Simple Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Eco-Friendly

If you want to go green in your kitchen, below are some simple, budget-friendly changes you can make in your kitchen to create a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable space for your family.

• Use VOC-free paints:
Use paint that is low in - or free of - VOC (volatile organic compounds). VOC-free paints are earth- and people-friendly because they don't emit potentially harmful gases. VOCs are unstable, carbon-containing compounds that readily vaporize into the air. These can cause air pollution and a host of health issues.

• Add a low-flow aerator to your kitchen sink:
Aerator blends air into the water flow, cutting water consumption by more than half. Choose an aerator to work with your existing faucet, and start saving water and money on day one.

• Energy-efficient lighting:
LEDs are extremely energy efficient, available in a wide variety of colors, and typically last 20 times longer than incandescent.

• Only run your dishwasher when it's full:
Studies show that dishwashers are more energy- and water-efficient than washing our dishes by hand. Make sure to run your dishwasher at the end of the day, when it’s at its fullest.

• Set up a recycling center:
You can set up an at-home recycling center based on the setup of your own space. You could use simple plastic bins underneath your counter, or set up a recycling center in a spare cabinet.

• Ditch plastic containers for glass:
Glass containers are more expensive, but they tend to last longer and don’t contain any of the chemicals that many of the plastic containers do. Mason jars are a great, inexpensive option, and you can usually find a comparably-sized glass container for any of the plastic pieces you currently have.

• Eliminate paper towel use:
It’s easy to get used to cleaning up and tackling spills with paper towels. However, you can keep things much more eco-friendly in your kitchen by relying on kitchen towels and rags for easy clean-up and maintenance.

• Add some fresh greenery:
Potted plants act as natural air filters by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the kitchen.

• Prevent waste:
Commit to buying products that have less packaging as well as fresh produce that isn’t wrapped and try to make use of your leftovers as much as possible.

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