It’s easier than you think to be environmentally friendly in the kitchen. Not only are you doing your bit for the planet, you can save time, money and energy bills, by being a bit frugal and more resourceful, you can really make a difference. Follow these simple steps to being greener in the kitchen:
1. Bring Your Own Bag
Most supermarkets provide reusable cotton ‘bag for life’ either free or for a small fee. Re-use your bag each time you go shopping. Not only will you not have to worry about the plastic carrier bags splitting on the way home, but it’s a good step towards being greener.
2. Don’t Buy For The Sake Of It
By your non-perishables in bulk, this is great for reducing your carbon footprint. Cut down on the amount of fresh foods, just buy what you know you will use for that week. This way, you are not wasting food, money or packaging.
3. Eat More Sustainable Ingredients
Check out organic and sustainable ingredients in your local supermarket, go to your local farmers market and buy locally grown fruit, vegetables and honey. If you’re feeling particularly green fingered, why not plant and grow your own fruit and veg! Fun to watch it grow and enjoyable to eat.
4. Don’t Over Use Your Pots And Pans
If you’re cooking a meal and you can get away with using only one pan, do it. Don’t opt for a second pot or pan if you don’t really need it. By using only one pan, you are saving energy, which cuts on your fuel bill and by keeping the pot or pan covered, the food cooks quickly so less time spent cooking and more time on other things!
5. Invest In A Dishwasher
If you don’t have a dishwasher, now’s the time to get one. Washing up by hand is not only a chore; it wastes an awful lot of water. By washing up full loads you can save up to 37% of water compared to washing by hand.
6. Waste Not, Want Not
You don’t have to skimp on food when feeding the family but there’s no need to pile the food on the plate knowing half of it will go in the bin! Aim for sensibly sized portions, most people eat more than they actually need, besides, it leaves more room for dessert!
7. Use Appliances Wisely
Do not leave appliances plugged in and turned on all day if you’re not using them. Always wash full loads in the washing machine and wash at the lowest possible temperature to conserve energy and reduce water wastage. An Inksinkerator also reduces water wastage and an induction hob preserves energy and helps to cut down on your monthly utility bills. Maintain your appliances and if you decide you don’t want them anymore, don’t throw them away, provided they are in full working order, either donate them or sell them on.
This article was written by James Harper on behalf of Kitchen Appliance Centre, retailers of insinkerators and induction hobs. Visit their site to see their range of induction hobs and insinkerators now.