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6 Unexpected Ways to Go Green in Your Kitchen

Organic-Life-HacksOur planet Earth has given us much more than we deserve! If we think keenly we will realize that everything that comes to us is provided by Mother Earth. She provides us all the food we eat (even meat, as those animals grow on plants), materials for our homes and other buildings, metals, fuels, precious stones, water, air… What do we give Her in return? Neglect? Pollution? Dirt? Debris? Damage? Still She forgives us and keeps us held tightly in Her arms without which we would find ourselves suspended aimlessly in the space! Well, we can’t call ourselves that great to be able to return something to Earth for what She is doing for us; but we can at least do some things which won’t harm Her anymore. And we can do that even from our kitchens by stopping wastage of food! Here are 6 such things that you mightn’t have thought over yet. Also find other green life hacks here.

If we look at it keenly, we eat less and waste more! We buy hoards of food cans from the supermarket at the start of the month, which we eventually throw away at month end. The food which is thrown goes to landfills and creates a poisonous gas called methane. And we don’t just waste food; we also waste the energy and water used in making it.

1. Plan meals of the coming week in advance and buy only the required material from the supermarket. This will save your money and the wastage will be minimized.

2. Keep track of the food you tossed in trash and change your shopping habits accordingly. E.g. you may realize that you toss half pound of butter in garbage each week which you might have not realized yet. So, you can stop buying it and utilize what is left from the previously bought.

3. Find a local food bank where you can donate the food you were about to toss. Inquire with them what type of food they accept. You might have to find more than one bank according to the food types you need to toss every week.

4. Make new things from leftovers to avoid boredom coming from eating the same thing subsequently and avoid throwing it away. You will be surprised to see how many new dishes can be created by mixing them up or adding some spices to them.

make new things by adding spices

5. Make a compost pile. However, you need not live in a farmhouse or a house with a backyard for creating it. By composting, you can recycle nutrients back to ecosystem without making the food reach landfills or waters. This enriches the soil. Ask around if your community has a local composting program. Or start your own indoors! It doesn’t stink, really!

6. Another fantastic way to minimize food garbage is to create a vegetable and fruit garden. Again you need not have a farm or backyard for this. You can create a kitchen garden too. Use the leftovers of veggies and fruits like potato, carrot, turnip, avocado, pineapple and onion, and seeds of green pepper, cilantro, berries, and many more. The leftover parts get roots even in plain water, though you have to sow seeds in soil. But you can start on a smaller basis and go bigger as the plants grow.


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