I just recently got back from a visit with my relatives. I love them but the amount of wasting they do in the house, especially in the kitchen really irks me!
I explained to them how they could help the environment more by being more effecient around the kitchen. So I decided to write this article as it may help others out there.
Think green in the kitchen. That is think about the environmental impact that your decisions may have when you use your kitchen. When using aluminum foil or plastic wrap reuse them at least once. This may require you to cover items with it as neatly as possible to keep from unduly wrinkling the foil or wrap. When you finally remove these from food or containers wash the wrapping material for reuse. You may be able to limit the use of wrapping materials by using containers with tops to store food. Reusing paper towel that is not soiled very much can save trees and your money will last longer. Use slightly used paper towels for wiping up spills around the kitchen. To refrain from using paper towels use the kitchen dish towel on spills.
Refrain from running water continuously while washing the dishes, because this wastes water and costs whoever pays the water bill. Use non-toxic cleaners in the kitchen. Use baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar as non-toxic cleaners in the kitchen. Cleaning up as you go in the kitchen will make it easier to wipe up spills instead of allowing them to dry. When and if a spill dries it may cause you to have to use a harsh chemical to get it up. Wiping up spills as soon as they happen will allow you to get them up easily. This includes spills on stoves and in ovens and around pots. Always think green because it is usually safe and less harmful, if at all. Natural products and products that are packaged in natural materials are better for the environment. Be careful when buying products just because they say they contain “natural” flavors or ingredients. Some products label synthetically produced flavors and ingredients that mimic natural ones and call them natural. These imitation products may not contain any organic ingredients. Beware of misleading advertisement. When you purchase food or anything for the kitchen, make sure it is made of or from natural organic sources.
Wash dishes throughout the day by hand with one solution of dish water. Rinsing the dishes in cold water will remove any soapy residue. This is because, in general, hot water naturally activates soaps and cold water neutralizes soaps. Use cooled cooking water that you will not use for other food preparations to water your indoor plants to save on the water bill and the energy needed to use it. Remember to think green and to be green leads to less energy consumption, better health, and a healthier environment. In an extreme case you could also use non greasy dish water to mop the floor or clean a counter top or small appliance. Use less hot water as possible in the kitchen to avoid having to use the hot water tank. If you have a tank-less water heater than this will not be an issue. If you do not have a tank-less water heater unit installed in your home perhaps you could, at the latest, at your next purchase of a water heating unit. These use less energy and water than conventional units. You will also use less energy heating up water for use in the kitchen if you set your hot water tank at 120 degrees. Any temperature higher is a waste and can be hazardous.