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Ideas to make your kitchen more environmentally friendly

The kitchen is often the place where we have most of the electronics and one of the busiest areas of the home. Therefore, the use we make of this space can influence both our health and economy, and the environment. Food we cook, our use of water and energy, waste management and the choice of cleaning products are everyday habits that talk about how we are committed to caring for the planet.

Reducing carbon footprint in the kitchen is not just something easy to apply, but can also positively impact the health and economy of all household members. If you want to join this trend but do not know where to start, we propose to incorporate these green tips with your family.

efficient use of appliances and kitchen appliances

The right choice of electronic products can make the difference in saving energy. The refrigerator, for example, is the appliance that consumes the most, but can be much more efficient if a model A or B is selected (see here the differences and how to identify them ). Other effective measures are open doors as little as possible, defrost the freezer regularly and maintain equipment at an average temperature of six degrees Celsius.

Regarding the kitchen or stove, a simple way to reduce consumption is to use diffusers in the stove, which in addition to helping more even cooking can reduce up to 20 percent using gas. In Argentina, the company TNR sells this product created by 100 percent recycled and recyclable aluminum.

In addition to the diffusers, there are daily habits to consider such as: not preheat the oven (modern devices usually do not require this step);extinguish the fire five or ten minutes before and finish cooking with the residual heat; and reheat in microwave small plates (as Energy Star , the use of this device demand by up to 80 percent less energy than the kitchen).

Filters vs. bottled water

If the water in your house will not build trust, you can include a filter or purifier: this option is cheaper and less polluting than buying bottled water daily (plastic containers cause pollution).

Also remember that every day hundreds of liters of drinking water are wasted on activities such as washing dishes and food. Therefore, it is best to close the tap and wiping through containers: it saves up to ten liters per wash.

Locally sourced food

Like appliances, food choice is key to saving the planet. The difference is that what you eat directly impacts your health and your family. Therefore, we recommend incorporate eating habits that have less negative effect on your body and the environment. The ideal is to reduce the consumption of animal meat, industry accounts for about 18 percent of total global emissions of greenhouse gases. In addition, they should eat local and seasonal products to reduce the use of transport and preservatives. Finally, fresh foods are healthier than frozen and require less energy to produce, transport and conservation.

Composting and recycling

The kitchen is one of the environments that generates more waste per day.To reduce the amount, the first thing is to choose products that do not have much unnecessary packaging. Then, it is essential to classify between organic and inorganic waste: while the first urban collectors are often responsible, the latter can be used to fertilize the soil of safe and healthy manner.

For this, you can build homemade compost (see here ) or buy electrical appliances, such as those produced by the firm NatureMill . In these machines only you need to deposit food debris to obtain the product as fertilizer.
In addition to serving as fertilizer, the remains of some foods can be reused in the kitchen: such is the case of citrus peels, which dries become tasty condiments.

Cleaning products

Detergents and degreasers usually applied in the kitchen contain chemicals that pollute soil and water. Therefore, it is best to replace them with biodegradable and plant – based preparations. The good news is that more and more companies dedicated to manufacture and market these products exist. In many cases receive audit and certification organizations like Ecocert , who control the presence of friendly ingredients such as white vinegar, baking soda, vegetable oils or beeswax, among others.

You can also make household cleaning products such as oil-based antiseptic tea tree. It is a natural anti-fungal and viral (available in health food stores), which when mixed with water acts as a disinfectant. What did you think these tips for a more accountable kitchen? Already you decide to incorporate? Feel free to visit us at

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