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  • 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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