Here is a list of eco-friendly kitchen products & eating behaviors that we can easily tweak, which is not only healthy for our body but also friendly for our beautiful planet.
Most of the plastic we use and throw end up in water bodies & oceans – contaminating the environment and impacting marine life. Hence it is important that we look at each and every little item in our kitchen and try to make a switch to our environment-friendly alternative.
Let’s start with your shopping bag to begin the journey towards your eco-friendly kitchen.
As per research, about one trillion single-use plastic bags are used annually across the globe, which is about 2 million every minute. What is more worrisome is the fact that less than 20% of that plastic is recycled. This means 80% of that plastic entering the landfill and more likely ending up in an Ocean. Imagine a plastic bag strangulating an innocent turtle or a fish.
Now think, the difference you can make by carrying a simple cloth or jute reusable bag when going for kitchen shopping.
Why do we need to wrap food with plastic, is it not chemicals mixing with something which we are going to eat.
If you have to store a food item, is it not simple to just wrap in a muslin cloth or simply put it in a box (preferably a metal) and cover it with a lid.
Cups, Glass & Tumblers
The water looks so pleasant in a glass or a metal tumbler.
If in case, there is a party or a get-together at home, instead of giving a disposable glass which you have to throw and that ending up in a landfill. Either you can ask the guests to BYOG (bring your own Glass) or use the available eco-friendly alternatives available at home.
Cutlery & Spatulas
Let’s avoid using the spoons, the forks, the cooking ladles made with plastic.
Replace them with wooden, steel, or brass ones, which are not only healthy but will make a great eco-friendly kitchen product.
When you chop your vegetables & fruits on a plastic board, remember you are cutting the plastic as well (ever so minutely). The same plastic is getting mixed with the food and you are getting in your tummy.
When the option is available to do on a metal plate or a wooden chopping board, why risk with plastic.
Most of the stuff in the kitchen – pulses, spices, sugar, tea/coffee, flour need containers. If you are still using the plastic containers, it is time to replace them with Glass or Steel ones.
If you would want to see clearly what is inside the containers, then suggest getting a transparent Glass one, otherwise, get a metal one.
Lastly, when all the kitchen trash & garbage (make sure to segregate the waste) is filled in the waste bag – Try to put your trash in disposable waste bags.
There are many varieties that are available – make sure to get the right one that is really bio-degradable.
Moreover, if you are fond of gardening, use the vegetable & kitchen waste as compost for your beautiful plants.
Your plants will thank you, with flowers and homegrown veggies.
Few other eco-friendly kitchen products which you can slowly remove are non-stick pans, plastic bottles, plastic baby bottles, plastic water jars.
Here is a post that we made for eco-friendly products in your home.
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