Going “green” is a saying we all know so well. Our environment is suffering and we all want to do our part to ensure that our children and our children’s children can enjoy the earth as we have.
Unfortunately global warming is very real, we’ve seen the ice caps melting, we’ve felt the shift in weather patterns and we’ve watched as people scramble to make a small difference in any way they can.
At home, there are a few things we can do to make a difference in our kitchen. Green kitchens are not only how you run your kitchen, but the cabinets you use.
If you are in the process of renovating your kitchen, why not choose bamboo cabinets over hardwood? Bamboo is fast growing, which means when harvested doesn’t have any negative impact on the environment.
What many people don’t realize is that bamboo is as strong as any other wooden cabinet, so you can add bamboo cabinets to your new kitchen with the peace of mind that they will last for many years.
Another advantage to these green cabinets, is that they look like wood, they feel like wood and yet you have managed to add new cabinets without damaging the environment. This is the first step in green kitchens.
The next way to ensure your kitchen is green is to recycle. Now this may sound obvious, but when you hear the horror stories of how the landfills are spilling over and the dangers that poses on the earth, a little bit of recycling is an easy task to ensure your kitchen is going green.
All green kitchens recycle. When you read about garbage problems, like the largest garbage patch in the world located in the North Pacific Ocean, it’s no surprise that everyone is trying to go green. This garbage patch on so big it can be seen from space and sits on the ocean between Los Angeles and Hawaii. It is anticipated, it is twice the size of the US continent.
So recycling is a small way to make a difference, stop items landing up in landfills, or adding to the garbage patch that floats on the water. It is believed that thousands of tons of recyclable materials are sent to landfills each year, but the landfills are overflowing, so adding a recycling routine to your kitchen is a must if you want to make a difference.
The final step to enjoying green kitchens is through composting. If you have a garden on your property, this final stage of going green in your kitchen can have many benefits.
Composting enables you to use leftover vegetable peels, cuttings and other food items that would normally end up in the garbage can, items you can’t recycle. Again composting reduces the amount of garbage you send to the landfills.
Composting is quite easy and a great way to ensuring your kitchen is green. Most green kitchens will incorporate composting, even on a small scale for their potted plants.
Taking all your vegetable peels and lawn cuttings, throwing them into a heap and leaving them in the baking sun, will eventually create compost. It isn’t that easy though, and does require some work, you will need to turn the compost regularly and you’ll notice it will become very hot.
Once the compost smells like the earth and is an earth color, you can use it as compost for your garden, completely organic and chemical free.
Following these three small tips can help you ensure your kitchen is being run environmentally friendly. From the kitchen cabinets to your compost heap, you can make a small difference to the environment.