Pair Natural Produce with Sustainable Kitchen Equipment

Sourcing sustainable food is a great way to lower your impact on the environment, but homes are still using an average of 901 kilowatt hours of energy a month. A third of this power comes from the kitchen in the storage, preparation, cooking and disposing of food. If you really want to move towards a green way of life, then you need to consider how much energy you are using in order to consume your food. Here are a few tips to help you move through each section of the kitchen and create a sustainable cooking environment.

Freezing and Refrigeration

After the air conditioner, the fridge uses more energy than any other appliance in your house. It consumes 13.7% of all your electricity. The good news is this means lots of opportunities to make savings. Update your fridge freezer to something more modern, which will use fuel more efficiently. Switching to a smaller refrigerator is definitely an option if you have more space than you need.

Avoid some of the more fancy modern fridges with internet connectivity, cameras inside or built in TVs and ice dispensers. All of these gadgets require electricity and any savings made in efficiency is instantly lost again. Keep the fridge compact, simple and up to date. This will keep your locally sourced food fresh, while using minimal energy.

Plates and Utensils

When it comes to sustainability, you need something that takes little energy to produce, lasts a long time and can be safely disposed of. Plastic is probably your worst option in this situation, so stop buying tupperware and single use plastic cutlery. Store your food in long lasting and unbreakable metal containers instead.

China plates are easy to break, so consider something more eco-friendly such as bamboo to eat off. Bamboo is also a great alternative to plastic cooking utensils, If you are throwing a party which would usually involve paper plates and cups, go for plates made from leaves or sugarcane. These innovative, plant based products can be safely disposed of and will quickly biodegrade without releasing harmful chemicals.

Natural Gas Cookers

Around three billion people around the world are using solid fuels such as wood, coal and animal dung to heat their homes and cook. This has led to a crisis of indoor air pollution, which is responsible for 4.3 million deaths a year. If you are sourcing sustainable food, then you need a safe way to cook it. Look for energy efficient cookers which run on natural gas. An electric hob often requires the burning of coal to supply the electricity. If you are stuck with electric, then consider going off-grid and switching to a solar power source.

There is an almost endless list of things you can do in your kitchen to increase sustainability. Choosing local food produce without plastic packaging is the eco-friendly way to go, but make sure that your storage and cooking options are also sustainable. This will ensure that you cut your carbon footprint and help to create a safe and happy planet.

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