Adding more eco-friendly habits, especially in the kitchen where there are so many opportunities to make a positive impact on the planet, is something we feel strongly about. I get it however, it’s easy to be a bit lazy and adding new habits to your day-to-day routine can be difficult, but we also think that when it comes to the environment there are no excuses to be lazy. Here are some easy-to -adopt tips on how you can help this fight of changing our planet right in the centre of your kitchen.
Always bring your own bag
Remember that massive pile of plastic bags in your drawers that you never use or even touch? I think it’s time to tackle it and get rid of it in the recycle bin because it’s not only a waste of space, but also a big waste of money. In order to stop yourself from buying new 5p plastic bags on a daily basis, why don’t you use a simple reusable eco-friendly texture bag that is made out of ecological cotton and bamboo? That way, you will not only help save the consumption of plastic, but also save a few bucks a week! What I usually do is that I always make sure I have one of these bags in my handbag at all times.
Composting goes a long way
Composting sounds like a complicated process and maybe not something you are currently passionate about, but I promise that it goes a long way. If you’re not keen on buying an expensive composting bin especially for that purpose, you can find some cute containers to keep under the sink. That way, whenever you are cooking, you can easily place all your compost materials away in said bin. If you have a garden, you can use that compost for your crops, and if not, that’s fine too! Composting is hugely beneficial for the environment because it reduces the amount of food and garden waste, but is also a crucial part of the nitrogen cycle. See, plants need nitrogen-rich soil to fully grow, and using organic compost also decreases the amount of chemical fertilisers to feed your plants.
Bottle up your water!
There’s something very unsatisfying about wasting water consumption, and you’ll often see me force people to finish their bottled water at the restaurant, which is why I’ve started to bottle up my own water. I have a few reusable glass water bottles in the fridge which I refill as needed and use on a daily basis. I also have different sizes of bottles in the fridge in case I need to take one on my way out as well. There is actually no proof that suggests bottle water is healthier than tap water, and plastic water bottles make up half of all the plastic collected by recycling programs, of which only 23% are actually being recycled. So drink your tap water, and don’t waste any more plastic bottles!
Don’t waste your food
And finally, another easy way to reduce food waste is to make sure you empty out your fridge before stacking up on more groceries. Reducing food wastage can have a massive financial impact but also reduce greenhouse gases and pollution emitted by wasted food, which also reduces energy resources. When there is less demand for food production, fewer resources are needed meaning that less resources and energy are used, which is therefore saved for future generations to use. So before you head out to the grocery store, take the time to check your cupboards and fridge and make a note of the things you actually need to buy. Another satisfying and amazing way to reduce waste and consumption is by growing your own fruits and vegetables! That’s if you have the space…
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