4 Kitchen Retrofits That Will Make Your Home More SustainableMany homeowners are searching for ways to live in a more harmonious relationship with their natural environment, and in many cases, living this kind of lifestyle coincides with sustainable living practices. The beauty of green living is that the small changes can not only make a big difference in terms of your health, but they also have the potential to make a big difference in the amount of money you can save. So, if you're looking for a few easy ways to implement sustainable practices into your home, I'd recommend starting with the kitchen.
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Give composting a tryYou need fertilization to grow healthy produce. The great news is that you can make your own fertilizer with composting and save money as well as eliminate kitchen waste in your home in an environmentally friendly way. Composting units are available at most hardware stores and are designed to dispose of left-over food, leaves and other organic debris; turning the mixture into a fertile compost that is perfect for any garden.
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Grow your own fruits, veggies and herbsMy vegetarian and vegan friends fully understand the expense involved with buying produce that hasnít been chemically treated or engineered. If you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, spending a fortune at the grocery store doesnít sound very appealing.
Container gardening is a practical alternative to traditional gardens if you live in a small apartment with little room to spare and are great for growing herbs in small spaces. A window sill can be used to grow herbs live rosemary, thyme, chives, and cilantro in mason jars or planting pots or your balcony may provide enough room for a small elevated garden for growing tomatoes, lettuce, and chili peppers.
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Use natural cleanersAnother practice you can implement is to eliminate store bought cleaners and start making your own from the natural ingredients. Many of these natural ingredients such as baking soda and vinegar are probably in your home already and can be used to create effective cleaners which are devoid of harmful chemicals.
In addition to being better for the environment, homemade cleaners are also much cheaper to produce and the savings can easily add up if you also consider making your own personal hygiene products.
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Stop using plastic or foil wrapI think we can all agree that the planet would a lot better off if we eliminated the amount of plastic we use in general, especially when it comes to single use plastic bags which have a hand in the degradation of soil. Fortunately, switching to reusable alternatives as a replacement for plastic and foil wrap is not all that difficult to implement.
For example, you can buy reusable sandwich and snack bags or reuse the wrapping from other food items like bread, frozen vegetables or your kidís favorite box of cereal. If you have to use plastic, try to make sure it can be used repeatedly instead of just being thrown away after a single use.
At the end of the day, living green doesnít have to be a headache and implementing sustainability into your family life is an ideal way to establish a more Eco-conscious and healthy home.
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