The eco-friendly kitchen begins with eating clean, but it doesn't end there. When it comes to making decisions that are more environmentally conscious it can feel a bit overwhelming knowing where to begin. As the heart and hub of our homes, we think the kitchen is a good place to start. You don’t need to worry about being ‘perfect’ or embarking on a major lifestyle makeover - you’ll find that small, thoughtful choices can add up to make a big difference.
To make the transition a little bit easier, here’s a few easy-to-adopt habits that can help you make your kitchen greener.
- Time to Unplug
Whether it’s yourself, or the appliances in your kitchen, the simple act of ‘unplugging’ goes a long way! While it’s not wise or viable to unplug bigger kitchen appliances like refrigerators, start by unplugging smaller appliances like toasters and electric kettles when they’re not in use – we might not realize it, but they still waste power even when they’re switched “off”. Doing so will not only help you potentially save on electricity expenses, but also increase the life of your appliances.
- Switch to Eco-Friendly Essentials
When it comes to products you’re using to cook, store, serve, and shop - fortunately, there are a lot of more sustainable options now available in the market. Here’s a few simple sustainable counterparts you can opt for to add to your eco-friendly essentials list.
- Swap out those tacky cling films, aluminum foils, Ziplock bags for more sustainable options like beeswax wraps and cloth food storage wraps.
- Ditch those plastic containers and opt for glass canisters and mason jars to store your food in. They’re not just a twee way to dress up your kitchen, but also a great addition for storing leftovers and pantry staples!
- Say goodbye to unnecessary plastic and paper bags and hello to shopping totes and cloth bags! The next time you go grocery shopping, make sure you carry your own reusable cloth bag – a simple but effective way of cutting down on waste.
Switch to more sustainable tissues! This is where Good Karma steps in. Our Good Karma paper serviettes are a great option for starting slow on your journey to sustainable living. Our paper serviettes are not only eco-friendly and good for the planet, but they’re also food contact safe.
- Create a Compost Bin
For all the plant moms and dads – this one's for you! Our landfills have enough to deal with – why not save the planet and help fertilize new plants by composting? Starting your own compost is not only a great way to reduce the amount of food waste ending up in the landfills, but it’s also a great way to keep your garden soil happy and healthy.
- Keep Your Kitchen Clean the Green Way!
A green kitchen is not green without green cleaning options. From dish soaps and cleaners to kitchen wipes, there’s always a more sustainable option that we can turn to. An easy and inexpensive solution is to create your own DIY cleaning products at home. Stock up on some vinegar, baking soda, salt and lemons and you’ll have everything you need to create a variety of eco-friendly remedies. For sustainable options for kitchen wipes, our Good Karma kitchen towels make for a great switch! Apart from being 100% recycled and unbleached, our kitchen rolls are also highly absorbent, tough and contact safe – just the product you need to keep your kitchen as well as the environment clean!
Achieving an eco-friendly kitchen comes down to the choices you make. It just takes a little pre-planning and habit-changing to set our course in the right direction. We hope we were able to inspire you to go a little bit greener in your kitchen and learn more about the environment. Here’s to making more conscious choices and living a little more mindfully.