A good homestead not only has fresh ingredients, delightful spices, and herbs, or a few cookbooks, it can also have a sustainable kitchen that uses various eco-friendly products and processes. Creating a sustainable kitchen is an excellent way to cook delicious meals in a healthy space and reduce your impact on the environment.
From using all-natural cleaning products to cooking with sustainable materials, there are many ways that you can create an eco-friendly kitchen. In this post, we will share ten practices and the benefits of each one!
Table of contents
- 1. Buy Local or Grow Your Fruits and Veggies
- 2. Invest in Stainless Steel or Cast Iron Cookware
- 3. Choose Eco-Friendly (Energy-Efficient) Appliances
- 4. Use More Eco-Friendly Cooking Methods
- 5. Learn to Cook from Scratch
- 6. Use Eco-friendly Storage Methods
- 7. Make DIY Burlap Grocery Bags
- 8. Compost Food Scraps
- 9. Recycle Cans and Plastic Bottles
- 10. Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
- Bonus Tip: Buy Commonly Used Items in Bulk
1. Buy Local or Grow Your Fruits and Veggies
- Buying local or growing your food supports the local economy.
- Locally grown items are usually more nutritious and are fresher.
- The food produced is safer and healthier.
- Fresh produce is easier to access from farmer’s markets or your backyard.
To learn more about the benefits of eating locally, check out this post from MSU Extension.
If you are interested in starting your own garden, check out my post called “New Gardener 101 – Vegetable Gardening in 7 Steps
2. Invest in Stainless Steel or Cast Iron Cookware
- It allows you to invest in what you use the most instead of purchasing a 20 piece set.
- The cookware lasts longer and has excellent heat conduction.
- It can be easier to clean.
- Food can have better results.
3. Choose Eco-Friendly (Energy-Efficient) Appliances
- Energy-efficient appliances can save money on utilities.
- Allows you to cook more in less time.
- You can receive credit or cashback from the utility company.
- It can reduce the impact on the environment.
4. Use More Eco-Friendly Cooking Methods
- It gives your more opportunities to cook outdoors.
- It allows you to reduce the heat in your home by using the limiting the amount of time that you spend using the stove.
- You can pre-plan and prep meals in advance.
- A great way to get more out of the smaller kitchen gadgets.
5. Learn to Cook from Scratch
- You can have more control over your food.
- The food is often better tasting.
- You can use fresher ingredients.
- It would save more money than if you bought fast food.
6. Use Eco-friendly Storage Methods
- It stacks easier, and it keeps you more organized.
- Allows you to repurpose unused items.
- Reduces the amount of trash that goes to the landfill/
- It saves money versus buying zip lock bags repeatedly.
7. Make DIY Burlap Grocery Bags
- Burlap bags are more durable and more substantial.
- It reduces your carbon footprint.
- You can carry more in a bag than carrying paper or plastic.
- You can make grocery bags at home.
8. Compost Food Scraps
- It can enrich your garden soil.
- Using compost encourages beneficial bacteria and fungi.
- It can reduce what goes into the landfill.
- Composting can save money on food costs because you will buy less of what you don’t use.
9. Recycle Cans and Plastic Bottles
- It can reduce the number of raw materials and natural resources from the environment.
- It can save energy on processing raw materials.
- Recycling reduces the number of items that goes into the landfill.
- It can create jobs for other citizens.
10. Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
- Eco-friendly products are safe and biodegradable.
- They can be made at home or bought in a store.
- They are usually less expensive.
- Eco-friendly products typically smell better than chemical-based cleaning products.
Bonus Tip: Buy Commonly Used Items in Bulk
- It can save money.
- Buying in bulk is excellent for emergencies.
- It reduces the number of times that you will have to go to the store.
- Buying in bulk allows you to stock up on commonly used items.
Well, there you have it! Those were ten practices you can do to create an eco-friendly kitchen. I hope today’s post helped you in many ways.
Which of the ten practices from today’s post will you try first or are already doing? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading, and until next time, have a fantastic day and stay supertastic!
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