11 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Tips

The Natural Home & Garden editors share 11 tips for an eco-friendly kitchen.

| April 2011 Web

This Earth Day, Natural Home & Garden magazine and Natural Home Products want to give you the tips and the tools to transition your kitchen into a serene, de-cluttered and eco-friendly cooking space. Natural Home Products is giving away 2 kitchen prize packs, each worth $275.00 and Jessica Kellner shares some of her favorite, easy tips to help turn your kitchen into a greener, more natural space. 

Earth Day Giveaway

Enter to win:
10-piece cookware set
Moboo Slotted Spoon charcoal
Moboo Solid Spoon charcoal
Moboo Slotted Turner charcoal
Moboo Solid Turner charcoal
Oven mitt
Veggie bags
12-oz Oil drizzler
Moboo nesting bowls natural
Stainless steel compost bin
Replacement filters
Replacement corks
Bamboo Cloth 3-Pack 

Enter here!

Eco-Friendly Kitchen Tips

1. Compost. You can greatly reduce the amount of waste your kitchen generates by composting kitchen scraps. Vegetable scraps, leftover grains, eggshells, coffee grounds and used teabags are all suitable for your under-sink compost bucket. To make compost, simply put scraps in a pile outdoors with dry organic matter such as leaves or grass clippings. If you don’t have space outdoors, opt for an indoor vermicomposting kit. For a guide to all kinds of composting, visit our Composting page.

2. Limit packaging. To limit the amount of packaging that comes into your kitchen, consider buying grains, cereals and other commodities from the bulk bin at your local grocer. Buying in bulk often saves money, and you can use reusable cloth bags to bring home your goods rather than boxes and bags that end up in the trash. Use our Natural Home reusable produce bags instead of the plastic ones distributed at the grocery store. Buy the largest possible containers of items you can’t buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging you bring into your home.

3. Get rid of disposable wipes. Make your kitchen a disposable-free zone. Use reusable cleaning cloths instead of disposable wipes or paper towels. Want to make ready-to-use antibacterial wipes? Store cloths in a container filled with a mixture of 1 cup water, 1 ounce liquid castile soup and 6 to 8 drops of your favorite pure essential oil such as tea tree or citrus. The cloths can be washed and returned to the jar for reuse. Cap jar between uses.

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