What do you do to keep it green in the kitchen? No, not vegetables or fruits. What have you changed in your kitchen habits to tread more gently on this earth?
I always considered myself a pretty darn good recycler until we moved to our community here in Columbus. They curbside recycle *everything* here, from juice boxes and magazines to aerosol cans and old auto oil, along with the traditional paper-cans-plastic bottles.
We've also built a compost pile behind our garage. Between composting and recycling, our kitchen garbage is almost non-existent. Only plastic bags and wrap from packages, animal food waste and lids from jars are thrown away.
To cut down on the amount of freezer bags I use for leftovers, etc., I wrap the food I want to freeze in wax paper (easily decomposes) and then put the items in the freezer bag. I can use the freezer bag again and again, without tossing it.
Another big change is I exclusively use a vinegar and water solution in the kitchen for disinfecting and cleaning. The "distinctive" odor fades as soon as it dries and I love that when I use it on G's highchair tray, I know that there is no yucky residue. My friend E uses Shaklee items exclusively and is really happy with them. Another friend S uses Mrs. Meyer's Cleaning products. Here is a website that has "recipes" for other homemade cleaners too.
Lastly, I have dubbed myself the human garbage disposal. I know, I know, it is not a very appealing name, but I find myself nibbling on the leftovers that my boys (within *reason*!) leave on their plates in order to cut down on the amount we throw away.
Now, how 'bout you?