Local government, businesses, communities and households will all need to take part in tackling climate change. People are finding that making changes can be a positive experience. Folks are shifting their priorities – elevating experiences over things –enjoying better memories, healthier lifestyles, and stronger relationships. The kitchen is a very satisfying place to get started.
Here are 10 actions Portlanders are taking to Get More of the Good Stuff in the kitchen. They are ranked based on their environmental impacts - starting with the highest climate change impact to the lowest.
- Eat Unprocessed Foods -Especially Fruits, Vegetables and Grains: A delicious and healthy way to be green!
- Reduce Wasted Food: Planning meals, using a grocery list, storing properly and choosing realistic portions are easy ways to reduce food waste.
- Plan a Kitchen that is the Size that Fits Your Needs: There’s nothing like having a well thought out kitchen layout so that everything you need is at your fingertips.
- Purchase Energy Star Appliances: Can’t beat that lower utility bill!
- Practice Good Food Preservation Techniques: Canning and freezing foods gives you access to local, seasonal food year round!
- Buy Durable and Used Goods for the Kitchen: Reusable cloth napkins and durable plates and silverware add a sense of something special to a meal.
- Prepare and Eat Meals Together at Home: So much tastier then eating on the run or go! And more affordable!
- Grow and Share Your Food: Planting and tending a home garden is a great activity for the whole family. You could even share your garden space with a neighbor.
- Remodel Resourcefully: Using salvaged and non-toxic materials makes for a unique and healthy remodel.
- Reduce Packaging Related to Food: Bringing tote bags, using durable containers and eating less processed foods helps reduce the clutter of unwanted packaging.