The kitchen. Some find it terrible to cook and prefer to put a meal on the table in as little time as possible. The other person thinks it is great to spend hours in the kitchen and preferably every day as well. One has a mega kitchen and the other only has a small hob and a sink. Whether you are one of these or in between it doesn’t matter a lot, because everyone can increase their sustainability in the kitchen. With just a few adjustments, your kitchen can already be a lot more aware of the environment. In this blog you will read some practical tips about simple adjustments, I will also write a technical blog later on about which hob and fridge are the most economical and responsible.
Easy step 1: Reduce portions. Worldwide, one third of the produced food is wasted. Food wastage occurs throughout the whole food chain, including your kitchen. Pay close attention to how much food you throw away, for example, your dinner or products that are out of date in the fridge. Just try to don’t get that amount of food in your house.
Easy step 2: Reducing is one, but saving is two. You can easily store most dishes in the freezer (just put it in these disposable paper containers). So you can warm it up on another day and enjoy it again.
Easy step 3: If you like a cup of tea after dinner, buy a tea strainer. You put your own tea herbs in here and you no longer have to use polluting tea bags. Tea bags are a source of microplastic. BAD NEWS!
Easy step 4: If you love making a delicious pasta, don’t throw away the water in which you cooked it. Your plants are crazy about this! The only condition is that there is no salt in the water. Cooked pasta water contains minerals and nutrients; a natural fertilizer for your plants. The same applies to water in which you have boiled eggs.
Easy step 5: Back to step 4, because if you only cook a small amount of pasta or vegetables, do this in a small pan. Not only do you consume too much water, it also takes forever to cook and it costs you extra gas. So good for the wallet too. 😉
Easy step 6: If you suffer from hot days and you really need a glass of cold water, put a jug of water in the fridge. If you want cold water from the tap, this usually takes a while before the jet is really cold, which is a waste of all the water that goes through the drain.
Easy step 7: Unplug all kitchen appliances from the socket as soon as you stop using them. This way unnecessary energy is not wasted and you save on your energy bill.
Easy step 8: If you need new plates to serve the most delicious dishes, don’t be afraid to check out a thriftshop for a nice set of dishes. I understand that the idea scares you a little, but if you clean it all well it can be just like new again. Plus you own a very durable tableware!
Easy step 9: Minimize. You may wonder what minimizing has to do with sustainability, but these two are very interconnected. By minimizing in the kitchen and arranging all your stuff in such a way that you only keep the necessary stuff, you have a direct overview of what is most important to you. This makes it a lot easier to keep an overview. You buy something less quickly that you do not need and think much better with every purchase whether you really need it. In addition, with the things that you no longer use, you can make someone else happy and happy people are also good for the world. 🙂
CHALLENGE! Try not to do any grocery shopping for one whole week. Only prepare food with all the products you already have in your house. Good luck!