Gallery: 7 Smart and Easy Tips to Green Your Kitchen

 

TIP 3: Set up a composting system

Saving water and energy is high on the list but when you consider how much food we waste as Americans - the tally was 33 million tons in 2010 - much of the greening we can do in the kitchen has to do with conserving or repurposing our food scraps. One of the best ways you can transform your edible waste into valuable soil is by composting it. Composting does take some time and patience but there are many products out there to simplify the process. If you're planning to compost indoors, try an odor-minimizing, compact composter like the Naturemill. For those who have the luxury of a backyard or outdoor space, there are many online resources such as howtocompost.org to get you started on a larger compost pile. Once you have the hang of it, you may even be able to use the resulting nutrient-rich soil to grow your own food, which will help make your kitchen and cooking even greener.

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8 Comments

  1. greenisgood2 September 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    One fun way to green your kitchen, is to grow a pet TickleMe Plant and watch how the leaves fold together when you Tickle It.
    The TickleMe Plant is real and easy to grow.

  2. anhsmith September 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I am going to make the Triage Box when I get home from work! I hate hate hate throwing food away and I think this will help.

  3. Alyssa Alimurung September 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Love the triage box and foot pedals!

  4. Andrew Michler September 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Just heard how foot pedals for the sink are the best way to save water in a busy kitchen.

  5. mollcott September 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Foot pedal faucets sound like an awesome idea!! Great tip!

  6. Jill Fehrenbacher September 11, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Love the triage box!!!!!

  7. Kristine Lofgren September 11, 2012 at 11:13 am

    The triage system is so smart! Great ideas.

  8. Diane Pham September 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

    great tips. love the triage box idea. nothing more depressing than finding yummy cheese rotting in the darkest corner of your fridge….

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