

Raw Red Meat There is a reason that #MeatFreeMonday is a thing – the red meat industry is a huge contributor to climate change, as the rearing, feeding, and processing of the livestock uses unforetold amounts of water, and produces indecent amounts of greenhouse gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide. In fact, the raising and eating of livestock is responsible for around 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to Michael Jacobson, PhD, and director for the advocacy group Centre for Science in the Public Interest.

To make your contribution, consider having meat free meals once or twice a week!

Clean, Green Kitchens

Produce for Homemade Products Chemical kitchen detergents are packed full of harsh and harmful chemicals that definitely don’t need to be washed down the drain if one can avoid it. Consider plant-based and chemical-free detergents for your kitchen, which are less expensive to produce, non-toxic to use and better for everyone involved.

Water Wise Faucets

Person Washing Hands Try attaching a low-flow aerator to your kitchen tap to mix more air into the stream thus reducing water usage without reducing pressure. Aerators can be found at hardware and home stores, and are usually quite cost effective. You will save litres of water daily if you couple an aerator with conscious water usage.

At Home Concept, we care about you and your home, and the future of both. We implore you to try some of these simple and easy eco-friendly kitchen tips to do your part for the planet. Contact us for any queries, and be sure to look at our blog for more inspiration in the kitchen.

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