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How-To: Go Green in the Kitchen Without Spending Money

So, you've learned how to go green in the bathroom without spending any money. But you shouldn't stop there! There's still more eco-friendly business to be done around the house. The kitchen is a hog when it comes to energy use and water consumption, so you should be particularly careful there. To learn some tips for going green in the kitchen without spending a penny,


  • First of all, I shouldn't have to tell you this, but recycle! Learn what not to recycle and which plastics are recyclable.
  • Don't use anything disposable if you have a reusable alternative. That means, use microfiber towels instead of paper towels; porcelain or china dishware and utensils instead of paper or plastic; cloth napkins instead of paper napkins, etc.
  • Use your city's curbside compost.
  • Use your microwave instead of your stove top or oven whenever possible. It's more energy efficient. But, don't use plastics in your microwave, which can potentially leach chemicals into your food.
  • Do some Spring cleaning and organize your kitchen storage containers so that you're more likely to use it for leftovers. Cooking at home cuts down on wasteful packaging.
  • Use household supplies to make homemade and eco-friendly cleaning solutions.
  • Prevent phantom energy loads by plugging your kitchen appliances into a power strip.
  • Run your dishwasher on a full load, but not overloaded.
  • Use a tote bag you already own for grocery shopping instead of plastic bags.
  • Arrange grocery runs with neighbors or friends. It will make your errands more fun while cutting down on gas expenses. You may also be able to split bulk items with a friend, which will help you to save money. But obviously, don't shop unless you have to!


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