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7 Must-Have Kitchen Essentials for Green Homes

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Settling into a new apartment or house? Check out this  list of our favorite seven must-have kitchen essentials for green homes:

Bamboo Cooking Utensils – Bamboo is a sustainable wood that grows fast. Making kitchen utensils from this material is an affordable,  eco-friendly, and beautiful option.

Beeswax Food Wrap – This alternative to plastic wrap is instead made from cotton, beeswax and jojoba oil. It is reusable and simple to use.

Counter-top Compost Bin – It is much easier to save scraps of  veggies and fruits if the compost bin is in a convenient location. This counter-top compost bin serves as a good reminder for kids and adults of  where to put the organic waste. The air circulation vents slow down bacteria growth, so flies and odors don’t accumulate.

Reusable Sandwich Bags – If you pack a lunch for work or school, these reusable sandwich bags are perfect! Choose from zipper, fold over, or Velcro closure.

Cloth Napkins – Use cloth napkins again and again instead of  disposable paper napkins. They’re also more affordable and come in a wide selection of colors and styles.

Grease Keeper – Did you know that cooking oil can be used more than once? After frying up something yummy, store the used oil in a jar for the next time. This model includes a stainless steel strainer to keep out any food crumbs.

Energy Star Appliances – If your kitchen has outdated appliances, they may be costing you a small fortune in energy consumption. Choose a new refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, or oven with the Energy Star label.

When evaluating the Eco-friendliness of any product, one question to ask yourself is, “How much will I use this item?” If the answer is “not very often”, it may be best to leave the item at the store. Just do the same job with another tool.

Buying unnecessary or rarely used items, even if they’re made with green materials, does not actually help reduce product consumption. So, although the list above are some of our favorite items, please think carefully before purchasing.

For more information on low-energy homes, contact us !

 

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