Making the kitchen a more sustainable place is within everyone’s reach. It can also save you a lot of money.
To do this, we will focus on habits in and out of the kitchen. It all starts in our shopping cart. Then, we’ll give some tips that will help you take care of the environment from home.
Buy seasonal and local
Products from local, seasonal farmers are not only more sustainable. They are also more nutritious, cheaper and much tastier. This is because they are consumed at their optimum ripeness.
Nutritionists are pointing out the need to adopt this habit. That is, we need to internalize that food is seasonal. In this way, we will reduce our carbon footprint. (La Vanguardia)
Less meat, more veggies
The health benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables are well known. But the environmental benefits are also great.
The livestock industry is responsible for 14.5% of gas emissions, and 80% of deforestation. (GreenPeace)
It takes 9 calories to produce one animal calorie. So you also have to take into account the high agricultural cost of feeding livestock.
Simply reducing our consumption of meat and fish can have a huge positive impact on the planet. In addition, we will help reduce our risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Use glass containers
Plastic lunch boxes and containers take about 500 years to decompose. Those made of glass, on the other hand, can be easily recycled. In addition, they can be safely heated and are much more durable.
In general, avoid plastic products and utensils. You can also reuse coffee and honey containers…
Avoid all "single use"
In order to reduce plastic use, it is crucial to avoid single-use packaging. Plastic and aluminum packaging cannot be recycled, having a negative impact on the environment. Fortunately, there are many sustainable alternatives to these.
One million plastic bags are used every minute in the world. Therefore, we should reuse bags as much as possible.
It is also essential to completely eliminate plastic cups, cutlery and plates.
Choose reusable products
There are several changes that can be made in our kitchen products and utensils.
You can replace cloths and scouring pads with more durable alternatives. At Kendani.com we offer you these products:
Another good idea is to replace paper napkins with cloth napkins. These will also give a more sophisticated touch to your table.
Use household appliances properly
Household appliances consume a lot of energy and resources. Therefore, making a responsible use of them is key.
Here are some tips:
- If you buy new, make them environmentally friendly and efficient.
- Fill the dishwasher to its maximum capacity.
- Defrost food in the refrigerator, not in the microwave.
Reduce your waste
In Spain we throw away 7.7 million tons of food every year. Between 30% and 50% of edible food is thrown away. Households are responsible for 42% of waste.(Consumo Responsable)
Some recommendations to reduce our waste are:
- Use leftover food scraps. Zucchini skins, broccoli stems, citrus peels… all can be used for other delicious recipes.
- Plan your shopping list in detail. This will help you avoid missing expiration dates.
- Know your fruits and vegetables. Keep an eye on their ripeness and buy them in season.
After trying to reduce our waste, it is important to properly recycle the waste we produce.(Oxfam)
The top 5 reasons to recycle are:
- Reduced energy consumption and CO2 emissions
- Reduced use of raw materials and natural resources
- The manufacture of new products from recycling
- Job creation
- Environment preservation
We are what we eat. The kitchen is an ideal place to respect the environment and take care of our health at the same time. In addition, there are many eco and zero waste alternatives, so let’s go for it!