The Best Ways to Go Green in Your Kitchen

SodastreamSodastreamIf you took a look around your home, you could probably pinpoint at least 10 things in plain sight that you know aren't exactly environmentally friendly. There are countless reports on how modern conveniences are destroying our planet: our cars emit harmful greenhouse gases, electronics contain hazardous materials, and plastics' chemicals can work their way into the ecosystem, harming not only ourselves but our furry friends, as well.

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You don't have to make major changes to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle in your kitchen. By making a few minor adjustments, you'll be cooking up dishes in your kitchen that would make Mother Nature proud. Check out our list to see how you can start your green kitchen revival.

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Storage Smarts

Plastic bags are so things of the past. Instead of stockpiling wasteful bags, stock your house with plenty of reusable containers and carriers. Produce bags not only eliminate the need for plastic, but the specially designed fabric aims to keep your purchases garden-fresh. The To-Go Ware Lunch Kit makes the brown bag look like yesterday's fashion. With its stainless steel sheen and bamboo cutlery set, you'll avoid waste with reused products. If you're packing a lunch for two, what's more romantic than a gorgeous, hand-woven eco picnic basket made from 100 percent renewable resources? Complete with plates, utensils, wine glasses, and organic cotton linens, this piece is perfect to celebrate Mother Earth in her natural habitat.

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Small Steps to Greener Cooking

Having an inspector check your gas stove and Energy Star appliances is a great way to reduce fuel use. But replacing your appliances can be a daunting goal in the quest for a greener life. Start small with the Eco-Cooker, a sanitary separator that allows you to cook multiple items in a single pot, therefore saving water. And nix the baby food jars and go even greener with the Béaba Babycook, a device that locks in nutrients to give your baby the best meal without harmful impact on the Earth. While thermonuclear technology hardly seems like an eco-friendly choice, the iWave Cube uses less energy than a full-size microwave.

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Sustainable Sushi

Sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. Combing through your kitchen tools and slowly replacing them one by one is a fine path to a greener life. If you crave crafting homemade sushi, try the Helen Chen sushi kit. This product is not only super effective for serving up some great homemade rolls, but it is also made from bamboo, a traditional and 100 percent sustainable resource.

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Drinking for Change (pictured above)

Before you purchase another bottle of water, consider this: the production and transportation of bottled water in 2007 used the energy equivalent of 32 and 54 million barrels of oil, respectively. That's enough to fuel about 1.5 million cars for a year. Gadgets like the SodaStream, which help you make your own homemade soda and sparkling water, can help reduce bottled soda's carbon footprint by up to 80 percent. Using water from the tap (something bottled water companies supposedly do anyway), SodaStream doesn't compromise quality or taste and comes with a variety of flavored syrups.

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-Lauren Gordon, The Daily Meal