Becoming eco-friendly is possible even if this concept is something new to you. Just because you are not that conscious about your huge impact to the planet, doesn’t mean it’s too late to start living a greener life. In fact, the small steps you take today can help with the rising problems of our landfills and oceans.
The main problem seems to lie on plastic being non-biodegradable, which is 80% of ocean waste. If that’s not reason to go green in the kitchen, consider the health risks of plastic. Recent studies show that some compounds used in plastic are toxic, such as the controversial BPA (Bisphenol-A).
Find below some useful tips to achieve a plastic-free and eco-friendly kitchen:
Eliminate plastic in your kitchen – Though this may not sound as green as you think, prioritizing the health of your family should come first. There may be some safe plastic products, but with the constantly changing news and research, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Before completely ditching those plastic containers, verify if they’re recyclable. Otherwise, even if it’s not recommendable to put food in those containers, you should be able to come up with other ideas to make them useful. You can perhaps utilize them for storing non-food items like bolts, nuts, arts and crafts, etc.
Think before you purchase – When you are enticed to buy the latest stylish plastic container, consider its long-term consequences. How long do you plan to keep it or how long will it last? Keep in mind that plastic loses its glamor over time. Just look at some of your old, dull plastic containers. Do you notice any peeling plastic? This could be due to constant use like mixing, washing in the dishwasher, or microwaving. These plastic peels is harmful should they end up in your food and in your body.
Substitute your plastic – Despite getting rid of all your plastic containers and other products, you still have a lot of better and greener alternatives, such as glass, bamboo, and stainless steel. Glass is a classic kitchen tool and has been constantly proven safe and eco-friendly. Various glass products can be used in the oven, freezer, microwave, and are dishwasher safe. Bamboo is another great choice over plastic. It grows pretty fast and highly sustainable. Kitchen utensils, such as bamboo chopping board and bamboo storage tins are just some of the many bamboo products you can use. Last, but definitely not the least, is stainless steel kitchenware, which can be readily come as mixing bowls, stainless steel food containers, etc. Super elegant and eye-catching, stainless steel is easy to clean, healthy, and of course, green.
If you’re concerned about the Mother Nature, wave goodbye to plastic and say Hi to green kitchen alternatives. Simply follow these practical tips and you’re on the right path towards an earth-friendly kitchen.
By Fia Caballero
Fia is a planet enthusiast and green writer at Happy Tiffin.
Practical, Earth-Friendly, and Stylishly Hip!