April 7th, 2014

How to Give Your Kitchen a Green Makeover (VIDEO)

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A few weeks ago I traveled to New York City to film a video on how to give your kitchen a green makeover for Manilla. The video is ready and I want you to be the first to see it. Get ready for the Manilla Makeover: Green Kitchen Edition!

Green Makeover Kitchen Edition

Before you settle in to watch the 4 minute video, filled with simple tips to make your kitchen a bit greener, here’s a bit of background. I was asked, as Manilla’s Green Living Expert, to give a green makeover to a college student’s apartment that was a complete ‘green’ disaster.

Annie goes to college in New York City and desperately wanted to make green changes to her apartment, but wasn’t sure where to begin.  I was called in to help with some simple changes in Annie’s kitchen that would have a long-term positive environmental impact.

Believe it or not, the kitchen produces the most waste out of any room in your home. On average, American families throw out between 14 and 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy. On top of that, there’s the packing food comes in and the excessive amounts of paper we toss thanks to paper towels and napkins. Thankfully, there are tons of easy ways to reduce your environmental impact and save you some money in the process.

My green makeover tips were very simple:

  1. Create a waste center. Using an in-home garbage system makes organizing your recyclables very simple.
  2. Replace toxic cleaning products with natural ones. Making your own cleaning products is the way to go if you have the time. I also have a favorite cleaning products that I like to suggest as alternatives to conventional cleaning supplies.
  3. Ditch the plastic. Making the switch to glass storage containers, reusable shopping bags,
    and using a water filtration system are all simple ways to remove plastic from your kitchen.

Make sure to stick around to watch the end of the video where you see Annie’s apartment transformed into a lean, green, eco-friendly machine!

Who’s next in line for a green makeover?

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3 Responses to “How to Give Your Kitchen a Green Makeover (VIDEO)”

  1. Great tips- Love the video, thanks for sharing!

    Jenna Pizzigati-Coppola
    Eco Chic Sense

  2. Thanks so much Jenna. It was a lot of fun to make the video. Thanks for your comment!

  3. […] a lean, green, eco-friendly kitchen was a lot of fun. If you haven’t had a chance to watch my Manilla Makeover: Green Kitchen Edition you can now check it out on The Huffington […]

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About Lori

I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. I hope you'll join me as I embark on a journey to live a healthy life. Along the way I might make a few pit stops to fight for issues that affect the health and safety of our families. Come along with me as I work hard to make the world a little safer for each of us. Together we'll discover that simple, small changes can lead to a healthier lifestyle and a greener planet.

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