The kitchen is the heart of the home, so what better place to start when trying to create a more sustainable home? Follow these 9 tips and you’ll be well on your way!
1. Install A Faucet Aerator
Aerators combine water and air to create a more consistent, splash-free water stream while decreasing the amount of water flow. This reduces the amount of water flowing through your faucet, from an average of 5 gallons per minute down to 2.
2. Use Leftover Produce for Beauty
Fruits and vegetables are not only healthy as part of your diet, but they have some amazing beautifying properties that many don’t know about. Here are a few life hacks to cut down on food waste and boost your beauty regime. So, next time before you toss your ‘aging’ produce in the bin, try these instead!
Strawberries for Whiter Teeth
Slice the tip off of a strawberry, rub it on your teeth, and let it sit for one minute. Strawberries contain malic acid, which can help whiten the enamel on your teeth.
Lemon Juice for Hair Highlights
Combine 2 parts lemon juice with 1 part water in a spray bottle and spritz onto your hair. Chill in the sun for a couple of hours to get some natural blonde highlights!
Garlic for Pimples
Cut the end off a piece of garlic to get to the juices. Rub it on any whiteheads or pimples, leave it to sit overnight, and see the magic of garlic’s amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties!
3. Buy Seasonal and Local Foods
By choosing foods that are in season and grown locally, you reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation and support local farmers. How can you go wrong?
4. Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk reduces packaging waste and can save you money in the long run. Bring your own reusable containers to the store to reduce waste even further.
5. Replace Your Paper Towels
Instead of using traditional paper towels, switch to Rizzi Home’s 100% bamboo paper towels. They’re strong, absorbent, and can do the heavy duty work of picking it all up. Unlike other lint filled tree paper towels, our bamboo paper can be used to clean glass and leave no streaks behind.
6. Reduce Your Food Waste
Plan meals ahead of time, use up leftovers, and compost food scraps. This will not only reduce your carbon footprint but also save you money in the long run.
7. Choose For Energy-Efficient Appliances
When purchasing appliances, look for those with an Energy Star rating. These appliances are designed to use less energy and reduce your electricity bill.
8. Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products that are free of harmful chemicals and are biodegradable. You can even make your own cleaning products using simple ingredients like vinegar, lemon and baking soda.
9. Use Reusable Bags, Containers, and Wraps
Instead of using disposable plastic bags and wraps, invest in reusable alternatives like cloth bags, glass jars, and beeswax wraps.