Here are some key ways you can do this in the kitchen:
- Shop at your local farmer’s market;
- Grow a pot of mixed fresh herbs, you only ever need a few sprigs for a recipe;
- Eat foods in season, or modify recipes according to season;
- Try to buy some organic produce (see the "Dirty Dozen" list of foods high in pesticides);
- One-pot meals use less energy and will save on clean-up, too! (Beef Stew, More-than-Chicken Soup, Fried Rice...);
- Serve recommended 3-4oz protein portion size, so that each meal is balanced with vegetables, grains. Even having a vegetarian meal once a week is beneficial to your body and the earth;
- Use cool water to rinse vegetables—or use a large bowl to wash all the produce for your meal in one go. You could even re-use this water to rinse dishes before loading the dishwasher;
- Allow leftover food to cool completely before putting it into the refrigerator;
- Let the dishes in the dishwasher air dry, especially in the summer;
- Use dishtowels, cloth napkins, real plates and cutlery instead of paper and plastic products;
- Use eco-friendly cleansers and products for everyday tasks;
- Use water filters instead of buying bottled water. Refill your own BPA free bottles;
- ALWAYS carry around compact, reusable shopping bags, you know you'll need one!
For more earth-saving ideas, see 50 Ways to Help the Planet.