Going Green in the Kitchen

Last weekend was my mom’s birthday. To celebrate, the fam was looking for a good group activity that would be enjoyed by all, including my 1-year-old niece. We had originally planned on the Air and Water Show, but alas, the crappy summer weather in Chicago ruined our plans. I believe it was my dad (again with his genius ideas) who came up with going to the Notebaert Nature Museum of Lincoln Park, a sure-to-be educational experience with many indoor exhibits (and outdoor too for the record.)

The museum lived up to any and all expectations: it was enjoyable, perfect for both adults and 1-year-olds, AND, like I said, educational. So educational that I decided to share some of my lessons with you, right here, on this blog. Excited? You should be. Here we go:

Going Green

Not only is it important for businesses and government to practice environmental concern, but we, as individuals, have just as much responsibility. Lodged right inside the museum was a multi-level Extreme Green House, inhabited by the fictitious and wacky Green family, who showed you how to be “green” in your bathroom, your basement, your dining room, and of course (the reason why we’re here)…your kitchen.

Demonstrating landfill capacities, and displaying live rotting meals, museum experts offered loads of information from the simple recycling tip, to the science of composting. They showed us what bacterias were good and bad for us, as well as what cleaning products are more eco-friendly than others. They even sold a kit for making your very own cleaning products.

I didn’t have the time to take in all of the Green family’s great tips, but I was inspired to do more research about how one could consciously maintain a greener kitchen. From the simple tip, to more structural tips, here is what I found:

1. Induction cooktops – Heat is released directly toward the pan or pot only,. Not only does this save a great deal of energy, but the rest of the stovetop isn’t hot.

2. Countertops made from recyclables – Supposedly sleek, these suckers would make for the truest green kitchen out there.

3. Use recyclable products AND recycle them – I am a hypocrite sitting in an office that uses styrofoam cups and plates, but I know that we should use paper so that it can be recycled. Go out of your way to purchase recyclable products, and make it your mission to recycle them! All paper can be recycled…even paper towels!

4. Water conservation – Never walk away while the faucet is on. Even if it’s just for a second, it’s not like electricity where it costs more to turn it on and off. It costs more to leave it running! Even though we’re not always savvy to this fact, we really do need to conserve water in this country.

5. Composting fruits and vegetables – can seem a bit gross, but read how-to here.
That’s all for now, but I know there are countless things we can all do to preserve our environment! What do you do?

-Hillary, supposing that this excessive rainfall isn’t helping her water conservation cause
Editor, Recipe4Living

  • http://www.theperfectpantry.com Lydia

    Looks like a great exhibit, and good reminders about simple things we can do. I get a lot of satisfaction turning my huge compost pile, and spreading the compost on my herb garden. As someone who grew up in Manhattan, I’m new to all of that, but now I can’t imagine how much food I threw away before I had a compost pile.

  • http://ecofriendlygreenlivingtips.com/ greener living

    Excellent post, really helpful to me

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