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5 Great green kitchen gadgets

Lauren Fairbanks is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor who has penned for AOL, Young Money, and Eating Well Magazine, among others. She's also the founder and editor of LifeStyler, a NYC centric guide to budget living.

Green cooking

With every other type of energy-saving green device on the market, it’s no surprise consumers can “go green” in their kitchens, too. Whether it’s cooking utensils made out of sustainable materials (like repurposed lumber) or energy-efficient stoves, there are many ways in which eco-conscious cookers can make their kitchen space more eco-friendly.

Green cooking

1iWave Cube

This tiny microwave takes up one cubic square foot and only uses 600 watts of electricity. Granted, it's small, so it's designed for like coffee and other little snacks, but it's a great way to save space and energy if you aren't the "nuking" type.

How to make microwave jams >>

2 6-Way Opener

Can your old bottle-opener, and pick up one of these multi-functional six-way openers from Crate and Barrel. Instead of purchasing multiple gadgets for each task, using a device like this one allows you to cut down on materials used, cut down on storage space and still have the functionality of six kitchen gadgets.

3Handheld Juicer

Electric juicers eat up energy, take up counter space -- and using a handheld juicer isn't really that much of a chore. This heavy-duty handheld juicer is easier to use than most other juicers and requires less hand strength, making food garnishes and even fresh juice a snap.

How to use your juicer >>

4Bamboo cooking utensils

Bamboo is a great eco-friendly material, and it makes for excellent cooking utensils. These utensils also use an equally eco-friendly vegetable oil covering, so they're easy on cookware and won't scratch pots and pans.

Green your home with bamboo >>

5Faucet Water Filter

It's old news that bottled water is bad for our environment. By using an inexpensivesnap-on faucet filter (about $50), you can save money and the environment by nixing expensive bottled water.

How to get great-tasting water>>

More ways to go green

How to clean more dishes with less.

More on greening your home

Repurposing decor with furniture hacking
Guide to buying eco-friendly appliances
Real women speak: How I went green in my everyday life

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