Go Home & Go Green: How to Minimize Waste in Your Kitchen

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Being a sustainable homeowner not only saves the environment but also offers troves of cost-saving benefits. For instance, you cut spending on water, electricity, and gas bills.

To minimize waste in the kitchen, start by changing your cooking, washing, and cleaning habits. For instance, you can ditch those hazardous cleaning detergents for eco-friendlier solutions and be part of the green movement.

Though these benefits aren’t immediate, you (and the surrounding) will start witnessing positive results after some months of harmonizing into this routine.

Furthermore, going green isn’t as difficult as most homeowners imagine. First, it’s important to understand all your bad kitchen habits harming the environment. Next, create a checklist of all your bad habits and mull over some creative ways to reduce waste in your kitchen.

Four Secrets to Minimize Waste in Your Kitchen

There are four primary ways to reduce kitchen wastes. They include:

1. Reduce

The first step is to reduce, i.e., the amount of water, gas, food, electricity wasted, etc. Develop creative ways to cut back on anything taking a toll on the environment and your pocket.

2. Re-use

Use items that you can use time and again instead of one-time products that you must dispose of after use. Reusing may also mean repurposing an empty container into a vase.

3. Recycle

Always take advantage of anything that’s recyclable. For example, use food wastes to make compost manure to be used in your home vegetable garden.

4. Rethink

Finally, you must rethink your kitchen habits to be eco-friendly. Remember to act with sustainability and eco-friendliness in mind when cleaning, refrigerating, shopping, and cooking.

Easy Ways to Minimize Waste in Your Kitchen

There are many ways to cut down the waste in your cooking zone. Some easy strategies include:

1. Buy eco-friendly cleaning products

Some of the chemicals in your detergents can harm the environment in many ways. It’s no wonder the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires homeowners to inspect the labels on cleaning products for any signal words.

Products with labels like “danger” have the worst effect on the environment. If you don’t understand these terms, visit EPA’s official website.

Lastly, you can consider greener options like zero-waste kits equipped with everything one needs to clean their kitchen.

2. Change your shopping habits

Packages from kitchen products contribute lots of waste to the surrounding.

Always consider shopping methods that minimize waste and cut spending. For example, when shopping, buy items in bulk and stock them in reusable packages. That way, you cut down on the number of packages thrown out as waste products.

However, it’s crucial to store your foods in containers that keep them fresh.

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3. Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle

Reusing is an excellent way to reduce whatever goes into your dust bin. For example, you don’t have to dispose of all used aluminum foils and parchment papers, you can reuse them over and over before tossing them into the waste bin. Also, buying reusable kitchenware like plates instead of throw-away versions can help reduce environmental wastes.

If you like, repurpose used cereal containers and jars into other useful things like flower pots and kitchen storage.

What else? Oh! The water you use for rinsing vegetables and rice can be used to moisten up a vegetable garden.

Lastly, food wastes can be recycled or made useful again. Dispose of these foods in a compost pit and use the manure to create some nutrients for your kitchen garden.

4. Reduce the number of times you cook in a day

Turning on your cooking appliances all the time can increase spending on electricity or gas bills.

But this doesn’t mean reducing the number of times you eat in a day. However, it can mean cooking lunch that you can have as supper and simply warming up the food when it’s dinner time.

If you’re a diet freak, eat something else in between these meals to gain as much nutrients as possible.

5. Save water at the sink

We waste plenty of water at the sink because most of us leave faucets running for a long time when cooking or cleaning utensils.

You can reduce water wastage at the sink by filling one side with detergent water and the other with rinsing water so you don’t have to keep your tap running.

Alternatively, you can fill your sink, wash up everything, drain the water, and then fill in clean water to rinse up all the dishes.

Final Words on How to Minimize Waste in the Kitchen

As you can see, there’s no secret sauce to a sustainable kitchen. Everything hinges on habits and product preferences.

Also, it’s important to understand your most wasteful habits upfront if you’re to develop an effective strategy.

Lastly, don’t limit your waste reduction tips to the above suggestions. Think of any other tricks you can use and share them with other homeowners. Start today! Just go home and go green!

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Hello, I am Heather and I'm a journalist who writes mostly about interiors, but also about architecture in general. Recently I also became a big fan of gardening. My house has been featured in Living Etc, HeartHome and Corriere della Sera. I am sharing some of my tips here on Housenate.com, but you can find my articles also on Livinator or Housance.
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