From a purely logical perspective, going green will save you money. Before Whole Foods was out our fingertips the search for organic, non-gmo and praben-free products required a bit more investigating. Yet those who understood the significance of organic products or required alternative options became pros at sourcing inexpensive and healthy food. Today we understand that eating healthy does not have to cost you an arm and a leg, it simply requires a reset button of past constructs.
Green design is no different, there is a conscious effort to shift to renewable energy and create a sustainable home. With that eco-friendly products, for our home, become easier to find and less expensive to incorporate. CNN reports that the initial investment in a green rebuild can cost up to 20 to 30 percent more upfront but there is a longterm savings. Unable to do away with the old but want to find suitable ways to incorporate the new?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved appliances that save 10 to 50 percent less energy and water than standard models. These options reduce energy cost, improve insulation, have a lower environmental impact and there are even health benefits! The EPA estimates that Americans spend an average of 90 percent of their time indoors. Indoor pollutants are 10 to 100 times greater inside than outdoors. What’s aiding to that pollution in our kitchen? Flooring, paints, cabinets, countertops and cooking fumes. VOCs, volatile organic compounds, emitted by paints and wood preservatives affect our sinus’ and in extreme situations cause cancer. There are eco-friendly, VOC-free options, check it out:
Start by being conscious of bad habits and the excuses you create to maintain them: Paper towels contribute to deforestation, water pollution and global warming. Every, day over 3,000 tons of paper towel waste is produced in the U.S. To decompose paper towels we have to use methane gas, a leading factor in global warming. Otherwise they sit in landfills and in 2006, paper was the largest contributor of landfill waste. An easy alternative you ask? Use cheap rags for messy chores.
Water Filter: Au Revoir water bottles, you’ve wasted fossil fuels in production and transportation. 75 percent of your plastic bottles end up in landfills, lakes, streams and oceans never quite decomposing. Not to mention, when they get hot in the sun or in your cars their plastic melts into the water you soon will drink. Yuck! Install an under sink filter or use a pitcher filter.
Replace Plastic w/ Glass Containers: These are great for both meal preperation, leftovers and can be microwaved.
Use Non-Toxic Cleaners: We love The Honest Company.
Compost: Food waste usually gets tossed in your trash or grind in your garbage disposal, but why not compost so your garden can thrive? Click here to get started.
Replace Non-Stick Cookware: Stainless steel, cast iron or enameled cast iron pans are better for your health than nonstick cookware.
Plant a Kitchen Garden: There’s a great smart phone app called iGrow. It will advise you on fruits and veggies to plant, when to plant them and how to take care of them. Start small with a raised bed and grow your three favorite things to eat.
Gas vs. Electric: Natural gas is a fossil fuel but a large percentage of electricity in the U.S. comes from coal-burning power plants. If you are pro gas, because of the time it saves you with cooking, try buying a stove with a low BTU output. This is more energy efficient! If you choose electric, induction stoves which transfer electromagnetic energy use half the energy of standard coil elements. Note that your aluminum and glass posts will not work with this stove type but your eco-friendly stainless steel, cast iron and enameled iron posts will. Whichever choice you make, living with it for a decade is ultimately the greenest choice from a material and manufacturing point of view.
Green Dishwasher: The most eco-friendly option is washing your dished by band but if you require a dishwasher make sure you are doing everything to make it eco-friendly. Start by looking for Energy Star rated applianced, that use 25% less energy. There are bonus’ to buying a dishwasher of this kind, think adjustable upper racks, flatware slots and eco cycles. Before running your dishwasher make sure it is full, turn down the heat, use natural soap and skip the pre-rinse. Your dishwasher is designed to do the job for you do not waste water to make your plates squeaky clean!
Make It Ageless: Gutting your kitchen every few years is a waste of energy and resources. Instead invest on something that will stand the test of time and that you will still love a decade later. Interested in designing your eco-friendly, hypo allergenic kitchen today? Call Moya Living!