You might think that the way you are preparing and consuming your food has little to do with the environment.
But there are plenty of small actions you can take in the kitchen you cook that could surprisingly add to the size of your ecological footprint.
If you’re looking for ways to be gentler on the environment while you’re whipping up some grub, here are some items that will help you be green in your kitchen.
You don’t have to sacrifice taste with an air fryer — in fact, it’s easy to make all your favorite foods to crispy perfection with one of these handy devices. And the best part is that thanks to an air fryer’s convection method, you can get that signature crunch without the need for cooking oil, which means less plastic bottles being purchased and less oil being dumped, both two major wins for the planet.
Buy an Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer for $114.99 on Amazon
The perk of an instant pot isn't just the freedom to set it and forget it. It's that this device — essentially a modern update on the pressure cooker that your mom used to use — steams and cooks your food at a higher pressure, which means that you can reduce your use of electricity while cooking.
Buy an Instant Pot Duo for $89 on Amazon
If you have leftovers that no one's gonna eat, don't throw them in the trash — throw them in a compost bin. Composting is the natural decomposition of organic materials in an oxygen-rich setting. By discarding your food scraps in a compost bin, not only are you reducing waste, you're slowly making your own fertilizer that you can later use to garden, thus creating a perpetual eco-friendly machine.
Buy a 43 gallon Vivosun Tumbling Composter for $73.94 on Amazon
Reusable glass containers
A BPA-free, non-toxic glass container is a great way to not only conserve the food you wish to reuse again, but also to avoid purchasing a product made out of environment-harming plastics.
Buy a 24-piece glass food storage container set for $39.99 on Amazon
Reusable food wrap
Reimagine how you store leftovers and snacks with a reusable food wrap. A choice like Bee's Wrap — made out of organic cotton infused with sustainably harvested beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin — is a durable wrap that will create a seal and hold its shape when it cools, all without the use of plastic.
Buy Bee's Wrap Reusable Food Wrap for $17.99 on Amazon