Induction cooking uses electromagnetic energy to heat up your pan, leaving the surrounding area cool to the touch. Not only is it safer to use with young children around, but it is also more energy-efficient, with almost no wasted heat. When you cook on an induction cooktop, 90 to 95 percent of the heat goes directly into the cookware itself. (Electric and gas stoves are 65 and 55 percent energy-efficient, respectively.) Looking to remodel your outdated kitchen? Put this easy-to-clean black ceramic induction cooktop from Wolf on your sustainable kitchen wish list.
Make a bold statement with stunning contemporary bamboo flooring. The environmentally sensible alternative to hardwood, bamboo is surprisingly durable and water-resistant. In fact, bamboo is so popular in sustainable interior design that it is taking over the entire home. You can find everything from towels and tablecloths to cabinetry and sinks in bamboo. Fall in love with this gorgeous marbled fossilized bamboo flooring from Cali Bamboo.
Washing dishes by hand actually uses more water than running a full dishwasher. Go ahead and power up your dishwasher. Skip the pre-wash and you can help save up to 2,600 gallons of water per year. **Based on average of 12.5 gallons of pre-washing water used and average of four loads/week.
Get the most out of plastic bags. By purchasing a counter bag dryer, like this plastic bag dryer offered at Gaiam, you'll be able to reuse your plastic sandwich bags as many times as you choose, ultimately reducing your kitchen waste.
Need to eat on the run? Instead of using plastic, try earth-friendly bamboo disposables. Bamboo plates and utensils are 100 percent compostable, so you can just toss them right into your compost bin after you're done.
It's time to think outside the brown paper sack. Revamp your lunch routine with an environmentally friendly bento box. Kids and adults alike love eating out of these stylish boxes that allow you to separate your food into individual containers. Check out these cute options from from Vivo, which have multicolored layers and metal latches.
Simple changes can make a big difference. Reduce your trash by up to 30 percent when you use a Bokashi composter. Unlike traditional composters, Bokashi uses a Japanese fermenting system that composts any food including meat and fish. Just add the Bokashi cycle mix to your food scraps in the provided Cyclette. You don't have to worry about odors or attracting pests because the Cyclette is completely sealed. In just seven days, you can use your fermented organic material to nourish your backyard garden.
Reduce your carbon footprint in the kitchen by upgrading your kitchen appliances to high-efficiency models. Look for the Energy Star label when you're out shopping for energy-saving appliances that don't sacrifice performance.
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