earth week 2021 - tuesday
The kitchen is one of the most used parts of the home and is also the place where the most waste is generated.
There are many simple, easy to make changes you can make in your daily routine in order to have a more sustainable kitchen.
In preparation for Earth Day, pick one or more of the tips below and try it out for a full week. If something works for you, stick to it. After a while, you will be well on your way in helping to restore our earth.
DID YOU KNOW?
Californians throw away nearly 6 million tons of food scraps or food waste each year. This represents about 18 percent of all the material going into landfills. Source
20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide, comes comes from organic wastes (food scraps and green waste) arriving at the landfill. Source
Many commercial cleaning products can present several health and environmental concerns. You can find out which ones through the US EPA. Source
DIY Cleaning Products
Many commercial household cleaners contain harmful toxins, require a lot of plastic for bottling, and are more expensive in the long run. Here are instructions for making your own household cleaners that are just as effective, healthier, and cheaper.
Refuse the Refuse
When shopping, refuse to buy items that are packaged or overly packaged. If going entirely trash free seems too hard, start with a few simple swaps: buy the unpackaged bananas instead of the ones wrapped in plastic, or the bulk carrots instead of the bagged ones.
Ditch the Disposable Wipes
Old t-shirts, wash cloths, and flannel blankets all make excellent substitutes for paper towels and disinfectant wipes when paired with your DIY cleaning solution. Cut fabric into hand or paper towel sized rectangles and keep in a nice basket or jar next to your sink.
Be Kind to the Garbage Disposal
Ask your plumber or local wastewater treatment plant what not to feed the garbage disposal in your sink, and they'll tell you to avoid adding cooking oil, bones, pasta, egg shells, paper towels and wipes, trash, paint, or any cleaning down the drain. Learn why by clicking here.
Practice Energy Efficient Cooking
Many common cooking techniques use energy unnecessarily. A few simple changes can be a major step to a greener kitchen overall: stop preheating the oven, turn off burners or ovens in the last few minutes of cooking, and try using smaller appliances like pressure cookers whenever possible.