How can a family contribute to sustainability in the kitchen

27 Apr 2023

Small sustainable changes can lead to a big impact! The kitchen, the heart of the home, produces the most waste and we are not just talking about food waste. This wastage includes vegetable scraps, food packaging boxes, kitchen storage items, etc.

To ensure better nature and healthier generations, we need to act today! If you are considering making your kitchen more sustainable, then you and your family should start implementing these sustainable living practices.

1. Use biodegradable cleaning products

Non-biodegradable materials create landfills and add to the environmental catastrophe. The house cleaner must ensure to use of chemical-free and organic cleaning products for kitchen cleaning. Rather than purchasing chemical-laden cleaning sprays in plastic bottles, use eco-friendly alternatives. Go for natural cleaners made from baking soda, vinegar, lemon, etc. Buy glass bottles and reuse or refill them. Many companies provide refill packaging made from recyclable materials.

2. Say 'No To Plastic'

Your family must understand that it needs a collective effort to eliminate or minimize plastic usage to save the environment. Start considering different ways to lower your plastic consumption. Use glass containers or ones made using nature-based ingredients. Use bamboo plates rather than toxic plastic disposable dishes. Consider carrying reusable shopping bags and refuse the plastic bag. There are biodegradable trash bags instead of using plastic sheets. Also, clingfilm and beeswax wrappers are not only sustainable but also help to preserve food as they are breathable. Reduce the consumption of foil, wrap, and ziplock pouches.

3. Cookware

One of the most important considerations that must not be missed is the kitchen cookware. Cheap pans and crockery are not durable. It deteriorates or breaks and lands in the bin. Buy materials that are not chemically coated and can last very long to lower the carbon footprint.

4. Energy efficiency

Are your appliances environmentally friendly and energy efficient? Does your family have a habit of switching off the light and fans when not in use? Do you prioritize natural light and ventilation over cooling appliances? Replace your outdated microwave, refrigerator, and exhaust with A+ rating bands that have a 5-star energy efficiency rating. Also, your family can adopt sustainability tips while cooking. Cooking optimally and experimenting with raw foods like salads can reduce energy consumption. Cooking one-pot meals also consumed lesser energy and water. Use a pressure cooker and cover pots for preparing meals quickly.

5. Separate dry and wet waste

Though you must try to avoid waste and scrap, there will always be a certain amount of waste. Ensure to collect and separate the waste in different bins. Segregate different types of waste and dispose in separate containers. This is important for waste recycling. For example, food and vegetable waste is biodegradable and can be modified into manure by composting.

6. Sustainable kitchen cabinetry

Invest in kitchen remodeling. Go for premium modular kitchen design brands like Nobilia who use sustainable materials to make cabinets and drawers. Opting for Engineered wood material means building a kitchen that lasts for a lifetime. German kitchen expert - Nobilia ensures lower co2 emissions and improves carbon footprint.

The sustainability tips listed above can help you lay the foundation for having sustainable kitchen. Join hands with your family and do your bit in saving the planet.

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