Becoming more eco-friendly doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money or even change your day to day life massively. There are so many little things that you could do at home to make sure you are doing your bit to help the planet. There are many things that can be changed in the kitchen in particular, so here are a few tips on how to achieve an eco-friendly kitchen at home.
Plastic bottles are extremely bad for the environment; more often than not, they will only be used once and then will go straight to landfill sites. Single use plastics are detrimental to the planet, so it’s time to stop using them. If you tend to buy water bottles because you don’t like the taste of the water from your faucet, look into water fridge filters. It is a great solution to getting clean and great tasting water without using single use plastics.
Similar to plastic water bottles, plastic straws are another contributor towards harming the planet. If you aren’t ready to give up using straws, metal straws are a great alternative to plastic ones. They aren’t very expensive either, and if you are someone who uses straws relatively frequently, it may actually save you money in the long run. Instead of having to repurchase straws that harm the planet, make a one-time purchase and get some metal straws. They are easy to clean and aren’t harming the environment.
A beeswax wrap is such a great eco-friendly solution to using Saran wrap or plastic containers for food. With the warmth of your hands, the beeswax wrap is able to mold around food, containers, or bowls. When it starts to cool down, it will hold its seal around the object. The great thing about beeswax wraps is that they have up to two years use, which is so much better for the environment compared to using anything plastic. You can use your beeswax wrap in the refrigerator and the freezer too.
Instead of using tissue/paper towels to mop up any spillages or mess in the kitchen, treat yourself to some fabric towels instead. They can easily be washed and are a lot more durable compared to paper towels which are, again, a single use item. It will also save you money – you won’t have to keep buying paper towels, as you can just throw the fabric towels in whenever you do a wash. You can also buy fabric napkins if you are used to having a paper towel with your meal.
There are so many more things you can do in your kitchen to make it more eco-friendly. Try and make some of these small changes to your kitchen, and if you spot that something you use is harmful to the environment, then have a quick look online to see if there is an eco-friendly alternative. What changes will you make?