Monday, August 12, 2013

Reduce Waste in Your Kitchen

With a few minor changes, you can greatly reduce the waste in your kitchen, improving both the environment and your personal space.

Cloth napkins

Kitchens can be the main source of waste in a house — wasted food, wasted energy and wasted money. This doesn't have to be the case. With a few minor changes, you can greatly reduce the waste in your kitchen, improving both the environment and your personal space.

Go Seasonal

Seasonal produce is usually locally harvested produce. With decreased need for transportation, storage and packaging to ensure freshness, seasonal fruits and vegetables let you dramatically reduce your carbon footprint.

Grandma Knows Best

Grandma’s cloth napkins aren't just for special occasions. Use those decorative cloth napkins daily to save on paper waste. They also bring a bit of coziness and style to mealtime.

Buy Bulk

Shopping in the bulk aisle at the grocery can save money and conserve energy. When your spices run low, don’t just throw out the bottles — reuse them! Explore the bulk section and refill bottles with fresh or new spices. Bulk foods are often less expensive due to less packaging, meaning less waste in the long run for the environment and your wallet.

Bag the Plastic

The trend toward reusable bags has some major logic behind it. By packing reusable bags in your car for those shopping trips — or simply writing "bring bags" on your next shopping list — you can help reduce the plastic plague.

By Sophia Tasler, Bastyr dietetic intern, and Debra Boutin, MS, RD, chair and dietetic internship director, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.

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