January 16th, 2014

Green Your Kitchen in 4 Easy Steps (VIDEO)

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It’s time for my newest video, Green Your Kitchen in 4 Easy Steps! This is the fifth and final video in a series of videos filmed during my trip to New York City and  produced by the amazing team over at Manilla.  Each video covers some of  the many ways we can all lead a greener life. If you missed the first video, 5 Simple Steps to a Greener Life, you can find it HERE. There’s also Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips and 5 Ways to Go Green and Save Green. The fourth video is The Benefits of Going Green.

The kitchen is the central location in the home. Families meet there to eat, chat, and hang out. But it’s also the room that produces the largest amount of waste. Green your kitchen by following these easy steps.

1. Replace kitchen cooking utensils with eco-friendly alternatives

As your utensils get old and warn out, choose greener options, like stainless steel and wood to replace them. But before you go tossing out your silverware drawer, remember that the greenest thing you can do is to use what you already have and replace the old only when needed.

2. Choose healthy pots and pans

Non-stick pots and pans are coated with Teflon. When used at high temperatures, Teflon can emit toxic fumes that can kill pet birds and cause people to develop flu-like symptoms. To avoid this—and other potential health risks—choose cast iron or stainless steel options.

3. Use reusable napkins

Think of all the paper you are tossing out after each meal. If a five-person family eats just one meal a day at home using paper or disposable napkins, they are using 1,825 paper napkins per year. Switching to reusable napkins is a simple change that will have a big impact.

4. Invest in non-toxic cleaning products

Our food comes in contact with counters and other surfaces in the kitchen. Using non-toxic cleaning products to clean those surfaces is very important. Try to find brands that don’t contain harsh chemicals or try making your own from baking soda, vinegar and other non-toxic ingredients.

How have you added a little green to your kitchen?

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7 Responses to “Green Your Kitchen in 4 Easy Steps (VIDEO)”

  1. My kitchen is probably the greenest room in my home. I especially love my collection of cloth napkins. Haven’t bought paper ones in YEARS!
    Cathy recently posted..Counting Down to the Disney Princess Half Marathon on Training TuesdayMy Profile

  2. My wooden spoons are some of my favorite cooking utensils!
    Kim recently posted..How Buying in Bulk Saves Money & WasteMy Profile

  3. I tossed the teflon and aluminum pans years ago and only use glass, safe ceramics and stainless steel. I love saving glass jars in my kitchen and finding new uses for them. Lemon, vinegar and baking soda are always on my counter. They are my choice for cleaning everything from countertops to fruits and veggies.
    Deborah Davis recently posted..A New Year, A New You: 25 Green Resolutions for the New Year, Pt. 2My Profile

  4. Good for you Deborah! It’s hard to weed out the Teflon and other non-stick pans. I need to start using glass jars more often-such a great way to store so many things.

  5. Love this video! Thanks for he tips! You just reminded me that I need to step up on my Eco-friendly cleaning products.
    Tiffany C. recently posted..What’s Cool: Tristin + Tyler’s 10th Bday Presented by DieselMy Profile

  6. Thanks Tiffany! I always love when you stop by to comment 🙂

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