This blog was written by USU Dietetic Intern Allie Maughan.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, where families gather to cook, eat, and spend time together. However, with the rise of industrialization and mass production, the kitchen has also become a major source of waste and pollution. Maintaining a sustainable kitchen is essential for the health of the planet and for our own well-being. Together, we will discuss some top tips for keeping a sustainable kitchen so you can make a positive impact on the environment.
1. Reduce food waste
Food waste is one of the biggest contributors to kitchen waste. To reduce food waste, you can plan your meals ahead of time and buy only what you need. Creating a meal plan and using a shopping list ensures that you use what’s already in your home, so you don’t buy extra.
2. Compost your food scraps
Composting is an easy way to reduce your kitchen waste and to create a rich soil for your plants. Start a compost bin or pile in your backyard and add your food scraps, coffee grounds, and yard waste. The compost will break down and create a nutrient-rich soil that can be used as a fertilizer.
3. use reusable containers, bags, dishware, and utensils
Reduce your use of single-use plastics by using reusable containers, dishware, utensils, and bags. Invest in some glass or stainless steel containers to store your food in and use reusable bags when you go grocery shopping.
4. choose energy-efficient appliances
Upgrade your appliances to energy-efficient models that are designed to use less energy and water. Look for appliances with the Energy Star label, which means they meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
5. shop local and seasonal
Choosing to buy local and seasonal produce can greatly reduce the carbon footprint of your food. When you buy local produce, you are supporting your community and reducing the amount of energy needed to transport food from other regions.
A sustainable kitchen is not only good for the environment but also for your health and wallet. By following these simple tips, you can create an eco-friendlier kitchen and do your part to reduce waste and conserve resources. Remember, every small change can make a big impact!
For more tips, contact your Harmons dietitian at firstname.lastname@example.org.