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10 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Tips

Updated on March 7, 2015

Eco Friendly Kitchen Tips

More than ever before in the past ‘green is in’ and the growing awareness in both consumers and manufacturers has meant that green products are now far more easily available than a few years ago.

This also give you a wonderful opportunity to go planet-friendly with ease and save some natural resources not just for the sake of a better tomorrow, but also reduce your own expenditure!

That's right - going green will save green.

Here are 10 easy-to-follow, yet effective tips that will give your kitchen a much needed green makeover. I absolutely love these eco friendly kitchen tips!

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Want to have an eco-friendly kitchen? Here are the top 10 tips:

  1. The first step starts with what you bring into your kitchen. Even if it seems a bit inconvenient, try to buy local produce from smaller markets, which are both fresh and healthy. This approach is also way better for your own health when compared to plastic wrapped goods off of supermarket shelves.
  2. Eliminate the use of plastic as much as possible from your kitchen. Not only are they toxin-rich and unhealthy alternatives for long-term use, but they are non-decomposable and a headache for dumps when you do eventually dispose them.
  3. It is an astounding fact that one-third of the world’s landfill waste is organic material. Use the organic waste from your own kitchen to create a compost system that will not just dispose off of the organic material in the right fashion, but gives you clean and pesticide-free fertilizers for the backyard garden and flowering plants.
  4. Just like there are greater number of people turning towards ‘bio-centric’ stuff for cosmetics and soaps, use green detergents that are devoid of chemicals for your kitchen as well. Plant-based soaps are not just better and healthier, but they are also now priced very reasonably and are pretty affordable.
  5. While plenty of people feel that organic food is way too pricey (which is understandable as they are definitely costlier than other non-organic ones), including them in your diet whenever possible offers a diet without chemicals and pesticides. They are great for those who are very health conscious and even hyper-allergic by nature.

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More Eco-Friendly Kitchen Tips

  1. Try to replace all the plastic and glass surfaces and utensils in your kitchen with wood, bamboo and even earthen pots. Retro is the new trend and artistically painted earthen shades and materials are not just biodegradable, but also fashionable.
  2. Create a recycling system that clearly demarcates trash and separates the organic from the inorganic. While all the organic stuff can subsequently go into the compost pit, remaining waste can be sorted out into recyclable and non-recyclable using separate bins.
  3. A gray water recycling system that is integrated with your kitchen is highly useful especially for those living in arid conditions and struggling with water shortage. Even otherwise, use taps with a soft flow to conserve the precious freshwater.
  4. Keep strong bleaches, chemical cleaners and any other cleaning material with highly toxic chemicals away from the kitchen countertop and the sink. This is an absolute no-brainer and is a must for your own well-being; even if the welfare of the planet is not your biggest concern!
  5. Cook using energy-efficient containers and follow cooking methods that conserve on fuel. You might have the dough to pay the fuel bills, but the planet is running out of natural sources pretty rapidly. So be smart and sensible when it comes to energy consumption.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      You have some great evergreen tips here. :) Thanks for putting them together for this post.

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      Stephanie Hicks 3 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Victoria! I should be less of a preacher and more of a follower with respect to this advice to live in an eco-friendly manner! Thanks for the read and comment! Best, Steph

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I always try to live greener, so this article is right up my alley! Great tips. I do some of these but could do better. :-)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Great hub. This is so filled with helpful ways to be good to ourselves while being good to the environment. If we do not do so, when will it begin?

      I am pinning this and sharing.

      Happy tenth day of our new year.

      Sending Angels to you and yours. :) ps

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Tara - always great to hear from you on the green articles! The kids have loved compost "experiments" - yours would too! Best, Steph

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      Tara 5 years ago

      As always, a great post Steph! Love the ideas and tips. Now I just need to get myself a compost pail/bin. :) Thanks for keep it green.

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you all! Teaches, great question about the plastic fork! I know that there are some biodegradable options, but that still doesn't beat wash and use again silverware!

      Robie - thank you too. Seems like there are always a few more things we can do to make an eco friendly kitchen. :)

      Enjoy the weekend - Steph

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      Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      absolutely fabulous hub Steph and even though I think of myself as very environmentally friendly, you caught me up on a few things and I am going to have to give my kitchen a good going over. I am definitely bookmarking this for later reference and voting it up across the board.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Steph, I need to catch up on some of your suggestions. I wonder how long it takes a plastic fork to decompose? That may convince some to switch from using them. Well done and so interesting.

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      todaylearning 5 years ago from Texas, United States

      very nice article, thank you for sharing.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Very useful tips here. I have been doing my best to do all these things for some time now. We don't have a water shortage in Scotland, so I could probably do better where 'grey water' is concerned, but I do make sure not to overuse water in the washing machine or boiling kettles etc. We're also really fortunate here because our city council workers collect glass, cardboard, paper, garden compost and kitchen compost and plastics, so we really have no excuse for not recycling.

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you everyone! I have been writing on "green" topics for many years, but it has been a while since I published one on HP. I agree that many of these kitchen tips are so easy to implement and really make a big difference if more of us did so. All the best, Steph

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Texas

      Love all your suggestions but especial #3 and have a great Hub about composting:

      hub/Fast-Compost

      Just think if everyone did something off this list what a difference it would make in our world!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      We grow our own vegetables and I can and freeze what I can each year, so I am pretty good there. Our meat is mainly venison and fish from our own place here too. I do re-cycle plastics, paper and aluminum. I use plastics as little as possible and buy many bamboo products. I could improve in some of the other areas here. This is a very good hub, great ideas and information. Voting up and more! Have a great day! :)

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Great tips..we just have to do them. Well thought out plan here and I really do think it is worth the effort.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Thanks steph! I'm on my way to making my kitchen more eco friendly with your suggestions. Voted up and shared. Kelley

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      timewarnercablenc 5 years ago

      Very interesting article and video you have here. thanks.

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      glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

      Great tips! I've been working on getting a compost bin because I do feel that most of my trash is organic material that can be composted. And I just got glass food storage containers because I was getting weirded out about microwaving in plastic :S

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Bill - you are my favorite, honest, excellent-writer fan. And, you live in Olympia! :) Thank you - and I will let you know when I'm in town over the holidays. All the best and have a great evening!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was just about to shut down for the night, but I always have time for you. :) I'm with you 100% on this hub; great suggestions and we follow seven of them already. Good job Steph!