Eco Friendly Kitchen

I have a vision of a beautiful toxic free and eco friendly kitchen.

Recently I have read some articles on how bad plastic is for us to eat hot food off of.  When the plastic gets heated up is when the chemicals get released into our food.  Apparently microwaving food on plastic plates is the worst!  “So what to do? To reduce unnecessary risk, experts advise everyone to microwave food in glass or ceramic and replace plastic housewares labeled “microwave-safe” if they have been scratched or if the color has changed.” says Time.  I have also realized how bad it is to be cooking on teflon pans, especially if they are scratched like ours are!

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I don’t really understand why companies would be allowed to sell products that are unsafe, but this has made me realize we have to watch out for ourselves.  After reading a few articles on how toxic out kitchens can be, I decided to make some changes.

I have thrown out all of our scratched up teflon pans and plastic plates.  Switching to stainless steal and wood utensils for stirring our food.  We also make the switch to Green pans.  When cooking you have to be a little more careful, but overall it is very simple to cook in a non toxic pan.  

Less Waste

In an attempt to be less wasteful I have made my own beeswax wraps see the simple tutorial here.   This way we don’t have to use plastic wrap anymore.  By not using plastic wrap we are saving money and the environment.

I found some reusable produce bags for when we buy fruit and veggies.  This way we don’t have to use the plastic ones at the store.  These 2 changes have really helped reduce the amount of plastic we are using.

In an attempt to cut down even more on our plastic use we are using reusable straws and have been for over a year.  This was a really simple switch to make.  Whenever I go out to a restaurant I always refuse the plastic straw because even a small change can make a huge difference.  We are by no means zero waste, but these simple changes have really cut down on the amount of plastic we use.

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With all of these small changes I feel we are on the right path to having a non toxic eco friendly kitchen!  Let me know in the comments what you use to make your house more eco friendly and toxic free.

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