Going Green in the Kitchen

We’ve been working really hard to make our home and kitchen environmentally friendly.

In this post I’m sharing some changes we have been making, with our overall goal to be less wasteful.

Grocery Shopping List

A great way to start “going green” is with your grocery shopping list. Going in with a plan helps you to buy only what you need and prevents you from roaming the entire store and buying what looks good at the time.

When you plan your meals and shopping list in advance, you can buy more ingredients in bulk and avoid buying unnecessary food which might lead to food waste.

Taking an Inventory

Take note of expiration dates. Do you have expired food items? Take this time to throw them away and clear out that space for fresh foods, but take note of what is expired!! This will help you to be more mindful of what is expiring in your kitchen and potentially find helpful patterns.

You might find that each week you are throwing out a bell pepper, half a container of cooked brown rice, or Thursday night’s leftovers. Once you identify what you are throwing away and wasting, you can make a note to yourself to buy less, make less, or use up leftovers before cooking a new meal.

It can also be helpful to move items that will expire soon to the front of the fridge, freezer, or pantry so you can use them up ASAP before they go bad.

Avoiding Plastic

We have been avoiding plastic as much as possible. Most of this starts with your trip to the grocery store.

  1. Bring your reusable shopping bags
  2. Bring your reusable produce bags
  3. Whenever possible, buy produce that isn’t in any packaging like loose fruits and veggies, unpackaged broccoli, etc.
  4. Visit your local farmer’s market (always a win-win!)

I keep my reusable bags in my car and one in the hall closet for quick and easy access!

Using Less Paper

This has actually been the hardest change for me to make so far. We were using so many paper towels and paper napkins in our home before this! We have mostly stopped using these products and have been using cloth napkins and a cloth dish towel instead. We just throw them in with a load of laundry instead of throwing something away.

We do still use a small amount of paper products and we try to make good choices when selecting which paper products we use. You can find paper napkins and paper towels that are made from recycled materials- how cool is that?! I’ve found these products at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Target so far and I’m sure they are at many other stores as well.

Eating Less Meat

Actually, eating almost no meat at all… You might have noticed a change in my recipes over the past few months and how they no longer have meat in them. I am not sure how long I’ve been living under a rock, but I am just coming to realize how many environmental resources it takes to produce meat products and other animal products like milk and cheese. I also love animals (my cats are my pride and joy) and feel an ethical pull as well.

There are also SO many amazing benefits to eating a plant-based diet! As a nurse, I’ve really seen the difference that changes in diet can make. Living a healthy lifestyle is extremely important to me and my family. I feel like this change is so positive in so many different ways!

*Thanks for following along in our journey of creating a healthier and happier home! I really hope that this resonates with some of you like it’s resonated with me! I hope that you’re able to make choices that work for you and your family!

If you have eco-friendly tips and tricks that you use and love, pass them along! 🙂

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