If you're interested in helping the environment, take the first step by outfitting your kitchen with these green kitchenware products. Whether they're made with environmentally responsible materials, or they can help you save energy while you're cooking, these green kitchen products might just help save the planet.
Induction cooktops are far more efficient than gas or electric burners. Not only do they heat food faster than other cooking surface, but the cooking method is more energy-efficient: induction coils create a magnetic field that actually heats food within the pot, rather than heating the base of the pot. Even if you can't afford to replace your stove with an induction cooktop, you can still invest in Fagor's portable induction cooktop, which is great for cooking in the summer (your kitchen stays cooler because heat does not radiate off the cooking surface), as an extra burner for entertaining, or for cooking outside of your kitchen, such as in the back yard or on a boat or an RV.
2. Compost Pail
Put food scraps to good use instead of throwing them in the trash (where they'll head to the landfill and produce the greenhouse gas methane). Instead, this countertop composter will stash your scraps until you're ready to take them to the compost pile outside. Made of attractive (and renewable!) bamboo, this pail has carbon filters to keep odors at bay, and a dishwasher-safe inner lining.
The chemical Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), which is used in the production of many nonstick coatings, is potentially carcinogenic. While using a nonstick pan that was made with PFOA might not cause you to ingest this chemical, it has been found in the envornment simply from being used in manufacturing. Swiss Diamond nonstick pans do not contain PFOA and are made of a diamond-reinforced substance that is highly resistant to scratching - which means your pans will last longer and you won't have to replace them as often.
Opt for bamboo cooking utensils instead of wooden or plastic ones. Bamboo is fast-growing, which makes it a more sustainable resource than wood because it can be replanted and harvested more quickly. These "Spoontulas" by Bambu are designed to stir, scoop and spread, and are naturally heat- and stain-resistant.
Pressure cooking is the ultimate in eco-friendly cooking: this method cooks food in as little as 30 percent the amount of time it takes to cook food in more conventional methods, so your stove is on for less time, conserving gas or electricity. This version from Fissler also comes with a frying or steaming basket.
6. Soda Maker
Making sodas at home in reusable bottles cuts down on the amount of plastic and other garbage you generate, not to mention the resources that went into making, bottling and transporting the soda. The SodaStream Jet soda maker comes with two BPA-free plastic bottles that can be reused again and again for as long as three year. Make your own flavored syrups to go with it, or use unflavored soda water in drinks like a fizzy minted lemonade, and you'll also avoid artificial flavors and other chemicals.
Cut down on your use of detergent with this clever and effective scrub. Made from recycled and natural material, the Spaghetti Scrubs rely on either powdered peach pits or corn cobs to clean pots, pans, bowls and surfaces.
This set of cheerful nesting bowls is made of 100 percent recycled #5 plastic, and are designed with an easy-to-grip handle and a spout for pouring. They're dishwasher safe and designed to be thick and durable. It's not likely you'll get tired of these bowls any time soon, but if you do, they're 100 percent recyclable themselves.