5 Easy Changes You Can Make for a Greener Kitchen

March 31, 2018

1) Switch paper towels for reusable ones

Did you know that it pollutes 20,000 gallons of water and takes almost 20 trees to make one ton of paper towels? According to The Paperless Project, the U.S. uses 13 billion pounds of paper towels every year. Do the math and… yikes! Fortunately, it’s super easy (and cute!) to swap out your paper towels for tea towels. Using reusable towels like the Bloom & Give tea towels from the Spring CAUSEBOX reduces all that waste, and takes your kitchen aesthetic to the next level.

2) Use (or make your own!) beeswax reusable cling wrap

Plastic clingwrap takes hundred of years to decompose after being thrown away- and let’s be honest, “cling”wrap isn’t the most foolproof method of keeping your food fresh. To combat this problem, make your own reusable clingwrap with some fabric of your choice (you can get really creative with the patterns!,) beeswax, powdered pine rosin, and jojoba oil. For a full recipe, click here.

3) Ditch the paper plates and plastic utensils

Another wasteful kitchen item that’s easy to avoid is disposable servingware. Paper plates and plastic utensils are convenient at the time, but the waste they cause far outweighs the benefits. Transition slowly to reusable alternatives by creating an on-the-go utensil kit with a set of stainless steel utensils and straws. Be sure to tell your favorite restaurants and take-out places that you won’t be needing the plastic versions!

4) Only run your dishwasher when you have a full load

Conserve water by waiting to run your dishwasher until you have a full load. You can also play a game of dishwasher Tetris to make sure you’re fitting as many dishes as possible in your machine per cycle!

5) Use planet- friendly soap and sponges

Many grocery stores offer sponges that are compostable and/or are made out of partially recycled materials. Likewise, you can check to make sure your favorite dishwasher soap is cruelty-free, and switch to a cruelty-free alternative if it’s not! Make sure to also look for harmful ingredients like ammonia and phosphates in your soap.

Do you have any tips for a greener kitchen? Let us know in the comments down below!

Megan Acuna is a Youtuber (www.Youtube.com/c/meganacuna) and blogger (www.meganacuna.com) who focuses on ethical and affordable lifestyle. She believes that anyone can live life beautifully while being a responsible consumer and not breaking the bank. When she is not writing or making videos, she can usually be found at home watching Parks and Recreation with her husband Matt.