1. Shop for groceries using reusable bags
One way to reduce the number of plastic grocery bags in a landfill is to use reusable shopping totes. Look for bags made of cotton, hemp, or other natural cloth or mesh and wash them between visits to the grocery store.
2. Clean your kitchen with eco friendly products
Toss aside any harsh, chemical-laden cleaners and use eco friendly cleaning products instead. Chances are your pantry has baking soda, distilled white vinegar, lemon juice or castile (plant-based) soap. These environmentally-friendly alternatives can clean your kitchen, household appliances, and laundry just as good as conventional chemicals without the harmful side effects.
3. Prepare your food on cutting boards made of sustainable materials
Cutting boards and chopping blocks are key components to kitchens, so why not buy one that’s functional and eco friendly? A wooden cutting board is a beautiful edition to a kitchen and harvested from a sustainable source opposed to plastic cutting boards or mats. Some wood types, such as fast-growing bamboo, even naturally reduce the growth of harmful microbes.
4. Nix Teflon pans
Although Teflon pans are convenient to cook with due to their non-stick properties, they are infamously known for releasing toxic chemicals. They also damage easily so they must be thrown away and replaced often. As an alternative, use long lasting sustainable products such as pots and pans that are made of heavy duty stainless steel or cast iron. Baking enthusiasts should use glass, metal, silicon or ceramic casserole dishes and trays.