There are so many simple ways to make sure your living space is as eco-friendly as possible, and I love to find new ways to improve my sustainability and create a living space that is clean and green!
I recently wrote a post about eco swaps to make in your bathroom, but there are so many things you can do in your whole house to make sure you are doing your bit for the environment.
In this post, I've come up with a few easy steps to create an eco-friendly kitchen in your home. These are things anyone can do, and you can personalise each step to make sure your sustainability goals are always achievable for you.
1. Try beeswax wraps
Beeswax wraps are a great addition to your eco-friendly kitchen, and you can use these wraps instead of clingfilm.
This reduces plastic, and it's great for covering up leftovers and wrapping sandwiches for a lunch out.
You can also add these to any lunchbox meals for yourself or your children.
2. Fill your kitchen with eco-friendly food products
A while ago, I turned to veganism (for many reasons), but one of these reasons is the environmental impact of meat and animal products on our world.
I love to find sustainably sourced food and drink, and I always consider everything about a product- from how it is packaged, to how the food was produced.
You should also think a bit about the companies that you buy from, and choosing more ethical produce is a great way to look after the planet and the people on it.
3. Think about how you use energy
When thinking about eco-friendly ways to improve your kitchen space, it's important to consider how you use energy.
This includes keeping the oven closed while its on, as it takes more energy for the oven to heat itself back up again.
For longer cooking, you can switch off the oven 10 minutes before the end of your cooking time, using residual heat to finish the cooking process.
You can also use copper-bottomed or cast-iron pans to heat things more efficiently, using less stove time.
4. Use what you already have!
When you're leading a busy life, it can be easy to order takeaways or buy convenience food, but this isn't good for the planet or good for you!
Try using what is in your fridge or freezer before going out for food. You could search online to see how you can best use the food you already have, and find ways to use up leftovers before throwing them out.
Being more sustainable is about reducing waste, and creating a waste-free kitchen space.
5. Use a compost bin
Use a compost bin to get rid of any waste in a sustainable way, and make sure you throw away as little as possible from your new eco-friendly kitchen.
It can be hard to have zero waste, but using a compost bin is the best way to get rid of any waste without having a big impact on the environment.
6. Make a list of your groceries before shopping
Before you do your big shop, make a list of what you already have in the house, and only buy things you actually need.
This will reduce your waste, and also reduce the amount of plastic you need to buy.
Check if you have long-lasting products such as sugar in the cupboards before going out to the shops.
You would be surprised how many people forget what they already have while they are busy shopping.
7. Don't forget the packaging
When it comes to eco-friendly kitchen swaps, it can be easy to forget about sustainable hacks you might be using in your day to day life already.
Don't forget to think about the plastic packaging on all of the products you buy for your kitchen, as plastic has a big impact on the environment.
Try buying the same products as normal, but choose alternatives that don't use as much plastic or packaging.
If you do buy plastic products, always recycle everything that you can.
Creating an eco-friendly kitchen doesn't have to be hard, and there are a few easy steps you can follow to make sure you achieve your sustainability goals and reduce your impact on the planet.
Do you have any tips for creating a more sustainable living space?
I love finding new ways to improve my eco-friendly habits in my home and daily life, so if you have any ideas or suggestions please drop them in the comments!
Love, Sarah xoxoxo