How to Have an Eco-Friendly Kitchen
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How to Have an Eco-Friendly Kitchen

Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 at 9:47 am
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Want to have a "green" kitchen? There are easy and frugal ways to have a eco-friendly kitchen. Here are some tips we've put together.

Kermit the Frog used to sing a song called “It’s Not Easy Being Green”.  Things have changed, though, at it has become rather easy to be “green”.  There are a lot of different green cleaners to choose from, and plenty of other eco-friendly tips that help you stay green in the kitchen.  You can protect the environment without having to spend a lot of money.

How to Stay Green in the Kitchen

Switch to cloth napkins.  A lot of families use paper napkins for mealtimes because they are quick and easy.  The problem is that those paper napkins are made from trees.  Another problem is that a paper napkin can only be used once, and when you run out, you need to buy more.

Cloth napkins might cost a bit more than a package of paper ones initially, but, they are reusable.  You will end up saving more money, over time, with cloth napkins.  Throw them in the wash and use them over and over again.  You can buy inexpensive ones from stores like Target.

I have noticed that when my husband and I go to fast food restaurants I have a tendency to overestimate the amount of paper napkins that we will need.  Some fast food places will throw those extras out if you leave them on the table.  Instead, take those extras home with you, and use them on spills that won’t easily wash out of a cloth napkin,

Get some eco-friendly cleaners.  When you think about it, we use a lot of cleaning products in our kitchens!  Look for cleaners that are natural and chemical-free. They’re available anywhere now and don’t cost much more than traditional cleaners.

Stop using paper or plastic cups.  People see these as convenient because they don’t have to wash them after they have been used.  The problem is that aren’t great for the environment, (especially if they are made from plastic or styrofoam that doesn’t biodegrade).

The best, and most inexpensive, set of glasses that I have ever purchased came from a thrift store.  They are super cute, and I have been using them for years!  The initial purchase cost less than it would if I bought a few packages of paper cups instead.  If one were to break, I wouldn’t be too upset, because  I didn’t spend a lot of money on them.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.