Take a greener approach to your home and lifestyle with these top tips for an eco-friendly kitchen.
Go green when you clean
Instead of wiping down your oven and kitchen benchtops with chemical-ridden cleaning formulas, opt for a clean, green natural solution.
Many household products, of which you can find in your pantry, can help to get rid of stubborn grease and food stains.
The mixture of baking soda and warm water can serve as an effective stovetop cleaner, while undiluted vinegar can help to clean sticky kitchen cabinets.
The combination of plant-based dishwashing liquid, baking soda and lemon can also be used as an all-purpose cleaner to wipe bench tops and other surfaces.
Plan meals in advance
Reduce the amount of food waste in your kitchen by only buying what you need to make your meals - planning in advance also only means one trip to the supermarket!
Write down the foods you need to stock up on for your healthy meal plans and then make your shop, buying fruits, vegetables, milk and other household supplies in bulk.
Reusable shopping bags
Don't forget to take along your reusable shopping bags when you head to the supermarket, as plastic bags only add to landfills. Clean Up Australia says that more than 10 million new bags are used each day, with 3.76 billion of these bags making it to the dump each year.
These bags kill thousands of marine life each year, with seabirds and other animals picking at this rubbish on the shore. They can also continue this damaging cycle, as plastic bags can last anywhere from 20 to 1,000 years.
Reduce the amount of plastic bags being used in Australian kitchens by making the shop with a reusable bag.
Reuse empty jars and containers
Your empty jam jars don't always have to find their way at the bottom of your recycling bin, you can rinse and clean these out and give them a new lease on life!
Add a string of ribbon around your jar and use as a vase for your new spring blooms, use jars to create your own mini terrariums, place a candle inside a jam jar to use as a table centrepiece or mount a few jars to your wall to create handy storage containers for your crafts and stationery.