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Green Kitchens – Top 10 Tips

1. Grow a kitchen garden

What could be greener than growing your own fruit, veg, and herbs? A kitchen garden is the perfect way to have organic produce at hand whenever you need it, rather than having to jump in your car and head to the supermarket.

2. Buy local produce

The next best thing to growing your own is buying local. Reduce your kitchen’s carbon footprint by buying food from your local butcher, fishmonger, greengrocer etc. Non-organic local produce can be greener than organic produce that’s travelled hundreds of miles to get to your plate.

3. Recycle your kitchen rubbish

Are you recycling all your kitchen waste? More councils are insisting people separate their waste for recycling, but if yours hasn’t then it’s up to you to be green and take your bottles and paper to the nearest recycling bank.

4. Keep a composter

This doesn’t have to be a huge smelly thing at the end of the garden. Kitchen composters are small, unobtrusive objects that happily take your food scraps and peelings – everything from egg shells to tea bags – and turn them into lovely compost, which can be dug straight into your garden.

5. Waste not, want not

Learn to cook in batches and you’ll waste less food – which is good for the environment and your pocket. Freeze extra portions and turn your leftovers into another meal.

6. Be energy efficient in the kitchen

  • Look for a high energy efficiency rating when you buy a new coffee grinder, fridge, dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Use your dishwasher: dishwashers use less energy than washing by hand, so long as you load yours fully and use an energy efficient model.
  • Fill up your fridge: an empty fridge uses more energy trying to keep cool.
  • Defrost your freezer regularly: it won’t work efficiently when it’s full of ice.

7. Buy a pressure cooker

Pressure cookers are the height of green cooking. They can shorten cooking times by as much as 70 per cent and are brilliant for meat, poultry and grains.

8. Invest in quality cookware

A green kitchen is a well-equipped kitchen. Buying cheap cookware that has to be thrown away in a year’s time is wasteful. Save up and invest in good pots, pans, and utensils that will last a lot longer.

9. Use green cleaners

These days, it’s not hard to find efficient eco cleaning products, so go green when you clean!

10. Recycle your old kitchen

Don’t just throw it all in the skip – your trash is someone else’s treasure. Websites like Freecycle will help you find out if there’s anyone who wants anything from your old kitchen, keeping all sorts of reusable items out of landfill sites.