Sustainability In The Kitchen

kitchenThe sustainable living movement first took root in the 1970s, but really began to take off just at the end of the 20th century. While many may think of being environmentally conscious as recycling and building homes with more eco friendly materials, there are many other aspects to the movement that can be easily incorporated into daily living. Take for example our time in the kitchen. As human beings we require food for survival which makes this an opportune time to add in sustainable elements. If you own a commercial kitchen or are a home cook looking to add some flair to your presentation, consider using paperboard packaging. Not only will the container your food comes in look appealing to the eye, it will also be helping the environment.

Creating the Optimal Space

As our eyes are opened to the variety of different kitchen styles available for consumers through various television shows, cooks everywhere may fancy themselves in their dream setting. For some this dream may be easier to obtain than others, but there are still sustainable elements every cook, no matter their budget, can add.

When designing the cook’s domain, try and create a concept that will easily allow for green products to be used not just in the function, but also the design of the room. For instance, when looking for your cabinets think about using reclaimed wood. This may work especially well for a country kitchen theme. By reclaiming wood that has been previously used, you will not only be helping the environment, but there is also a good chance you will save money as well.

The cabinets are not the only element that can be sustainable in your kitchen. If you are looking to remodel the kitchen without tearing it down to the studs, consider a fresh paint job. Not only does fresh paint have the potential of waking up the space, but if you use Low VOC paint you will also be going green.

Another important element in any kitchen is the amount of energy it uses from the light bulbs to the appliances. In an effort to ease the strain on your wallet, consider purchasing energy efficient products. They may cost a bit more off the shelf, but you will see the payoff in a lower electric bill.

Take a Closer Look at Your Menu

One of the hottest trends in cooking right now is taking the farm to table approach. As you may imagine from the name, this approach is about getting back to the basics of food and staying away from packaged goods. Not only is this way of eating healthy for the environment, but it is also healthy for you and your family as you will be enjoying the freshest items available in your area.

Beyond what you are making, consider how you are presenting it. Some home cooks like to add some flair to their presentation to give the eye a new experience. If you are looking to do this or just looking for a way to complete the theme of the meal you may want to consider paperboard packaging.

Sustainable living is not only healthy for the environment, but us as consumers as well. Get out to your local farmers market before they are gone and start making connections that can be useful tools year round!

Antoine Thompson is a sustainability expert and chef who has been a vegan for 2 years.