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Green Divas Guide to Delicious Living: Low-Stress Sustainable Kitchen 1

CountryKitchen Image Aside from gathering the freshest, healthiest, most nourishing locally and responsibly grown food for the pantry, I have some sustainable habits that I find help not only minimize the waste, but maximize the output of yummy and fun food.
Here are a few ‘Fresh Ideas’ for your sustainable kitchen:

Recycle
This may seem elementary, but a lot of people don’t realize how much they throw away that could be recycled.

Cardboard – we breakdown EVERY cardboard package and box and put it in a crate where ALL of our junk mail goes.

Plastic – most plastic containers are recyclable. yes, another bin, but saves a lot in the landfills!

Composting – there are a lot of inexpensive and easy products around to help set up a variety of kitchen composting scenarios. I have a stainless steel composting bin and I use compostable bags to help gather all our food scraps to help create luscious soil for the gardens. NOTE: if you don’t have a garden, you can see if there is a local community garden who might be very happy to have your kitchen scraps.

Reuse

Paper Towels I can’t say we’ve successfully elminiated the use of these handy things entirely, but what we have found is a great local source for 100% recycled content paper towels THAT AREN’T OUTRAGEOUSLY PRICED. Check out Marcal paper products. The amazing thing is that they’ve always used recycled paper! Who knew?

Sponges & Cloth There are a mess (punn intended) of cool eco-friendly sponges out there, including the Casabella Faucet Sponge and we found these wonderful biodegradable (after several washes) bamboo kitchen towels!

Cloth Napkins I’ve collected a variety of cloth napkins and have trained my family to reach for them.

Cleaning
I have my favorites, but I use almost exclusively non-toxic, earth-friendly cleaning products for kitchen as well as the rest of the house. See the product comparisons Jen and I did for Relevant Times.

Plastic Baggies – NO. I don’t have plastic bags drying all over my kitchen! However, I did stumble upon an interesting product that helps clean them in the dishwasher! Check out Bag-e-Wash.

This is the first of a series of entries on the Low-Stress Sustainable Kitchen. I would love to hear from readers about their tips for a greener kitchen! Chime in and stay tuned!

4 comments
  1. Carly Heissenbuttel

    plastic bags in the dishwasher? what will they think of next. But seriously I really love the Marcel paper towels – becuase like you said Meg, paper towels are so darned handy i really dont envision giving them up – the toilet paper that company makes is okay too –

  2. Kelli Best-Oliver

    We’ve eliminated paper towels by turning old clothes into rags. I also just picked up some really awesome sponges/cloths at Whole Foods that are cheap, durable, reusable, and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. They’re from http://www.twistclean.com

    Really, if I stock up on these, I wouldn’t ever use anything else. You should try them out. Cute sidenote: their minimal cardboard packaging can be turned into birdhouses using directions on the package!

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