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  • Quick 'n' Easy Eco-Friendly Kitchen Changes-Part 2


    Make 2017 the year to make some eco-friendly changes in your kitchen. In the entire home the kitchen generates the most waste due to the the constant activity. Consequently, more waste is created and eventually disposed off. With heavy pollution levels continuing to rise, a clean environment indoors is becoming more essential for overall well-being and lifestyle.  For some eco-friendly additions to your kitchen, check out the previous blog post. To continue with the eco-friendly additions, check out 5 more easy ways below on how to "greenovate" your kitchen

     

    Go for an Electric Hob-In Indian homes, we see more gas hobs, rather than electric stoves. We like the gas cooktops as they are easier in controlling temperatures, and there is less heat when the cooking is done. However, contrary to popular belief, the electric cooktops are much more energy efficient. They use induction elements to transfer energy directly to the pan, which leaves the remaining part of the cooktop much cooler-ultimately using less than half the energy of conventional gas-based hobs.

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    Cook from Raw Food-Avoid buying prepared, frozen foods and focus on buying raw foods to prepare meals at home. The processed, packaged food saves significant time, but they are full of preservatives and lead to more waste going in the trash later. Buying fresher, more raw ingredients allows you as a user to have more control of what goes in your food, and what goes in your body. By doing so, you become more diligent of where you are a sourcing it from.

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    Drink Clean Water-There is pollution all around us, and it is only getting worse. Keep a water filter in the refrigerator, to separate all the dirt from the regular drinking water. Water is full of harmful contaminants, such as lead or chloroform. By keeping a water filter, you will save on money, plastic, and waste that comes with regularly buying bottled water for your home.

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    Cook Small (Green-Size)-A lot of energy goes into cooking and preparing. Whether it is a small dessert or a full meal, enjoy smaller portions or prepare meals as required for the meal time. Cooking a larger quantity and then throwing it away later, generates waste, uses more energy than required, and has a greater impact on the environment.

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    Heat What is Needed-Going along with cooking small green-sized meals, heat only what is needed at that particular time. Smaller appliances are much more efficient than larger appliances. Therefore, use a smaller one to heat the required amount. In this case, a microwave or toaster uses much less energy than an oven or a stove-even an electric kettle uses less power than heating water on a cooktop. Therefore, in heating up small amounts, use the smaller appliances.

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    Adding eco-friendly practices to the kitchen is the way forward. It creates a healthier environment within the home and uses less resources and energy. For your kitchen, make 2017 the year to upgrade from conventional to eco-friendly!

  • Tips for Creating an Eco-Friendly Kitchen


    A few years ago, the term "eco-friendly" seemed  to be a trendy phrase that became a part of contemporary language. However, giving back to the environment goes a long way. The best way to give back is to start at home. Having an eco-friendly kitchen not only contributes to the environment, but it also creates a healthy and pleasant atmosphere to work with. Below are a few simple tips we can all follow to create an eco-friendly kitchen.

    Washes Dishes the Green Way: Washing dishes happens in a variety of ways. However, the most eco-friendly way to wash dishes is by placing them in the dishwasher. The dishwasher uses 37% LESS water than washing dishes by hand. Although washing dishes by hand may seem faster, it actually accumulates a lot of extra  time and uses more water than necessary. The most environmentally-friendly way to wash dishes is to place them in the dishwasher and fill it up completely before running the cycle. This way, you'll be using much less water to clean more dishes than if they were washed by hand.

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    Smart Cooking: Another step to take in the kitchen is by incorporating smart cooking techniques. Rather than turning on a bigger burner for a smaller dish, turn on the small burner! Instead of firing up the oven, use a smaller item such as a microwave or a toaster oven. These use 50% less energy than the larger, conventional ovens. While preparing for a meal, think about the quantity and the pan or pot that will be used. Depending on the size of the pot or pan, use the representing burner size. Avoid turning on a large burner for a smaller pan, as it uses more energy and there is a higher chance of food burning before it needs to. Even while cooking, itself, use a lid to cover the pot/pan while boiling food items. Any uncovered food items use significantly more energy than items that are fully covered.

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    Smart Appliances: Be sure to invest in smart appliances. Oftentimes, many kitchens have an older refrigerator, which usually consumes more energy than some of the more advanced, modern-day options. Consider more eco-friendly options in your oven, refrigerator, and even dishwasher to use less energy while conducting the basic kitchen tasks. Check which modes your appliances have-whether there is a "green mode" or "eco-mode" to consume less energy while being used.

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    Separate Waste: Always recycle and separate your waste. Anytime we trash something, it always gets added to a pile of other trashed items. Therefore, the more the trash is collected, the more harmful it is the environment. As a result, any item that can be re-used by yourself or somebody else, always recycle and separate it from your actual trash. Recycle plastics, glass, tin, and aluminum and donate to a local recycling center. Use your food scraps to create a compost pile for your garden, which can serve as an organic fertilizer for your plants.

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    Avoid Plastic: Finally, for daily usage, avoid using plastic containers. Although they are handy and readily available, they do not last as long as other more eco-friendly substances such as glass or wood. Therefore, for your storage containers avoid plastic and consider storing your food items in re-usable wooden or glass containers that can easily be washed and re-used at any time.

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