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A Subtle Shift To a Greener Kitchen

Making the decision to try and be greener at home is a positive move for all of us. Actually putting into practice the steps you need to take to achieve your goals can be a bit more daunting. Firstly, finding ways to engage the whole family with the plan is key, so that you don’t feel like you are the only one who cares. Kids these days are pretty clued up on environmental issues so tap into their knowledge and empower them to make a difference too.

Green Kitchen
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Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all green solutions will involve you making an initial financial investment either; there are simple things to change in the home which won’t cost you a penny. In the kitchen figure out better ways to recycle, perhaps give over more space under your kitchen units for separate bins to make it simple. Waste less energy when cooking where possible, and don’t leave your taps running endlessly. Turning down the temperature on appliances such as the dishwasher and washing machine is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint – and your energy bill too.

Kitchens are a room we all spend a lot of time in and are probably the highest offender for wasting the most resources. It is not just the energy and water issues either, think about the impact of cleaning products on the environment, and then there is the food itself. How much food do you waste? Where and what do you buy? What could you grow yourself, and what could you compost? There will be changes to be made in this area too no doubt.

Make the changes you want to make at your own pace, and your whole family will feel the benefit. Remember, it only takes between 16 and 21 times of repeating a task to make it a habit – that’s 3 weeks to a greener home.

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