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How to have the greenest kitchen on the block

Candice Batista from The Eco Hub shares tips on how to go green in the kitchen.

COMPOST….EVERYTHING TO CAN! 

When you compost you are actively making a difference in the city where you live. You are reducing the volume of waste heading to the landfill, you’re decreasing the amount of methane gas being released into the atmosphere (which causes air pollution) and you are creating the BEST soil that is full of nutrients and is used to grow food in abundance.

Food waste has become a major issue in Canada, but there are communities implementing innovative waste-free programs all over the country.

In Scarborough, a 25-year-old condominium with 1,000 residents is generating only one dumpster of garbage per month. The residents of Mayfair on the Green are reducing, reusing, recycling and composting over 85% of their waste, far above the average high-rise building that diverts only 26%. You can read more about how they do it here.

GO LOCAL!

The food you eat and where it comes from its super important. Buy local wherever you can!

Food miles count and the fewer miles from farm to table the better. Pineapple might taste amazing in the cold winter months. But think of the pollution to fly it here, not to mention all the preservatives, biocides (both used to keep the foods from spoiling before they arrive) and other crapola found in foods that travel to us. If you can, try to support community supported agriculture (CSA) co-ops, farmers markets or the farm itself. This is a great place to get started. And make sure you are buying sustainable foods as much as you can!

WASTE-LESS!

Reduce excessive packaging in the home by shopping with your own bags, buying fresh, unwrapped produce and avoiding oversized portions. If you are throwing away food on a regular basis you are either buying or cooking too much. I used to shop once a week, but have found over time that I was wasting a lot of food. If you can get to the grocery store twice a week and plan all my meals in advance, I end up using all the food I buy and wasting less and less. Bulk cooking is another way to ensure you eat all the food in the home…leftovers, anyone?

Reuse glass jars for storage and make sure you have lots of reusable bags on hand. If you are buying goods that are packaged, always recycle!

TIP: When shopping at a grocery store, approach it as if you were shopping at your local farmers market. At a market, packaging is usually minimal and you almost always need to bring your own bags. Think of the grocery store in the same way, yes you may get a funny look here and there. But who cares? Right?

For non-perishables, buy in bulk, you’ll make fewer trips to the grocery store and save money in the long run too.

TIP: Buy bulk packages of microfiber cloths or towels used to clean and detail cars. Just use them in the kitchen.  Same microfiber clothes, just cheaper and sturdier cause they are in the car section.

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