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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