Lettuce Deliver isn’t only a place to order organic groceries online. We also stock a wide variety of household cleaning products, aromatherapy, books and even gift hampers and organic wines. One area that isn’t so much what to eat but helps with the cooking is the range of items we have to promote an eco-friendly kitchen.
We carry items to help create an eco-friendly kitchen so you can lower your exposure to potentially harmful items, reduce your waste and generally feel good about your food from preparation through to clean up.
So today, we’re going to give you some useful advice on making an eco-friendly kitchen and some helpful suggestions of what you can purchase from us when you next order organic groceries online to achieve those aims.
The Lettuce Deliver guide to creating an eco-friendly kitchen
Think about waste reduction
The more waste doesn’t end up in landfill, the more eco-friendly your kitchen can become. Try these helpful waste reduction tips:
1. Include a waste list on the fridge. As we mentioned in our special on changing food habits in your family, Australians waste an estimated $8billion dollars of food a year. A waste list helps you see what you waste and when so you can reduce the amount of food you throw away
2. Add composting to the mix. You can use all those yummy organic vegetable peels and fruit cores to create soil for the garden and potted plants around the home.
3. Think about worms. Worm farms are another great way to reduce household waste and keep the garden looking great.
4. Don’t order your online groceries online when you’re hungry. When we’re hungry, a lot of things can end up in the shopping cart we don’t expect. One simple way to reduce waste is to shop after, not before, meal time.
5. Recycle your packaging. We all know about our council recycling bins, but did you know you can take this even further with RedCycle? RedCycle are using empty packaging from dry goods like pasta, frozen vegetables and bread bags to turn these items into play equipment and outdoor furniture. Simply use the locator to find the nearest RedCycle bin. Most are located near a Coles or Woolworths, but that doesn’t stop the public from using them! You can also send any packaging material we provide back to us in your returning boxes.
6. Think about reuse versus recycle. If you can reuse a plastic container, it is better than hoping it becomes recycled. Try to choose take out places that allow you to bring your own containers to help reduce the amount of plastic food containers you throw away.
7. Dispose of items responsibly. From old light bulbs to whitegoods, if something gives up the ghost in your kitchen, you can always find a place to recycle it thoughtfully and divert from landfill. Just ask your local council and/or head to Google to see what is available in your local area.
8. Write a list before you do the shopping. While we love people getting excited by our new products and sale items, we’re also keenly aware that when you order organic groceries online, some of us can get a little carried away. So make sure you have a list for your food items so that when it comes time to hit the checkout, you can work out if that second special treat is really necessary after all!
9. Use your leftovers wisely. Turn today’s stew into tomorrow’s pie. Those browning bananas into banana bread for the kids. The left over veggies from Sunday roast into Monday soup. Make a meal within another meal and help reduce food waste.
10. Make use of our polyboxes. Not only do our polyboxes keep your order fresher for longer, they’re also reused, meaning you further reduce packaging waste by returning them to us. And they’re free!
Make great food choices
You’re already doing an amazing job by choosing organic produce. Here are some great ways that your choice to order organic groceries online helps green your kitchen.
11. Organic milk takes less energy to produce than factory farm milk. Organic milk takes 3 times less energy to produce than its non-organic counterpart. How is that for a great start in the energy saving department?
12. Non-animal products need less water. By following #MeatlessMonday or choosing to observe #AugustforAnimals, a movement away from high density factory farming, you’re saving heaps of water in the production of food. In fact, 3000 litres goes into 150mls of steak. Simple changes and thinking about where your meat comes from and how much you consume is an amazing support to the environment.
13. Include the flat mate and the extended family in your shop. By buying in groups, you save delivery fuel miles. You can also reduce your packaging in some cases with our Lettuce Deliver orders by combining the load.
14. Think about food fuel miles. Shopping local help reduce the amount of fuel and energy expended in transport. It also helps the local farmers and food producers and artisan food makers sustain their livelihoods.
15. Shop seasonally. Choosing to eat food that is grown within the season means there is less electricity used to grow products in greenhouse environments. It also means you are not transporting food from country to country, chasing the seasons. Vive la seasonal produce boxes!
Review your cooking equipment
The cooking process can have some hidden nasties when it comes to the eco-friendliness of your kitchen. Here are some ways to get more efficient and safer cooking practises in your kitchen:
16. Avoid non-stick and Teflon coated cooking pans. When you heat Teflon and non stick cooking pans, there is potential for the release of toxic fumes due to the manufacturing processes used. That’s why we stock durable, PTFE/PTOA free pots and pans to reduce your risk.
17. Cook in batches to reduce cooking time. Think about the size and capability of your pots, pans and storage equipment and channel your inner MamaBake to get the meals prepared for the week on one day as opposed to kicking over the cooking process every single night. Plus it also takes less energy to run a full freezer than a full one, so it’s a win-win!
18. Avoid cooking equipment like pressure cookers. Anything that can cook your food in high pressured and overly quick environments should be avoided. These talents usually come at the cost of high electricity and energy usage.
19. Think about fridge health. Not only does choosing an energy efficient fridge help reduce your electricity bill, it also helps to keep that fridge in tip-top condition throughout its life. Dust can reduce your fridge’s ability to operate efficiently by up to 30%. Simple acts like dusting your fridge on a regular basis can prevent dust building up in the back and motor.
20. Choose recycled foil and avoid plastic wrap. Aluminium foil and plastic wrap are terrible in their production in their impact on landfill. Wherever possible, avoid these items by choosing sturdy tins and containers. If you do need to use foil, choose 100% recycled foil.
21. Why buy when you can share? If you need a piece of cooking equipment for a small time, try places like Open Shed to rent that equipment from your neighbours. Or if you buy a piece of equipment that isn’t in use all the time, list it so you can share with others!
22. Have a light bulb moment. CFLs and energy saving light bulbs use up to 5 times less electricity and energy to shed light on your kitchen situation. How illuminating!
23. Install a dishwasher. Moving away from hand washing helps reduce both electricity and water load on your kitchen. Choose a high star rating and low energy usage at purchase and really make a saving. And choose dishwasher powder and tablets that are eco friendly.
Green your cleaning habits
The next time you order organic groceries online, don’t forget to include some of these items to help with the cleaning up process:
24. Use bicarbonate of soda. This versatile cleaning product can help with all manner of things. Put a little in a dish to soak up funky fridge smells, sprinkle it on the carpets before you vacuum to freshen up musty rooms and combine it with white vinegar to make a cleaning product even the toughest grease can’t fight.
25. Use white vinegar. White vinegar is great for tough grease and stains with bicarb. But it’s also great with dealing with puppy and kitten wee for toilet training accidents- and unlike ammonia based cleaning products, white vinegar doesn’t enhance the wee smell and attract your new pet to the wrong spot! It’s also great for cleaning the bathroom and adding to vanilla and lavender in a trigger bottle with water to clean curtains and soft furnishings.
26. Use lemon. Got a smelly fridge? Cut a lemon in half and place it in the fridge to help the bicarb kill those odours. Does the microwave smell? Cut up a lemon, place it in a dish of water and switch the power on for a few minutes for that lemon fresh scent. You can also use lemon on wooden chopping boards by dragging the cut lemon over the board and leaving it overnight or in sunshine to dry. And clean off lime scale around the taps with lemon as well. How cool is that?
27. Use salt. Are your tea cups and benches stained? Do your wooden chopping boards look a little worse for wear? Bring out the salt! Salt is amazing for cleaning out hard to get stains as well as killing bin odours. Give it a try- you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
28. Don’t buy anti-bacterial cleaning products. We have a great range of earth friendly cleaning products that are great for the planet that you can add when you order organic groceries online. You should also avoid these products because they can contribute to the amount of ‘superbugs’ found in the home, which is especially risky for anyone facing serious illness.
29. Ditch the paper towel. Instead, look for cloth cleaning products made from sustainable sources such as hemp and bamboo. If you do need paper towel, always choose recycled ones.
Cleaning is an incredibly big part of making any kitchen or home eco-friendly, so we’ll revisit this again at another time. But for the moment, these tips should help you get through it.
The final word on making an eco-friendly kitchen
The next time your order organic groceries online with us, make sure you duck into the cleaning products, the appliances and pots and pans. We have a wealth of helpful items that can help you green your kitchen experience as well as reduce your household bills and workload in the process.